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Master Trainer™ Program

Tailor Your Learning, Prove Your Ability, Deliver The Most Engaging And Effective Training

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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 will identify areas where you excel, and where you have opportunities for growth. You will 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. 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.

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

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


Nikki O’Keeffe

Key Business Benefits

  • Industry-recognized certificate – ATD Master Trainer™
  • 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
  • Experience with four 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

Who Should Attend

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.

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


My favorite takeaways from the ATD Master Trainer Program include the experience of developing a short training segment, presenting it, and then being critiqued by the facilitators and a panel of fellow participants. Hugely valuable feedback!

I would recommend this program because it is really quite practical and you come away with a reliable assessment of your skill. Almost anyone feels they can label themselves a «trainer» simply because they have been in a classroom. We all know that is nowhere near the truth and that this profession requires a significant amount of skill and knowledge.

In my opinion and experience, ATD is the most cost-effective way to invest in my professional development.

Deputy Director, Devis

The ATD Master Trainer program offered a highly productive learning environment with measurable goals and objectives. I was able to return to my job and immediately put my new skills to work.

My favorite takeaways were:
– Continually seek new ways to engage your learners and keep them interacting.
– Try to reinforce how the learning will be beneficial to the learner.
– Keep things fun and exciting.

Manager of Product Development, Berry Plastics

About ATD

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly known as ASTD, is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. For 70 years ATD Education’s mission has been to empower learning and development professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful and remain competitive. We offer cutting-edge training and professional development programs to bring you the latest research in the field, best practices, expert-vetted content, and tools you can immediately use on the job. Each learning experience prepares you to maximize the efficiency of your systems and processes, while supporting and developing your people.


ATD Education offerings are shaped by extensive research, input from expert practitioners, emerging trends in the field, and member and customer feedback. The ATD Competency Model—which defines the knowledge and skills learning professionals need to have—forms the foundation for our content. Education offerings are aligned to the Model, providing you with a comprehensive learning path.

ATD understands, develops, and delivers the most practical and application-oriented training and professional development opportunities. Every offering is designed and developed by teams of practitioners, subject matter experts, instructional designers, and ATD staff to ensure the perfect balance of theory, structure, engagement, practice, and application. This approach means learning professionals can be confident that they are building a strong foundation, while at the same time staying on top of important trends in the field. And our programs are not only practical in the classroom — ATD’s participant guides are packed full of tools, templates, checklists, and forms that are available electronically and can be applied immediately on the job.

What to Expect

Part 1: Fundamentals (Online): Approximately three weeks prior to the face-to-face component, you will join your peers in a private online community to complete self-directed exercises. You will 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.”

Part 2: Core Course (Face-to-Face): You will attend a four-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 One
  •  A skill demonstration on Day Four
  •  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

Part 3: Elective and Wrap-Up: (Online or Face-to-Face): You will 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.


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.

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 Elective. The Fundamentals section, which is self-directed, is accessible three weeks prior to the program, the Core Course takes place over five 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.

Attendance Policy

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.

Watch Webinar

What makes a Master Trainer?

Nikki O’Keeffe from Association for Talent Development (ATD) in this exclusive webinar shows how you can take your facilitation skills to the next level. You will learn:

  •  An introduction to the ATD
  •  Outline ATD’s exclusive ATD Competency Model
  •  Why the Master Trainer program could be right for you
  •  Break down the ATD Master journey
  •  Reflect on what makes a Master Trainer

Course Outline


Module 1: Introduction

  •  Getting Started
  •  My Training Toolbox
  •  Learning Objectives
  •  Agenda Overview
  •  Opening a Session with PUNCH
  •  A Training Cycle

Activity: Overview of Skill Demonstration review

Module 2: Purpose & Assessment

  •  Needs Assessment
  •  Training Needs Assessment Checklist
  •  Learning Objectives

Activity: Practice Skill Delivery


Module 3: Planning & Preparation

  •  Sequencing Facilitation
  •  Gagné’s Nine Events of Instruction
  •  ROPES Phases of Instruction
  •  Connecting to Business Needs
  •  Tailoring to Participants’ Needs
  •  Selecting Learning Methods
  •  Outlining Delivery Methodologies

Activity: ROPES; Examples, Analogies & Storytelling; Using Various Delivery Methodologies; Selecting Learning Methods


Module 4: Presentation & Facilitation

  •  Creating a Supportive Learning Environment
  •  Presenting Effectively
  •  Involving Participants
  •  Capitalizing on Diversity
  •  Building on Comments
  •  Lecturette and Facilitation
  •  Questioning Techniques
  •  Receiving Responses from Participants
  •  Answering Questions
  •  Managing Challenging Behaviors and Situations
  •  Displaying Flexibility with Unexpected Events
  •  Providing Support and Maintaining Esteem
  •  Describing Specific Observations

Activity: Practice Delivery, Learning Prioritisation Inventory

Module 5: Evaluation & Performance

  •  The Importance of Evaluation and Performance
  •  Assessment Techniques
  •  Evaluating Learning

Activity: Practice Delivery


  •  Skill Demonstration
  •  Feedback
  •  Video recording of Skill Demonstration

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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
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