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ATD Master Trainer™ Program

Tailor your learning. Prove your ability. Deliver the most engaging and effective training.

ATD Master Trainer Program

This unique assessment-based certificate program has expert facilitators working closely with you to help you master all aspects of training delivery. With this program, you’ll identify areas where you excel, and where you have opportunities for growth. You’ll benefit from collaborative and concrete training, and then be invited to assess your skills and knowledge.

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

Dates & Locations

San Diego, CA

Oct 07-10, 2014

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Chicago (Lombard), IL

Oct 21-24, 2014

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Dallas, TX

Nov 04-07, 2014

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Orlando, FL

Nov 18-21, 2014

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About the Program
About the Program

Be properly prepared as the role of the trainer evolves and more is demanded of your talent and time. The ATD Master Trainer Program is a unique assessment-based certificate offering that covers the entire process of delivering training, including assessment, preparation, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, and evaluating learning. Grounded in theory and focused on practice and application, this program will develop your professional capacity in this area of expertise.

In this program, you’ll:

  1. Engage in an online learning community. 
  2. Participant in a 4-day face-to-face course to develop and demonstrate your mastery of delivering training.
  3. Choose an elective (a second course) to meet a unique learning need and complete your learning experience.

Program Benefits

  • connection to a cohort of learning professionals
  • a complete learning prioritization inventory tracking your professional growth in delivering training
  • access to the ATD comprehensive guide to delivering training 
  • industry-recognized certificate—ATD Master Trainer™
  • experience with 3-4 practice deliveries
  • a video of your final training delivery with individualized feedback and analysis
  • a robust participant guide, with tools, resources, and templates to use back on the job

The ATD Master Trainer Program is offered by the ATD Certification Institute.

Program Components
Program Components

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Sample Timeline

Part 1. Fundamentals
(online)
Three weeks prior to Part 2.

Part 2. Core Course
(face-to-face)
Select the date and location most convenient for you.

Part 3. Elective
(online or face-to-face)
Select one of the program electives and complete within three months after Part 2.

Part 1: Fundamentals (Online)

Three weeks prior to the face-to-face component, you’ll join your peers in a private online community to complete self-directed exercises. You’ll be welcomed to the program, invited to network with your facilitator and fellow learners, and given access to the key program materials and resources.

These valuable materials include the ATD Learning System Module 2 (Delivering Training), an online discussion led by your ATD expert facilitator, and five ATD Infolines: "Accelerated Learning," "Blended Learning," "Creative Facilitation Techniques for Trainers,” “Ensuring Learning Transfer,” and ‘Facilitating in the Global Virtual Classroom." Click here to view sample content.

Part 2: Core Course (Face-to-Face)

You’ll attend a 4-day classroom training, covering content on assessing needs, preparing for training, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, managing challenges, and evaluating learning.

Highlights include:

  • a connection to the Orientation
  • building on your learning prioritization inventory
  • multiple opportunities to practice and improve your delivery (including video taping) 
  • a knowledge test on Day 1.
  • a skill demonstration on Day 4.

ATD will record your presentation and an ATD expert facilitator will provide detailed personalized feedback, coaching, and analysis. Class size is limited to 16 to provide more comprehensive and tailored learning. Click here to view sample content.

Part 3: Elective (Online or Face-to-Face)

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:

In addition to a core 4-day course and the elective (second course), you will be a part of an online learning community throughout the program, which allows you to access course materials, complete assignments, and reflect on your experience. You'll walk away with easy-to-use tools to strengthen your training preparation and delivery, and enjoy the benefit of learning with a network of colleagues. Upon successfully completing the program, you will earn an ATD Master Trainer Program certificate.

