Many people who find themselves in a training role didn’t start out with that in mind. Perhaps they’re trusted employees tasked with orienting new hires, or are subject matter experts who have been “promoted” to training others. They’re doing a decent job, yet they want to discover what they might be missing. Or maybe they’ve been training a long time, but they don’t know about the newest trends in workplace talent development and want to be reinspired by their field.
Does this sound like you? You should sign up for ATD’s three-day Training Certificate Program.
After facilitating this program for eight years, I can say with certainty that it’s a great overview of the training function! Based on Training Delivery, one of The ATD Competency Model’s 10 areas of expertise, the program is organized around a four-step training cycle: Purpose and Assessment, Planning and Preparation, Presentation and Facilitation, and Performance and Evaluation. Following this cycle, participants learn and reinforce principles, tools, and techniques they can use immediately to deliver informal and formal learning solutions in ways that are engaging and effective.
One of my favorite segments of the program makes the connection between how our brains learn and the impact of that on how we conduct training. Participants always have fun generating ideas for facilitating training in a variety of ways so that learners have opportunities to learn in their preferred manner (and—surprising to some—it’s not about “learning styles”).
A huge benefit of participating in the Training Certificate Program is the opportunity to share with and learn from fellow participants. Activities encourage people to talk about challenges they’re facing and practices that have proven effective as well as ask questions of others. About a year ago, ATD created its online Learning Portal, providing opportunities for each class group to extend these conversations virtually for up to eight weeks after the course.
Experienced trainers in my classes often tell me that even though they’ve been training for years, participating in the program reinforced what they knew and gave them new knowledge and skills they’re excited about implementing in their programs.
If you’ve been wondering whether the Training Certificate Program is right for you, give it a closer look! From what I’ve seen and heard facilitating the program for a wide variety of participants in both public and corporate settings, this program truly does have something for everyone.