Train the Trainer Unit I: Design and Development of Training Programs

Learn to create compelling and effective training programs – and astutely manage what happens before, during and after training.

This course provides a comprehensive foundation in professional training using the ADDIE model as a framework.

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Master Trainer Certificate
Train the Trainer Certificate


Rodney (Buck) Hillestad

Rodney (Buck) Hillestad

Rodney (Buck) Hillestad is founder and president of Hillestad Learning Technologies, a training and development company specializing in training design and delivery, along with leadership/managerial, and team skills. Buck regularly delivers classes for the University of Wisconsin extensions and is ... read more

Who Should Attend

  • Training and Development Managers
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • New or Experienced Trainers
  • HR Professionals
  • Consultants
  • Anyone who wants to design a customized program from the ground up


Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze corporate culture to align with training outcomes
  • Identify the most effective approach to your training design
  • Understand the fundamentals of adult learning methodologies
  • Discover innovative ways to design training that accelerates the learning process
  • Learn methods for conducting a needs assessment
  • Create your map – for program and learning objectives
  • Design experiential learning cycles
  • Pick the design process that works for you and your project
  • Develop a training evaluation strategy

Course Outline/Topics

Weeks 1 & 2 (7 hours)

  • Assessment
    • Establishing and Aligning Training
    • Approaches to Training
    • Adult Learning

Weeks 3 & 4 (7 hours)

  • Design
    • Accelerated Learning
    • Needs Assessment
    • Learning Objective

Weeks 5 & 6 (7 hours)

  • Development
    • Designing Delivery & Reinforcing Methods to Optimize Learning
    • Putting the Puzzle Together
    • Evaluation


Access to Course Site
An email is sent approximately one week prior to the start date of the class with instructions on setting up your username and password and how to access the online course site.

Course Requirements
This is an instructor-facilitated, online asynchronous course. You are required to have routine access to a computer with Internet (we highly recommend a high speed connection such as DSL or cable modem). You are also required to have a recent version of Microsoft Office Suite or comparable program to include Microsoft Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations) in order to both view and create documents needed to participate in this course.

No textbooks are required for this course. Course materials are provided in the online course site (D2L).

Each week you will be given readings and assignments to complete. Each week you will be expected to log in and complete assignments within the deadlines given in order to be awarded CEUs and the certificate of completion. However, within the deadline you will be able to complete the readings and assignments at your leisure.

Certificates of Completion will be mailed within two weeks after the last day of class.

Date: Course available Sept 9-30

Location: Online

Instructor: Rodney (Buck) Hillestad


$925 by Mon., Sept. 9.
$975 after Mon., Sept. 9.

CEUs: 2.1, PDCs: 21

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5040-11876

Registration Deadline: Mon., Sept. 9

Registration is Closed.