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

Keep in mind the ATD Master Trainer Program is a unique and robust assessment-based certificate program.  If you are interested in strengthening your ability in training delivery, but are not interested in committing to the ATD Master Trainer assessment component or timeframe, consider the Training Certificate program.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Diagnose your current ability in delivering training, with the ATD Master Trainer Self-Assessment tool.
  • Prepare for a training session.
  • Conduct a needs and audience analysis to determine the need for training.
  • Identify measurable learning objectives.
  • Apply adult learning principles.
  • Establish an environment conducive to learning.
  • Create diverse opportunities for participants to connect with the content.
  • Facilitate learning using best practice techniques.
  • Practice learner-centered training methods and alternatives to lectures.
  • Develop strategies for different learning needs.
  • Identify challenges in the classroom, and select and apply the most effective solutions.
  • Enhance your capacity to design effective audio visuals and learning aids and use them successfully in the training.
  • Evaluate training at the “Four Levels”: participant satisfaction, learning, application and behavior change, and business impact.
  • Identify strengths of delivering face-to-face training and online learning, and determine best practices that apply to both environments.
  • Demonstrate core and comprehensive knowledge in delivering training, including principles, models, and trends.
  • Demonstrate the ATD essential skills in delivering training, including preparation, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, managing challenges, and evaluating learning.
Facilitators
Facilitators
  • Donna Steffey

    Donna Steffey

    Donna Steffey is an international trainer, author, adjunct faculty at both Lake Forest Graduate School and DeVry University, and sought after speaker who helps organizations achieve their desired business results. Donna incorporates her 20 years of management experience to educate, inspire, and coach. It takes the right blend of information, introspection and humor to cause people to look at themselves and change. Global organizations such as Marriott International, Barclaycard-UK, XIBI-China, Tumine ...

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    Donna Steffey

    Donna Steffey

    Donna Steffey is an international trainer, author, adjunct faculty at both Lake Forest Graduate School and DeVry University, and sought after speaker who helps organizations achieve their desired business results. Donna incorporates her 20 years of management experience to educate, inspire, and coach. It takes the right blend of information, introspection and humor to cause people to look at themselves and change.

    Global organizations such as Marriott International, Barclaycard-UK, XIBI-China, Tumine Center-Africa, and the Royal Australian Air Force, have found that after Donna's workshops people were more self directed, customer service driven and mindful of their team participation. Donna combines learning with fun and applies her master's degree and life experiences to professional and real world situations. Your participants will be motivated to hit their performance improvement targets and your training will be a success!

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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 ...

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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.

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  • Sharon Wingron

    Sharon Wingron

    As President of Wings of Success, Sharon has been helping clients achieve success by developing their people since 2002. She is a dynamic, yet authentic professional who delivers engaging presentations, skillful facilitation, insightful coaching, and relevant resources. Her practical and refreshing style stems from over 20 years of staff, line, and consulting experience serving in diverse industries, in corporate, service, manufacturing, union, and non-union environments. Sharon is often chosen to work ...

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    Sharon Wingron

    Sharon Wingron

    As President of Wings of Success, Sharon has been helping clients achieve success by developing their people since 2002. She is a dynamic, yet authentic professional who delivers engaging presentations, skillful facilitation, insightful coaching, and relevant resources. Her practical and refreshing style stems from over 20 years of staff, line, and consulting experience serving in diverse industries, in corporate, service, manufacturing, union, and non-union environments.

    Sharon is often chosen to work with corporate clients because of the results she engenders by the depth and breadth of her business experience coupled with her learning and performance expertise. Sharon's client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses and includes Anheuser-Busch, The Boeing Companies, Crown Vision, Keller Labs, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo. She is one of a select group of ASTD Training Certificate Program facilitators and is frequently called on to facilitate customized in-house train-the-trainer programs. She has facilitated learning on four continents and in 18 countries. She was specifically chosen to deliver programs in India and Egypt, as well as International Conference workshops, due to her cross-cultural experience and ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with people from around the world.

    With a passion for learning and leadership, Sharon demonstrates leadership in the workplace learning and performance profession in many ways.  She has been actively involved in ASTD since 1996, having served on the ASTD National Board of Directors, as chair of the ASTD National Advisors for Chapters, as president of the St. Louis Chapter and in numerous other capacities. In 2010 Sharon was honored to receive the ASTD Staff-Volunteer Partnership Award as part of the OneVoice Team which she chaired. She is one of the first 250 people worldwide to earn the prestigious ASTD Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation, holds certifications in several assessment tools including DiSC, MBTI, and Brainmode Power, and consistently achieves top performance as an Inscape Publishing Authorized Distributor.

