Professional Certificate in Instructional Design

Kick start your career as an Instructional Designer with a globally recognised, industry-approved qualification.

University credit-rated by: GCU




8 weeks

Hours per week

3 hours per week


€ 899


Self paced, Online

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Our alumni work with the world’s leading companies

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Central Bank of Ireland
The Insurance Institute
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Leading the way in instructional design education

We’ve partnered with Glasgow Caledonian University and industry leaders to make sure our courses meet the highest educational standards.

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Who this course is for?

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Next course commences:

04 Feb 2022

19 spaces available

Professional Certificate in Instructional Design

€ 899

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Your learning experience

Self-paced learning resources

Self-paced learning resources

Explore the interactive course content on our learning platform in your time, at your own speed

Instructional design toolkit

Instructional design toolkit

Discover a range of templates and design aids to help you screenplan, storyboard, develop and rollout your own eLearning content

One-to-one mentoring

One-to-one mentoring

Live, one-to-one mentoring with our digital learning mentors to support your growth in the world of digital learning

Real life practice project

Real life practice project

Start applying your learning practically with a live, individual work-based project which will allow you to bring your eLearning ideas to life

Student community

Student community

Share, reflect and engage with your fellow students during the course through dedicated working groups and out interactive social learning platform

Live virtual classrooms (optional)

Live virtual classrooms (optional)

Join the live virtual classrooms with other students to discuss the content, ask questions and take on challenges

“Although I was working in L&D, the course really taught me a lot and helped me in my own professional development. I started to use Storyline immediately after the course and found myself moving quickly with it and that was thanks to Digital Learning Institute for having a real practical element to their courses.”

Cliona Olohan

Instructional Designer and Content Developer at Aesthetic Training Academy Ireland Read more
Cliona Olohan

Course Curriculum

We’ve put together a university credit-rated curriculum that covers everything you need to know to become a certified Digital Learning Professional.

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Module 1

The Fundamentals

The role, process and options in digital learning design.

Module 2

Theory & Principles

The core design principles underpinning high quality instructional design.

Module 3

The Process

Practice the ADDIE model for designing, building and rolling out eLearning content.

Module 4

Tools & Trends

Utilise tools like Articulate Storyline to build your own eLearning content.

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Student stories

Learn how our courses have helped students from all backgrounds build successful careers in digital learning.

Frequently asked questions

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  • This course is completely online and experienced through a mix of live Virtual Classrooms and self-paced online learning resources. The core learning content is delivered through the self-paced learning resources, such as interactive videos and microlearning assets. The Virtual Classrooms are live, interactive sessions featuring activities, discussions and challenges. These sessions are light and engaging to help you get the most from your learning experience by enjoying it and getting to know your fellow participants. Additionally, you will receive two 1:1 mentoring sessions with one of our course tutors throughout the course – so you will have plenty of personalised support on your eLearning journey.

  • Not at all. The Professional Cert is designed to be beneficial for anyone who falls into one of these categories: You have no experience in eLearning design at all. You have limited experience, either in instructional design or development, but no formal training or accreditation. You currently do a lot of eLearning development but feel you currently lack instructional design expertise. You will need to manage an eLearning project and want to know the key project steps and ‘speak the eLearning language’.

  • 6 weeks. There are 3 Virtual Classroom sessions spread over 6 weeks – so you have one Virtual Classroom every 2 weeks. Each Virtual Classroom is around 2 hours long. There is around 3 – 4 hours a week of self-paced learning to do in your own time between the Virtual Classrooms.

  • Yes, you’ll be getting hands-on experience with Articulate Storyline - one of the most commonly-used eAuthoring tools on the market. We will also cover a wide range of additional eLearning tools, platforms and software available to you. You will come away feeling familiar with key eLearning tools and what they’re used for.

  • Yes, upon completion of the course you will be awarded a Professional Certificate in eLearning Instructional Design by the Glasgow Caledonian University.

  • Yes, to achieve your certification you will be assessed on your project. This a work-based project in which you’ll be applying your learnings on the course to design your own eLearning resource, and develop a few prototype screens for it. Our tutors will give you all the support you need with your project as the course progresses.

  • To book your place on the next Essentials Instructional Design programme, simply click Enrol Now and pay online. Alternatively, if you would like to be invoiced please contact our programme manager here and this can be arranged for you.

  • Introduction to Storyline basics, Templates for design, Learn how to use triggers, hotspots & templates for content, Learn how to use states & layers, Learn how to publish, customise the player & restrictnavigation, Articulate Storyline handbook - 40 pages on how to get to practically upskill in using Storyline, Challenges to practice and apply your knowledge, 4 Masterclasses on using Storyline.

Become an expert in Digital Learning Design