Pre-Conference Certificate Programs


Monday, September 19 & Tuesday, September 20

9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
Jumpstart your career—and get the essential knowledge, practiced techniques, and sound theories you need to become (and remain!) a top performer in your field. You'll receive a signed Training magazine Certificate from the speaker onsite and an eBadge..
Fee:  $895. Follow this link to register online.

Training Magazine Certificates have been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute to offer educational programs that can be used towards initial eligibility and recertification of the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credentials.

Each 2-Day TechLearn Certificate (P01-P04) has been approved for a maximum of 11 points. 

P01 Elearning Design Certificate Program
Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist, Allen Interactions
Text and graphics, narration and video, animation and media effects, navigation, and question interactions provide extensive challenges to elearning designers. Yet, despite hard work and significant resources, it is distressing how often online learning fails to engage learners and create meaningful performance change. It doesn’t have to be that way. As designers we need to focus more on what the learner will do—and less on what the lesson will do. This program will enable you to create irresistible, learner-centered online interactions. You’ll learn to go beyond content presentation into interactivity design, which will guide you in crafting online experiences that motivate participation, actively engage the learner’s mind, and create meaningful and memorable experiences. You’ll discover powerful ways to analyze content to establish appropriate scope for your elearning, as well as strategies for content sequencing to maximize learner benefit and interest. Learn to:
  • Create meaningful, instructional context.
  • Manipulate risk and consequences to challenge learners.
  • Break out of tedious question forms and focus on behavioral outcomes.
  • Employ feedback as a crucial teaching vehicle.
  • Apply simple design elements to transform learner motivation.
  • Develop interactivity design ideas through sketching and prototyping.
  • Avoid traps lurking in your authoring tools.
This program will fundamentally change the way you perceive the design and development of elearning, and the possibilities for success!
BYOD: A wifi-enabled laptop with PowerPoint is required (or another authoring system, such as Storyline or Captivate).

P02 Elearning Development Certificate Program
Nick Floro, Co-Founder + Designer Architect, Sealworks Interactive Studios
Equip yourself with the skills you need to produce effective elearning experiences. In this hands-on program, you’ll have the opportunity to try new technologies, make mistakes, and receive real-time feedback. You’ll discover how to storyboard and create media using your own voiceover, video, and more! In fact, you’ll have the opportunity to plan, design, and develop learning elements from beginning to end, while completing your certificate (have a topic in mind before attending). You’ll:

  • Review research and trends that influence how we present blended and remote learning experiences.

  • Learn how a learning technology platform influences your instructional design process and get practical examples on how to structure a program using a learning management system.

  • Learn about sketching and wireframing concepts for building a prototype using Adobe XD.

  • Learn how to apply design thinking using to brainstorm, collaborate, and create amazing experiences.

  • Get practical information about basic voiceover skills and audio engineering, including how to choose and set up equipment.

  • Improve your design skills by understanding color, type, graphics, balance, and harmony.

  • Get resources that make instructional design and elearning development faster and easier for the budget minded.

PROJECT: You’ll produce a microlearning video in Adobe Premiere Rush, using the voiceover and resources you’ve created and selected.

BYOD: A WiFi-enabled laptop with microphone and Google Chrome. Free trials of Adobe XD, and Adobe Premiere Rush.

 BONUS: You will receive access to a private discussion board so you can continue to ask questions and receive guidance on your course content.



P03 Building Interactive Elearning in Storyline Certificate Program
Ron Price, Chief Learning Officer, Yukon Learning
This comprehensive program provides everything you need to begin building highly interactive elearning modules with Storyline 360. The focus will be on practical tips and use-case exercises that will allow you to begin applying the newly acquired skills right away. You’ll:

  • Review Storyline best practices.

  • Learn to build engaging and effective elearning using the building blocks of Storyline in a variety of ways, such as quizzing, screen recording, variables, and conditions—all of which will be explored and practiced throughout.

  • Learn a practical approach for using Conditional Triggers and Variables to help design complex learning modules.

  • Experiment with creative interactions using dials and sliders, and explore the use of motion paths to engage the learner with meaningful animation designed to change the focal point of a learner for a more dynamic course delivery.

  • Learn to publish your Storyline course.

  • Explore even more options to help take your courses to the next level!

Whether you’re brand new to Storyline 360, or are looking to increase your skills and knowledge in the tool, this program is for you.

PROJECT: You will create a learning module that can be published and delivered to meet a variety of needs and play on a variety of devices.

 BYOD: A WiFi-enabled laptop with Articulate Storyline 360 installed.


P04 Designing and Delivering Virtual Instructor-Led Training Certificate Program
Kassy LaBorie, Author, Producing Virtual Training, Meetings, and Webinars and Master the Technology to Engage Participants

Let’s face it, engaging your audience using virtual classroom technology is an immense challenge. It requires a unique skill set that combines using virtual presentation, facilitation, and design techniques with technical knowledge to skillfully deliver online learning events. This program guides you in identifying, developing, and practicing the necessary skills to become a savvy virtual trainer and designer. Learn to:
  • Identify the technology features used to create engaging learning like chat, whiteboard, polling, and breakouts, as well as third-party applications
  • Prepare virtual instructor-led materials.
  • Select appropriate virtual instructional strategies and activities.
  • Sharpen your presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Ensure learning transfer.
PROJECT: You will apply the concepts to a virtual instructor-led training program of your choice and practice delivering it with certificate peers.

  • A participant manual containing job aids (including The Virtual Trainer’s Capability Model and a 3-Step Virtual Activity Design Process).
  • Examples and platform checklists to help navigate the various live online platforms (WebEx, Zoom, Adobe Connect, and GotoTraining); and key points to use as you design and develop materials and learning experiences.
  • A Virtual Designers Toolkit, complete with a Virtual Facilitator Guide Template and the slides and facilitator’s guide for a sample live online learning activity.
BONUS: You’ll earn bonus Virtual Designer and Virtual Trainer eBadges!


BYOD: A WiFi-enabled laptop with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and the latest version of Zoom Client for Meeting (



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