    Sharon is an adjunct professor for Washington University in St. Louis and a contributing author to "Rising to the Top: A Guide for Success." Sharon holds a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management, with a Minor in Psychology, from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Sharon lives just outside of St. Louis, Missouri on 5 1/2 acres with her husband Mark, daughter Briana, their dog Brandon, their cat Willy Wonka and her horse TJ. She enjoys life and is thankful for the multitude of wonderful people who enrich her world daily.

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  • Julie Patrick

    Julie Patrick

    Julie Patrick is a learning and performance consultant with JP Learning Associates. Julie has been a trainer, facilitator, and instructional designer since 1992. As a former manager of a corporate university, Julie was responsible for new employee orientation, leadership and management, sales, client training, systems, and administrative training programs. She holds numerous certifications, including DDI, AchieveGlobal, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, and designing and implementing training and development solutions that ...

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    Julie Patrick

    Julie Patrick

    Julie Patrick is a learning and performance consultant with JP Learning Associates. Julie has been a trainer, facilitator, and instructional designer since 1992. As a former manager of a corporate university, Julie was responsible for new employee orientation, leadership and management, sales, client training, systems, and administrative training programs. She holds numerous certifications, including DDI, AchieveGlobal, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, and designing and implementing training and development solutions that help clients achieve their desired business results. Julie also serves as an in-person and online facilitator for ASTD's Creating New Supervisor Training Programs Certificate and Training Certificate Programs. She also wrote the Infolines "Creating Training Manuals" and "Creative Facilitation Techniques for Training." Julie has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in organization development.

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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), ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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.

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  • Jonathan Halls

    Jonathan Halls

    Jonathan Halls is an author, trainer, and coach. He wrote Rapid Video Development for Trainers (ASTD Press, 2012) and was a contributing author to Speak More (River Grove Books, 2012) and the ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development 2nd Edition (ASTD Press, 2014). He is author of the ASTD Infoline, “Memory & Cognition in Learning” (ASTD Press, 2014) and has written numerous articles for T&D magazine. Jonathan is ...

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    Jonathan Halls

    Jonathan Halls

    Jonathan Halls is an author, trainer, and coach. He wrote Rapid Video Development for Trainers (ASTD Press, 2012) and was a contributing author to Speak More (River Grove Books, 2012) and the ASTD Handbook: The Definitive Reference for Training & Development 2nd Edition (ASTD Press, 2014). He is author of the ASTD Infoline, “Memory & Cognition in Learning” (ASTD Press, 2014) and has written numerous articles for T&D magazine. Jonathan is an ASTD BEST Awards reviewer and has sat on the advisory committees for the ASTD International Conference & Exposition and TechKnowledge.

    The former BBC learning executive now runs workshops in media, communication, leadership, and creativity. He is on faculty at George Washington University and facilitates ASTD’s Master Trainer Program ™ and ASTD’s Rapid Video for Learning Professionals Certificate program. Jonathan has been training, speaking, and coaching for 25 years in more than 20 countries. He describes his work as “at the intersection of media, communication, learning, leadership, and innovation.”

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  • Sardek Love

    Sardek Love

    Sardek P. Love is president and founder of Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions, a global management and leadership development consulting firm. Possessing over 22 years of expertise, he has worked in 24 countries, inspiring, developing, and educating thousands of managers and their employees to consistently deliver exceptional results. Known globally for his energetic and thought-provoking style of delivery, Sardek is also a certified coach, speaker, and trainer with the prestigious John ...

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    Sardek Love

    Sardek Love

    Sardek P. Love is president and founder of Infinity Consulting and Training Solutions, a global management and leadership development consulting firm. Possessing over 22 years of expertise, he has worked in 24 countries, inspiring, developing, and educating thousands of managers and their employees to consistently deliver exceptional results.

    Known globally for his energetic and thought-provoking style of delivery, Sardek is also a certified coach, speaker, and trainer with the prestigious John Maxwell Co., led by the best-selling author and world renowned leadership guru John Maxwell.

    Facilitates the following:

FAQs
FAQs
  • Where does the ATD Master Trainer Program sit on the professional development spectrum?

