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Managing Learning Programs Certificate

Boost your acumen as a manager of the learning function.

New managers will learn to execute their organization's strategy by providing leadership and developing human capital.

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Credits: CEU 2.1 MORE
Level: Intermediate
Role(s): HR/OD Professional More
Language(s): English More


Course Info

This three-day learning management program provides critical tools for developing the learning function (its people and programs). Discover how to have a meaningful impact on the overall strategy of your organization. Access self-assessments, small group case study discussions, best-practice reviews, and feedback on specific challenges. You’ll also have access to rich content on the core disciplines of managing the talent development function.

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This three-day learning management program provides critical tools for developing the learning function (its people and programs). Discover how to have a meaningful impact on the overall strategy of your organization. Access self-assessments, small group case study discussions, best-practice reviews, and feedback on specific challenges. You’ll also have access to rich content on the core disciplines of managing the talent development function.

This comprehensive certificate course will prepare you to provide leadership in developing your organization’s people to execute organizational strategy. It is aligned with the managing learning programs area of expertise in the ATD Competency Model, which serves as the foundation for ATD Certification Institute’s APTD and CPLP certifications.


  • Get empowered to partner with business leaders and advocate for learning as a catalyst for performance improvement.
  • Develop a long-range road map for learning initiatives to implement the vision, understand what drives business, and show how talent development can best add value.

Run talent development like a business. Convert strategies into real-world action plans, develop budgets, and understand staffing and resource deployment. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the current and evolving role of the learning manager in challenging environments.
  • Establish a vision by creating a compelling picture of how the learning function improves business performance and enables execution of organizational strategy and partner with business leaders to advocate improving performance through learning.
  • Establish strategies; develop long-range learning, development, and human performance initiatives to implement the vision; understand what drives business and how the learning function can best add value.
  • Understand the best practices in needs assessment methodologies and learning needs identification, adult learning theory, learning design theory, learning technologies, learning information systems, and marketplace resources.
  • Run the learning function like a business by converting strategies into action plans reconciled with real-life constraints, develop and monitor budgets, and understand staffing and resource deployment.
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Topic 1 - Linking to the Organization
Lesson 1: Environment, Industry and Organization
Lesson 2: Measures
Lesson 2: Scanning
Topic 2 - Managing Strategy and Direction
Lesson 1: Vision and Mission
Lesson 2: Business Model
Lesson 3: Financial Model
Lesson 4: Strategic Plan
Lesson 5: Business Plan
Lesson 6: Budget
Lesson 7: Governance
Topic 3 - Managing Systems and Processes
Lesson 1: Project Management
Lesson 2: The Learning Project Life Cycle
Lesson 3: ADDIE
Lesson 4: Evaluation
Lesson 5: Vendor Management
Lesson 6: Technology
Lesson 7: Measures
Lesson 8: Marketing the Learning Function
Topic 4 - Managing Key Relationships
Lesson 1: Framework for Leadership
Lesson 2: New Leadership Requirements
Lesson 3: Clients and Stakeholders
Lesson 4: Staff
Lesson 5: Other Training Departments
Lesson 6: Subject Matter Experts
Lesson 7: Human Resources (HR) and Legal
Lesson 8: The CEO and Other Executives
Topic 5 - Appendix
Leaving ADDIE for SAM
Design Submission Sheet
Needs Assessment
The Value of HPI and Needs Assessment
Human Performance Improvement (HPI)
The Needs Assessment Process
Learning Design and Adult Learning Theories
Applying Learning Theory Principles
Selecting Instructional Strategies and Delivery Systems
Design Document
Course Development
The Course Development Process
Learning Function Strategic Plan
Learning Function Annual Business Plan
Learning Technologies
Who Should Attend

This program is designed for professionals who implement learning and development initiatives or those who are about to undertake this key organizational role.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals—trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners—but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

Level: Intermediate
Roles: HR/OD Professional, Manager
Language: English, Chinese
What Our Participants Are Saying
Elaine Finch

"I would recommend this program because it gives you comprehensive knowledge of how to competently develop a learning organization and what to watch out for when developing your learning strategy and business plan."

Crystal Downey
Crystal Downey

“This program gave me more insight into the roles of the people I support. I was able to speak their language using terms in the project management lexicon, which increased my credibility with the project managers I work with—both attendees of my programs and SMEs I collaborate with.”

Ruth de Zayas

"ATD is a leader in the industry and their credential and certificate programs are a valuable asset to have on your resume."

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  • Mar 02-04, 2020
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    Dallas, TX
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Face-to-Face Certificate Courses
Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and CEUs. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to receive the certificate. Participants who fulfill the attendance requirement will receive a certificate at the end of the program.

Online Certificate Courses
Participation in all online sessions at their currently scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and any applicable credits.

ATD requires active participation through the program to receive credit for the class. Active participation includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, breakout sessions, and intersession work. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

For programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to receive the certificate. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.


21.0 learning hours

2.1 CEUs awarded

Up to 21.0 APTD Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

Up to 21.0 CPLP Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

This program has been approved for 21.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 21.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


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  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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