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ATD Master Instructional Designer™ Program

Prove your ability. Elevate your design. Deliver impactful learning solutions.

Master Instructional Designer logo - 305x275 As the learning and development landscape continues to evolve, you are tasked with maximizing resources, while delivering quality learning solutions.  This unique assessment-based certificate program provides you with the opportunity to evaluate real-world projects, and work with expert facilitators to help you master the skills required to create formal and informal learning solutions. You’ll benefit from peer collaboration and individualized feedback to reinforce your learning, and gain a customized toolkit of resources to use immediately back on the job.

Proving your ability will earn you the respected title of ATD Master Instructional Designer. Become a part of this exclusive group today.

Dates & Locations

San Francisco, CA

Nov 10-12, 2014

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Dallas, TX

Dec 03-05, 2014

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About the Program
About the Program

Be properly prepared as the role of the instructional designer evolves and more is demanded of your talent and time. The ATD Master Instructional Designer certificate program covers the entire process of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning programs. In addition, this program explores new design models and techniques that align with emerging needs. The goal of the ATD Master Instructional Designer certificate program is to give you new approaches to instructional design with a focus on the latest and most effective techniques. Grounded in theory and focused on practice and application, this program will help you master your professional capacity for instructional design.

In this program, you will:

  1. Engage in an online learning community.
  2. Participant in a three day face-to-face course to develop and demonstrate your mastery of instructional design.
  3. Select an elective course to meet a unique learning need.
  4. Refine and deliver your final learning project.

Program Benefits
  • Connect with a cohort of learning professionals.
  • Gain access to the ATD comprehensive guide to instructional design.
  • Receive the industry-recognized certificate—ATD Master Instructional Designer.
  • Experience three collaborative peer design evaluations.
  • Present your final learning project and gain individualized feedback and analysis.
  • Take home a robust participant guide, with tools, resources, and templates to use back on the job.

    The ATD Master Instructional Designer
     program is offered by the ATD Certification Institute.
Program Components
Program Components


Sample Timeline

Part 1. Orientation
(online)
Take this online portion three weeks prior to Part 2: Core Course

Part 2. Core Course
(face-to-face)
Select the date and location most convenient for you for this three day face-to-face learning immersion.

Part 3. Elective and Learning Project
(online or face-to-face)
Select one of the program electives and complete the learning project.

Part 1: Fundamentals

Three weeks prior to the face-to-face component, you’ll join your peers in a private online community. This is an opportunity to network with your facilitator and fellow learners, gain access to key program materials and resources.

These valuable materials include the ATD Learning System Module on Instructional Design, an online discussion led by your ATD expert facilitator, and self-guided fundamental knowledge checks to assist in your preparation for the knowledge-assessment and core course.

Class size is limited to 16 to provide more comprehensive and tailored learning. Click here to view sample content.

Part 2: Core Course

Attend a three-day classroom training to elevate your design skills. Discover expanded content that addresses rapid and agile approaches, collaboration strategies, needs analysis, understanding today’s adult learner, techniques to maximize learning transfer, blended learning strategies, design tools, and more.

Program features include:
  • an overview of the Part 1: Fundamentals content
  • case study discussion and evaluation to elevate learning
  • use of real-time on-the-job design projects
  • multiple opportunities to practice and improve your learning project design with peer and expert facilitator analysis.

Class size is limited to 16 to provide more comprehensive and tailored learning. Click here to view sample content.

Part 3: Elective and Learning Project

You’ll continue your personalized learning experience by completing the elective course (online or face-to-face) of your choice to help you address your own unique professional development needs. Choose from the following options:

     
Along with the elective, the final component to your success in the program is the design and presentation of your learning project eight weeks after the core course. You will have the opportunity to work on your design in the core course, receiving feedback and analysis from your peers and expert facilitator.

ATD estimates approximately three to four months to successfully complete the entire program.

Keep in mind the ATD Master Instructional Designer™ program is a unique assessment-based certificate program. If you are interested in strengthening your ability in training design, but are not interested in committing to the ATD Master Instructional Designer assessment component or time frame, consider the Designing Learning program.


Learning Objectives
Learning Objectives
After this program, you will be able to:
  • Conduct a needs assessment for learning programs that:
    • aligns organizational objectives and the learning opportunity
    • addresses target populations’ specific needs
    • identifies constraints and/or problems affecting design success
    • includes basic outcomes of the learning solution linked to business problems or opportunities.
  • Design learning solutions that reflect adult learning theories, and best address the needs of the learners and the organization through formal classroom training, blended learning, online learning, and informal approaches.
  • Use a collaborative approach with stakeholders (such as internal clients and subject matter experts) throughout a learning design project to:
    • plan and design the solution
    • select and/or create effective learning materials 
    • establish sign-off and approval processes for each step of the design process.
  • Create complete learning solutions including:
    • measurable learning objectives
    • instructional content that reflects the diversity of the learners
    • a variety of learning methods and emerging technologies to reach learning outcomes.
  • Identify appropriate evaluation techniques and apply them to measure the impact of the learning solution.
Facilitators
Facilitators
  • Mimi Banta

    Mimi Banta, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and development initiatives that produce results. Clients rely on her ability to diagnose training needs, engage executives in development efforts, design and conduct training, and equip in-house staff to be effective trainers. In addition to an educational background in psychology and adult education, Mimi is certified to ...

