ATD Master Trainer™ Program

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

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.

The Master Trainer™ Program will take place on May 02-05, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

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 three practice deliveries.
  • A video of your final training delivery with individualized feedback and analysis.
  • A robust participant guide, tools, resources, and templates to use back on the job.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants 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.


  • Subject matter experts (SMEs) responsible for delivering training.
  • Trainers wanting a solid framework for delivering training.
  • More experienced trainers seeking to confirm their mastery of this area of expertise.

Program Topics

Click here to view the Participant Guide Table of Contents

Facilitator Information

Donna SteffeyDonna 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! 



Christie WardChristie Ward – Christie Ward is principal of The Impact Institute. In the 1990s, Christie Ward coached and managed more than 200 of the best professional trainers around the world for CareerTrack. As principal of the Impact Institute, she has delivered programs globally; she coached the world champion of public speaking in 2000. Christie’s clients span government, private and public sector, and nonprofit arenas: the U.S. Air Force, Department of the Interior, and U.S. National Business Center; DISH Network, IHS, TriZetto, Johnson & Johnson, SUN, TW Telecom, and AT&T; Goodwill, the Boettcher Foundation, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Christie is a former national board member for ATD, serving from 2011 to 2012. She is a past president of the National Speakers Association of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ATD. Christie has been a presenter at the ATD International Conference & Exposition as recently as 2014.  


  • Earn 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program.
  • This program may be eligible for up to 28 CPLP recertification points.
  • This program may be eligible for up to 28 APTD recertification points.
  • This program has been pre-approved for 28 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Registration Fees

ATD Member: US $2,755
Nonmember: US $3,055*

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For additional information on this program, please contact ATD Customer Care at or 703.683.8100.