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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. Now online!

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Credits: CEU 2.1 MORE
Level: Capable
Role(s): Trainer/Facilitator
Language(s): English More
Capability Area(s): Performance Improvement More


Course Info

New! ATD is bringing its best-in-class Train-the-Trainer program online.

During the course of six live online sessions, you will explore what it takes to be an exceptional facilitator using ATD’s proven model for outcome-based training. Although this course is taught in the virtual classroom, the focus is on face-to-face facilitation.

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New! ATD is bringing its best-in-class Train-the-Trainer program online.

During the course of six live online sessions, you will explore what it takes to be an exceptional facilitator using ATD’s proven model for outcome-based training. Although this course is taught in the virtual classroom, the focus is on face-to-face facilitation.

Under the guidance of an expert facilitator, you will demonstrate your technique in a skills-practice delivery video at the end of the program. You’ll receive feedback from your facilitator and your peers, and you’ll also share your feedback with others.


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.

If you are interested in learning more about facilitating in the virtual classroom, consider the Virtual Training & Facilitation Certificate. 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 your participants to foster learning.
  • Manage and encourage participants of all backgrounds.
  • 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 - Performance and Evaluation
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

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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: Capable
Roles: Trainer/Facilitator
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.”

New! Take ATD’s best-in-class Train-the-Trainer program in six instructor-led, live online sessions. At the end of the program, demonstrate your technique by uploading a skills practice delivery video. Learn the best practices for delivering instructor-led training in any environment. The skills can also be applied to the virtual environment. See below for online course dates.

Dates & Locations
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    New York, NY
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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.


21.0 learning hours

2.1 CEUs awarded

This program is eligible for 21.0 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 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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