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    Mimi Banta

    Mimi Banta, a skilled facilitator and organization development consultant, has over 25 years of experience helping private, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations implement training and development initiatives that produce results. Clients rely on her ability to diagnose training needs, engage executives in development efforts, design and conduct training, and equip in-house staff to be effective trainers.

    In addition to an educational background in psychology and adult education, Mimi is certified to use a variety of tools such as the Career Architect, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, "I Speak Your Language," and Change Style Indicator. She is also affiliated with Netspeed Leadership, Learning Tree International, and is master certified in Achieve Global products and services.

    Facilitates the following:

  • Cindy Huggett

    Cindy Huggett

    Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is an independent consultant, professional speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in workplace training and development. With more than 20 years of experience, Cindy has successfully designed curriculums, facilitated classes, and led training rollouts in almost every industry and every size organization. Cindy is the author of The Virtual Training Guidebook: How to Design, Deliver, and Implement Live Online Learning (2013), Virtual Training Basics (2010), ...

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    Cindy Huggett

    Cindy Huggett

    Cindy Huggett, CPLP, is an independent consultant, professional speaker, instructional designer, classroom facilitator, and author who specializes in workplace training and development. With more than 20 years of experience, Cindy has successfully designed curriculums, facilitated classes, and led training rollouts in almost every industry and every size organization.

    Cindy is the author of The Virtual Training Guidebook: How to Design, Deliver, and Implement Live Online Learning (2013), Virtual Training Basics (2010), and the co-author of two ASTD Press Infolines, “Simple, Effective Online Learning” (2008) and “Designing for the Virtual Classroom” (2009). She holds a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. Cindy is also a past member of the ASTD National Board of Directors and was one of the first to earn the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation.

    Facilitates the following:

  • Lorimer Fauntleroy

    Lorimer Fauntleroy

    Lorimer Fauntleroy is the principal of Pinnacle Performance Partners (P3), based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. P3 is a workplace learning and development company specializing in performance-based learning solutions. P3 assists clients in determining whether the cause of a performance gap is a lack of performer knowledge or skills. When it is, P3 creates a performance-based learning solution. Since 2000, P3 has assisted ASTD in various capacities including a number of course ...

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    Lorimer Fauntleroy

    Lorimer Fauntleroy

    Lorimer Fauntleroy is the principal of Pinnacle Performance Partners (P3), based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. P3 is a workplace learning and development company specializing in performance-based learning solutions. P3 assists clients in determining whether the cause of a performance gap is a lack of performer knowledge or skills. When it is, P3 creates a performance-based learning solution.

    Since 2000, P3 has assisted ASTD in various capacities including a number of course redesigns and development, course review and oversight, and course facilitation.

    Organizations for which P3 has provided on-site services since 1998 include Mercury Insurance, Image Point, ExxonMobil, High Point Regional Health System, Lockheed Martin, National Center on Education and the Economy, Ft. Campbell Army Base, Acupowder, The University of Tulsa, Luxotica, United Healthcare, American Express, Alphagraphics, International Truck, and others.

    Lorimer holds a BA degree in History from the University of Richmond and an MS degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Tennessee.

    Facilitates the following:

  • Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland is an organization development and training partner, facilitator, coach, instructional designer, and performance consultant with a twenty-year background working with leaders at all levels — C-level, managers, teams, and individual contributors. She has her own consulting business and has worked for training companies Blessing/White and Cahners TRACOM. She has worked with leaders in Fortune 100 companies in diverse industries, as well as government agencies, and a California university ...

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    Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland

    Rhonda Askeland is an organization development and training partner, facilitator, coach, instructional designer, and performance consultant with a twenty-year background working with leaders at all levels — C-level, managers, teams, and individual contributors. She has her own consulting business and has worked for training companies Blessing/White and Cahners TRACOM. She has worked with leaders in Fortune 100 companies in diverse industries, as well as government agencies, and a California university system.

    Her recent projects include development of a leadership development series in the entertainment industry, co-development and facilitation of an innovative 12-month leadership program for executive managers in the finance industry, and ongoing coaching of sales management on account executives selection process for a credit-reporting agency. In addition to coaching, she created a 90-day onboarding map to follow-up account executive selection to accelerate hire-to-performance.

    Her creativity in design and delivery earned her recognition in ASTD's Training magazine for innovative training and experiential learning techniques. Additionally, she was a co-author in two ASTD's T+D Learning Blueprint columns on "Presentation Design" and "More Than a Smile Sheet: Using Level 1 Evaluation Effectively."

    Rhonda has a passion for helping organizations achieve results through people. She is president-elect of ASTD Orange County (OC), past president of International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI)-OC (2009), past board member of ISPI-OC and ISPI-LA, and is currently on the Whittier College Alumni Board.

    Rhonda's goal is to improve performance through people.

    Facilitates the following:

FAQs
FAQs
  • Where does the ATD Master Instructional Designer Program sit on the professional development spectrum and how is it different from a certificate program and the CPLP®.?