    Where does the ATD Master Trainer Program sit on the professional development spectrum?

    The ATD Master Trainer Program™ is a new offering from ATD created at the request of training professionals. It sits on the spectrum of professional development between an ATD certificate program and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® credential.
  • What is the unique value of the ATD Master Trainer Program?

    What is the unique value of the ATD Master Trainer Program?

    Based on requests from both individual and corporate members, the ATD Master Trainer Program is a unique combination of a training event and an assessment component. The program consists of three distinct parts giving participants the opportunity to tailor their learning, including an online Orientation, Core Course, and Online Elective. This program helps participants not only develop or strengthen their professional knowledge and skills, but also requires them to prove their ability and confirm their credibility in delivering engaging and effective training.
  • Are there any prerequisites?

    Are there any prerequisites?

    ATD strongly recommends participants have at least one to two years of exposure or experience with presenting or training.

  • 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 continue to offer 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 guaranteed, ATD is committed to your success. Our expectation is that participants will bring significant dedication and effort to the experience in order to achieve foundational mastery in the program’s concepts.
  • Can I study prior to the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration?

    Can I study prior to the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration?

    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 Skill Demonstration as well.

  • When will I know the results of the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration?

    When will I know the results of the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration?

    Participants will know the results of their Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration by the end of the Core Course, the four-day face-to-face training. Participants who successfully pass the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration can move directly into the final component of the program, the Online Elective. Participants who do not pass the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration may choose to redo one or both components before moving on to the Online Elective.
  • What if I don’t pass either the Knowledge Test or Skill Demonstration?

    What if I don’t pass either the Knowledge Test or Skill Demonstration?

    Participants will have one opportunity to retake either or both the Knowledge Test and Skill Demonstration.

    Knowledge Test
    If they do not pass the original Skill Demonstration, participants can choose from one of three ways to deliver a second presentation. Choices include:

    • Join another Core Course, Day 4, to participant in the Skill Demonstration.
    • Film and submit an example of their delivery in their workplace (must be an authentic delivery with live participants).
    • Arrange for an ATD expert facilitator to observe a training delivery using video conference technology (must be an authentic delivery with live participants).

    Skill Demonstration
    If they do not pass the original Skill Demonstration, participants can choose from one of three ways to deliver a second presentation. Choices include: 

    • Join another Core Course, Day 4, to participate in the Skill Demonstration.
    • Film and submit an example of their delivery in their workplace (must be an authentic delivery with live participants).
    • Arrange for an ASTD expert facilitator to observe a training delivery using video conference technology (must be an authentic delivery with live participants).
  • 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: an online Fundamentals, Core Course, and Online Elective. The Fundamentals section, which is self-directed, is accessible three weeks prior to the program, the Core Course takes place over four days via an in-person training, and then you choose an elective from a predetermined list of ATD online or face-to-face certificate programs. 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 Trainer certificate in the mail.

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

    What does successfully completing the ATD Master Trainer Program really mean?

    This means that you have successfully demonstrated a foundational mastery in the core concepts associated with delivering training, including assessment, preparation, creating a positive learning environment, facilitating learning, and evaluating learning. All participants who successfully complete the program receive an ATD Master Trainer certificate.

  • What are the differences between ATD’s Certificate Programs, the ATD Master Trainer Program, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® (CPLP®)?

    What are the differences between ATD’s Certificate Programs, the ATD Master Trainer Program, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance® (CPLP®)?

    The ATD Master Trainer Program is an enhanced certificate program, based specifically in depth on one Area of Expertise (AOE) in the ATD Competency Model, delivering training. This unique program is a combination of a training event and assessment component; offering instructional guidance to participants needing to develop or strengthen their foundational mastery in delivering engaging and effective training. The ATD Master Trainer 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 a breadth of all nine AOEs in the ASTD Competency Model. CPLP® credentialing represents a level of professional achievement and competence. Just as important, achieving the credential demonstrates proficiency in support of learning 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 24 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at astd.org/recertification.

HRCI Recertification Credits

This program has been pre-approved for 24 (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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