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New Employee Onboarding Certificate

Develop for high performance from the start with successful new employee onboarding.

Create an effective onboarding program that immediately builds engagement with your new hires to increase retention and transform your organization.

Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): HR/OD Professional More
Capability Area(s): Training Delivery and Facilitation More


Course Info

In this program, you’ll learn everything you need to create effective onboarding programs that build engagement with your new hires even before they start on their first day. Using ATD’s 5R model of employee onboarding, you’ll learn to successfully navigate the review, recruitment, role clarity, relationship building, and results phases of onboarding.

Why Should I Attend?

In this program, you’ll learn everything you need to create effective onboarding programs that build engagement with your new hires even before they start on their first day. Using ATD’s 5R model of employee onboarding, you’ll learn to successfully navigate the review, recruitment, role clarity, relationship building, and results phases of onboarding.

Why Should I Attend?

  • Learn how to develop an onboarding program, from business case to implementation, at your organization.
  • Refresh the content of an existing onboarding program.
  • Improve employee engagement by providing tools for successful new hire integration.
  • Increase new hire ROI.

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What You Will Learn
  • Identify strengths and areas for improvement in your current onboarding initiatives.
  • Define a business case for onboarding.
  • Write a recruiting brief to direct the individuals in the hiring process and choose a strong candidate.
  • Build a positive relationship with the new hire in the interval between hiring and their first day.
  • Apply strategies to ensure new hires are clear about their roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify special considerations when onboarding managers and executives.
  • Generate ideas for how to incorporate new approaches into an organization’s onboarding process.
  • Plan interactions to enable a new hire to build relationships with relevant colleagues in the organization.
  • ·Create an onboarding plan that identifies meaningful contributions the new hire can make within the first 90 days.
  • Communicate the results of the onboarding program to key stakeholders within the organization.
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Course Topics
Topic 1 - Introduction
  • Introduction to Onboarding
  • Benefits of Onboarding
Topic 2 - Review Your Current Onboarding Programs
  • Analyzing Your Current Onboarding Initiatives
  • Aligning Your Program With Organizational Goals
  • Building the Business Case
Topic 3 - Recruit for Long-Term Retention
  • Creating an Engagement Culture
  • Writing a Recruiting Brief
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Realistic Job Previews
  • Successful Pre-Onboarding
Topic 4 - Establish Roles and Responsibilities
  • Organizing Onboarding Content
  • Planning for a Great First Day
  • Compliance Training
  • Highlighting Company Vision and Values
  • Developing Role Clarity
  • Onboarding Organizational Leaders
  • Organizing Leadership Onboarding Content
Topic 5 - Build Productive Relationships
  • Planning Socialization for New Hires
  • Buddy Relationships
  • Employee Coaching
  • Leadership Training
Topic 6 - Collaborate to Deliver Results
  • Creating an Onboarding Plan
  • Scheduling Check-Ins
  • Planning for Long-Term Results
  • Common Challenges for Onboarding Programs
  • Measuring Program Results
  • Effective Communication Strategies
Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for human resources/organizational development professionals with zero to two years of experience designing and managing onboarding programs. Primary audiences include individuals who want to create, update, or manage an onboarding program as an integral part of their talent acquisition, development, and retention strategies and who want to learn how to design successful onboarding programs, from building the business case to adapting existing onboarding programs.

Typical roles include:

  • Instructional Designer
  • Manager, Organizational Development
  • Onboarding Program Manager
  • Training Consultant
  • Workforce Development Specialist.

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: Capable
Roles: HR/OD Professional, Instructional Designer
What Our Participants Are Saying
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"ATD is an organization dedicated to talent development - with their research and expertise, I trust that their programs can give me what I am looking for to implement within my organization."

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"ATD is recognized and respected throughout the world. I felt ATD would give me the tools I need to develop as well as the credibility I need to function in the workplace."

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"ATD is a reputable source that has always demonstrated to have high-quality and relevant training."

Dates & Locations
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  • May 04-05, 2023
    08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
    Alexandria, VA
  • Sep 21-22, 2023
    08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
    Alexandria, VA
  • Dec 18-19, 2023
    08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
    Alexandria, VA
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Things to Know


For full-day face-to-face and live online programs, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program, including both face-to-face and live online formats, 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.

For multi-week, live online 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. To be marked complete for that one session, please email [email protected]. For programs with four or fewer sessions, attendance at all live sessions is required to receive a certificate. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the program for your reference.

ATD requires active participation throughout the program to receive credit. Active participation in live online sessions 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 significantly limits your ability to fully and actively participate.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Platform at the end of the program.


14.0 learning hours

1.4 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 14.0 professional development hours or recertification points from the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) for the APTD or CPTD credential.

This program has been approved for 14.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 14.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


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