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Deliver more engaging and impactful learning experiences

When you’re designing and delivering learning experiences for today’s workforce, your success depends on your ability to motivate and engage audiences with diverse needs and skillsets, while aligning with organizational goals – often with time and resource constraints.

The OISE Adult Learning & Development Certificate uniquely embeds research-informed practice and emerging learning practices into practical workplace contexts, creating an advantage for educators and learning & development professionals who want to improve their performance and deliver more impactful learning programs for their organizations and/or clients.

Developed by Canada’s leading faculty of education*, this Certificate program is delivered by award-winning facilitators and industry professionals, and can be completed online** within one year, enabling you to participate from anywhere in the world.

* QS World University Rankings by Subject



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Program Overview and Courses

The program can be completed comfortably within two years, or it is possible to fast-track and complete within one year by taking multiple courses per session.

Complete four (4) compulsory courses and one (1) elective course to earn a Certificate of Completion.


Compulsory Courses (Take all 4)

WLD-IAL – Introduction to Adult Learning

Examine the principles and processes of adult learning for their application during the design and delivery of learning experiences for contemporary environments.


WLD-NAY – Needs Analysis

Understanding the needs of the learning audience at the start of the design cycle is critical to successful learning solutions. Learn how to plan and conduct proper learning needs assessments and strengthen your own ability to analyze findings, and confidently present recommendations.


WLD-EVL – Evaluation

Learn how to answer the what, why, how, who and when of evaluation through an examination of models, instruments, strategies, and best practices. Become better eqipped for measuring results of learning and application in the workplace.


WLD-ISD – Instructional Design

Apply learning design techniques to design and develop learning experiences for diverse audience needs that achieve performance outcomes and engage learners in meaningful ways.



Elective Courses (Choose 1)

WLD-OLE – Online Learning Environments

Create engaging online spaces for learning using Learning Management Systems and Virtual Learning Environments, and introduce elements that enrich the learner experience.


WLD-WLE – Writing for Learner Engagement

Strong writing skills are key to learner engagement and increasingly in demand in this industry. Learn techniques for writing ‘lean content’, on-screen text, learner interactions and easy-to-skim reference guides while representing your learning brand’s values.


WLD-FAS – Facilitation Skills

Add value to your learner experience by enhancing your facilitation skills. Explore different approaches, and enhance your ability to evaluate and select appropriate facilitation models and tools in support of specified learning outcomes.




Program Details 

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12 – 24 months

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Under 30 Learners

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Each course is 7-weeks

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3-6 hours per week

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$4,375 + HST
($875 per course)


What you’ll learn

  • Improve your performance on the job by applying research-informed best practices for designing and delivering exceptional learning experiences
  • Explore the principles of adult learning and apply effective practices that support the development of twenty-first century learning skills for diverse audiences
  • Enhance your techniques for conducting needs analysis, collecting and analyzing audience data and business priorities to create more effective learning solutions
  • Design performance-based learning solutions that are relevant, efficient, and grounded in adult learning principles
  • Apply effective methods for evaluating learning effectiveness, job performance and organizational impact


Download a Brochure

Not ready to enroll but want to know more? Download the certificate brochure to review program details.


What You’ll Earn

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An Adult Learning & Development Certificate from Canada’s #1 Faculty of Education

120 professional development hours recognized by the Institute for Performance and Learning (IPL) as a credit toward their Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation



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Who Should Enroll?

Learning & Development Professionals

Instructional Designers

Education Consultants

Training Specialists


What our Learners say

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"The last seven weeks has been an eye-opening experience for me. I came into this class thinking I had some experience with Adult Learning Practices. I am now finishing my first course with the confidence that I can call myself a Learning Professional. I was very nervous submitting work and contributing, but found out that others could benefit from my expertise just as much as I was learning from theirs."

Brian Baker,
Learning Professional

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"Prior to this course, most of my experience with online learning has been disappointing and forgettable. This recent program however, was a great learning experience. Each aspect of the curriculum was intentional and strategic. This allowed us to learn about adult learning by doing. I was engaged and motivated and the experiential aspects of learning helped the content stick."

Susan McNeill,



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Need more info?

To learn more about enrolling in this OISE Certificate, or if you have any questions about applying, get in touch with our team today.