    Where does the ATD Master Instructional Designer Program sit on the professional development spectrum and how is it different from a certificate program and the CPLP®.?

    The ATD Master Instructional Designer Program is a new offering from ATD created at the request of instructional design professionals. It sits on the spectrum of professional development between an ATD certificate program and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® credential.
  • Are there any prerequisites?

    Are there any prerequisites?

    There are no prerequisites or materials required.  However, three years or more experience with instructional design is highly recommended.
  • May I get a discount as an ATD member?

    May I get a discount as an ATD member?

    Yes, as an ATD member you save $300 on the program, we are happy to continue offering our members the lowest price possible.
  • If I attend in full will I pass the program?

    If I attend in full will I pass the program?

    While passing the program is not assumed, ATD is committed to your success. Our expectation is that participants will bring significant dedication and effort to the experience in order to acquire the core knowledge and skills and design and submit a learning solution to demonstrate foundational mastery in the program’s concepts.
  • Can I study prior to the Knowledge Test and Learning Project?

    Can I study prior to the Knowledge Test and Learning Project?

    Yes, during the Fundamentals you will have pre-work/reading, which will help prepare you not only for the Core Course, but for the Knowledge Test and Learning Project as well.
  • When will I know the results of the Knowledge Test and Learning Project?

    When will I know the results of the Knowledge Test and Learning Project?

    Participants will know the results of their Knowledge Test immediately after completing the assessment.  Results for the learning project will be shared with participants immediately after the presentation.
  • What if I don't pass either the Knowledge Test or Learning Project submission?

    What if I don't pass either the Knowledge Test or Learning Project submission?

    Participants will have an opportunity to retake the Knowledge Test as many times is necessary.  However, you will only have one opportunity to resubmit your learning project design.

    Knowledge Test
    Participants will have the option to complete a make-up Knowledge Test as many times as needed to complete the test.

    Learning Project
    Participants will receive individualized feedback, and have an opportunity to resubmit the learning project within one month of the initial review.

  • How long do I have to complete the entire program?

    How long do I have to complete the entire program?

    ATD estimates that it should take approximately three to four months to complete the entire program. Keep in mind that this is a blended learning experience consisting of three parts: online Fundamentals, Core Course, and an Elective. The Fundamentals section is completed three weeks prior to the program, the Core Course takes place over three days via an in-person training, and then you choose an elective from a predetermined list of ATD certificate programs that may be taken in person or online. How long it takes to complete the elective course depends on scheduling (for example when the program will be offered). Upon successful completion of all components, participants will receive their ATD Master Instructional Designer certificate in the mail.

  • What does successfully completing the ATD Master Instructional Designer Program really mean?

    What does successfully completing the ATD Master Instructional Designer Program really mean?

    This means that you have successfully demonstrated a foundational mastery in the core concepts associated with instructional design.  All participants who successfully complete the program receive an ATD Master Instructional Designer™ certificate.  Participants are also encouraged to note this achievement on their resume or CV.   In addition, ATD will keep a roster of all participants who successfully complete the program.  We encourage you to invite your employer or clients to contact the ATD Education Department to verify your participation and success.
  • Can I put ATD Master Instructional Designer on my business card?

    Can I put ATD Master Instructional Designer on my business card?

    Successful completion of this program does not equate to receiving a credential.  This is a certificate program rather than a certification program, so there is not a credential associated with this achievement.  However, you can list your achievement as:

    • Credentialed ATD Master Instructional Designer™
    • Verified ATD Master Instructional Designer™
    • Designated ATD Master Instructional Designer™
  • What are the differences between ATD’s certificate programs, the ATD Master Instructional Designer program, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® (CPLP®)?

    What are the differences between ATD’s certificate programs, the ATD Master Instructional Designer program, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® (CPLP®)?

    The ATD Master Instructional Designer program is an enhanced certificate program, based specifically on one Area of Expertise (AOE) in the ATD Competency Model, instructional design.  This unique program is a combination of a learning solution development and assessment component; offering instructional guidance to participants needing to develop or strengthen their foundational mastery in delivering engaging and effective design.  The ATD Master Instructional Designer Program is a great way for professionals to prove their ability in this one area of expertise.

    The CPLP® is a comprehensive workplace learning and performance certification, based on all nine AOEs in the ATD Competency Model.  CPLP® credentialing represents a level of professional achievement and competence. Just as important, achieving the credential demonstrates proficiency in support of learners and organizational performance and sets a standard of commitment to the learning and development profession. Becoming CPLP® certified makes you a leader as well as a role model in the learning and development community.
Credits & Attendance
Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

CPLP Recertification Points

This program may be eligible for up to 28 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at astd.org/recertification.

HRCI Recertification Credits

This program has been pre-approved for 28 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Attendance Policy

Face-to-Face Courses

Participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory in order to receive the certificate of completion and 2.8 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 Courses

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive a completion certificate and 2.8 CEUs. All sessions will be recorded and available for participants to review throughout the course of the program. If you meet the eligibility requirements ASTD will send you a completion certificate within two weeks of the last session.

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