What Is a Training Certificate?

In the broadest sense, a training certificate is a document certifying that the holder has taken a specific course of training. Read on to learn more about types of training certificates.

Training Certificate Overview

A training certificate is typically awarded after a student has completed a training course. The training referred to could be as short as a half-hour video or as involved as a multi-course program taking six months or more. Individuals who want to earn certificates specifically in training can find programs through a professional organization. There are also training certificates offered in a wide range of other fields.

Important Facts About Training Certificates

Certificate Types Undergraduate certificate
Graduate certificate
Professional certification
Online Availability Online or on-campus (program-dependent)
Educational Prerequisites High school diploma or GED for undergraduate certificate
Bachelor's degree for graduate certificate
Education and/or work experience, exam completion for professional certification (depending on credential)
Continuing Education Options Credits may be transferable to degree programs

Certificate in Training

The Association for Talent Development (ATD), a workplace education organization, offers programs for workplace trainers that award a training certificate upon completion. The organization offers 112 education programs, including the following:

  • Training Certificate: A 3-day workshop to train new trainers, this program covers best practices in training, identifying training needs, preparation of program and materials, engaging adult students, using multiple teaching techniques, managing challenging participants and evaluating learning.
  • Master Trainer: This 4-day program teaches trainers to develop their abilities in delivering training materials to learners. The program typically teaches three or four delivery methods, which should meet the learning styles of most students. After finishing the basic course, students complete their training with an online elective course.

Certificates in Other Fields

Certificate programs are also available for individuals looking for training in any field at any level. There are even certificates for permaculture design (eco-friendly sustainable living and agriculture). Here is a short list of the subjects of some popular training programs that award a certificate upon completion:

Business and Office Safety and Quality Technology Other Training
Project management Home inspection Electronics technician Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Medical coding and billing Occupational safety and health A+, Cisco, Microsoft Music and sonic arts
Running a small business Quality assurance Cyber security Travel agent

Training Certificate Forms

Individuals looking for training certificate templates can find plenty of free options online in a wide variety of formats. The Microsoft website offers downloadable templates that are compatible with its software programs, such as Word and PowerPoint.

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