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Training Certificate

The premier train-the-trainer program.

Gain a complete understanding of the entire training function and learn the latest techniques for delivering powerful training.

Credits: CEU 2.1 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Trainer
Language(s): English More


Course Info

Gain a practical, how-to overview of the entire training function in this best-in-class train-the-trainer program. Through modeling of best practices and the latest techniques in training delivery, you will experience a live demonstration of exceptional facilitation skills.

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Gain a practical, how-to overview of the entire training function in this best-in-class train-the-trainer program. Through modeling of best practices and the latest techniques in training delivery, you will experience a live demonstration of exceptional facilitation skills.

You’ll be introduced to a proven model for delivering outcome-based development and training. This will cover Purpose & Assessment, Planning & Preparation, Presentation & Facilitation, and Performance & Evaluation. New trainers seeking tips and techniques and experienced trainers who want to increase learner engagement and refresh their toolkit will benefit by earning this trainer certificate. Acquire a strong foundation in proven training and facilitation techniques that is balanced in theory and practical application.

The focus of this corporate/organizational training course is on what happens before, during, and after you deliver training. This certificate aligns with the training delivery area of expertise in the ATD Competency Model, which serves as the foundation for ATD Certification Institute Master Series programs and APTD and CPLP certifications.


  • Fully grasp how to use adult learning theory to engage your learners.
  • Gain a foundation in conducting a needs assessment, developing learning objectives, and evaluating the
  • impact of your training initiatives.
  • Learn and apply effective training techniques for engaging a variety of learning styles and preferences, creating an effective positive learning environment, leveraging effective questioning techniques, and managing classroom challenges.
  • Develop engaging, learner-centered training solutions.
  • Design and deliver your own 10-minute skill exercises to practice new techniques learned in the course.
  • Identify professional growth opportunities through pre- and post-course self-assessments.


Innovative technologies provide tips and tricks on how you can maximize engagement with polling technology, virtual parking lots, mobile apps, game-based applications, augmented reality, and video creation tools. An array of tools, templates, and job aids—including the ATD training cycle job aid, an instructional methods checklist, a training delivery assessment tool, and the PUNCH Model for engaging adult learners—are included with this program to support your application back on the job. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Describe the training cycle.
  • Identify and determine the need for training—what, who, and how.
  • Write effective learning objectives.
  • Design participant-oriented learning materials and exercises.
  • Apply adult learning concepts, develop supportive climates, and customize off-the-shelf materials.
  • Use training activities and alternatives to lecture, strategize for different learning needs, and create effective questioning techniques.
  • Prepare properly for a training session, and prepare participants to foster learning.
  • Manage and encourage participants of all backgrounds and learning styles
  • Address challenging participants and behaviors.
  • Present and facilitate a training program, including use of audio visuals and handouts.
  • Evaluate program impact at different levels using a variety of methods.
  • Identify the five levels of evaluation.
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Course Topics
Topic 1 - Introduction
Lesson 1: Opening Training Sessions With PUNCH!
Lesson 2: The ATD Competency Model
Lesson 3: The Training Cycle
Topic 2 - Purpose and Assessment
Lesson 1: Needs Assessment
Lesson 2: Learning Objectives
Topic 3 - Planning and Preparation
Lesson 1: The Four Dimensions of Training
Lesson 2: Adult Learning Principles
Lesson 3: Instructional Design
Lesson 4: Preparing Materials, the Environment,
and Yourself
Topic 4 - Presentation and Facilitation
Lesson 1: Preferences for Learning
Lesson 2: Establishing a Positive Learning Environment
Lesson 3: Presenting, Training, and Facilitating
Lesson 4: Challenges of the Profession
Topic 5 - Evaluation and Performance
Lesson 1: Evaluation
Lesson 2: Exemplary Performance
Topic 6 - Appendix
A Day in the Life
Data Collection Word Search
ROPES Phases of Instruction
Training Preparation Checklists
Prevent Nervousness
Learning Styles: Going, Going, Almost Gone
Who’s Who
Critical Facilitator Techniques
Training and Facilitating Competency Checklist
Transfer of Training
Levels of Evaluation
Recommended Reading and Resources

Skills Practice Delivery
  • Preview of Skills Practice
  • Training and Facilitating Competency Checklist
  • Constructive Feedback

ATD TD at Work
Training Toolbox
Who Should Attend
  • New and experienced trainers, training coordinators, or instructional designers looking for insight into the role of trainers.
  • Anyone ready to learn from fellow trainers spanning various industries will benefit from the collaborative nature of this course.

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: Foundational
Roles: Trainer
Language: English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese
What Our Participants Are Saying
Claudia Montoya-Andrews

"This is the basic framework that anyone in the learning industry should know first hand."

Kristina Davis

"My favorite takeaways would have to be: You can't teach someone, but you can help them learn, along with many effective ways to get your participants engaged in the information."

Dean Hendricks

“The course really opens your eyes to best practices for being a successful facilitator and not just a lecturer.”

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Things to Know


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.


Enrolled in a program? Sign in to the ATD Learning Portal with your ATD account credentials two weeks before the first day of class to:

  • Engage with your facilitator and peers.
  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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