Professional Certificate in Instructional Design

Kick start your career as an Instructional Designer with our entry-level certificate that is a globally recognised, industry-approved qualification.

University credit-rated by:




8 weeks

Hours per week

3 hours per week




Online, Cohort Based

Our alumni work with the world’s leading companies

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Reward your career

  • Get Certified as Instructional Designer
  • Design, build and roll-out high-quality eLearning
  • Work seamlessly with SMEs

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.

Certificate or Diploma – which is right for me?

We have both an entry level certificate and a more comprehensive diploma course. Below are some of the key points to consider when choosing between them.

  • The Certification in Instructional Design addresses the core principles of instructional design. It is ideal for people who are new to digital learning or need baseline knowledge in the fundamentals.
  • The Diploma in Learning Design is designed for career professionals in digital learning and education. It covers the end-to-end knowledge and skills you will need today to design engaging and impactful digital learning experiences.

Learn more about our Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design

Outcomes for you

  • Design, build and roll-out high-quality eLearning.
  • Practice the core eLearning design principles and the underpinning theory.
  • Work seamlessly with subject matter experts to map out your learning experience.
  • Design a storyboard for an interactive engaging eLearning course.
  • Build an eLearning prototype using eAuthoring tools like Articulate Storyline.

Who is this Certificate for?

  • Corporate trainers & facilitators.
  • Learning and development consultants.
  • Learning and development managers.
  • Instructional designers.
  • eLearning developers.
  • Subject matter experts responsible for curriculum development.
  • Higher education professionals.
  • Further education professionals.
  • Anyone looking to change their career to digital learning.

Next cohort commences:

1 Dec 2023

8 spaces available

Professional Certificate in Instructional Design


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Course Curriculum

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

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and knowledge

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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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What our students have to say

Even though you may have that knowledge, you might not have the qualification behind you, so I was feeling imposter syndrome. DLI definitely helped me progress in my journey within digital learning.

Alan O'Flaherty

Alan O’Flaherty

Support and Content Manager at EazySAFE Read Alan O’Flaherty’s story

I started off not knowing what digital learning was, so if I didn’t do this course, it wouldn’t have opened up this whole new world for me. I wasn’t a very confident person and always kept my ideas to myself, but once I got into this area, I was able to develop in a different place more in line with my interests.

Emily McAuley

Emily McAuley

Digital Learning Business Executive at Meritec Read Emily McAuley’s story

I got a promotion just around Christmas time. And yes, I have my experience, but I’m certain it was also because I had the Certificate to back me up.

Sallie Melton

Sallie Melton

Educator at East Riding Council Read Sallie Melton’s story

I’ve gone from being a novice in the L&D field, to now where I am able to have conversations with the more experienced team members, challenge ideas, and bring new ideas to the table and how do we move from standard eLearning to microlearning, video content. That future thinking has all come from me joining the diploma programme.

Aaron Willoughby

Aaron Willoughby

Digital Learning Specialist at KFC Read Aaron Willoughby’s story

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.

Self-paced learning resources

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.

Self-paced learning resources

Instructional design toolkit

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

Self-paced learning resources

Student community

Share, reflect and engage with your fellow students during the course through our interactive social learning platform.

Self-paced learning resources

Education Consultant

Opportunity to talk to one of our Digital Learning Specialists post-programme to discuss your career and further education needs.

Self-paced learning resources

Live Virtual Classrooms (optional)

There will be monthly live virtual classrooms for students going through the Certificate to allow you to engage with peers and the course tutors.

Our students love learning with us

Participants in our courses don’t just learn new skills, they enjoy the experience too.

Alan O Flaherty Stars rating
I completed the Professional Diploma in Digital Learning Design and can’t speak highly enough about the team at DLI. The amount of detail in the course along with the personal support offered throughout the programme could not be faulted. It truly is a masterclass in how to run an engaging online experience. The toolkit and personal mentoring alone are worth the fee.
Sallie Melton Stars rating
A positive experience from start to finish. The team are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and above all supportive. The course I completed was perfect for my needs. I have experience of digital learning but no formal qualification, which I now have thanks to DLI. The certificate course was pretty comprehensive, although I’m experienced, it helped fill in many gaps in my knowledge and consolidated what I already know. My confidence has developed greatly in the DL field since taking part in the course. Progression is available with the diploma too, which I plan to take part in later in the year.
Paul Rafferty Stars rating
Just completed the Origins-getting started with digita learning design course. Very professional and quite laid back, I was able to watch the videos and complete the assessment/exercises at my own pace. I’m only really getting started with online courses and it was really interesting seeing the things that I’ve been doing right and also where I can improve. I feel much more confident in advising my colleagues and my tutors. Not only that there was also a lot of resources made available which I will absolutely be using
David Hardy Stars rating
I took their Professional Certificate in Learning Instructional Design course. It was was useful and well delivered and would recommend to anyone looking for an introduction to the topic.
Saira Gohar Stars rating
The best course I did for instructional design. Tutors, course materials, virtual classrooms, everything is amazing.
David Cunningham Stars rating
Great organisation with an innovative approach to digital learning. I completed the Advanced Digital Learning Certificate with John and his team so I would be happy to recommend them to anyone interested in developing their skills in this area.

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Frequently asked questions

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  • The certification programme is delivered as an online cohort based learning experience. This is a blend of learning activities including self paced content, live virtual classrooms, cohort community and project challenges. The self-paced learning  allows you to manage your own time during the qualification . The course runs over 6 –8 weeks with a recommended commitment of 3 hours per week including assessment. You will receive support from a learning mentor to guide you through the process. The learning experience also includes networking with your peers on a social learning platform and practical project work. 

  • 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 and are looking to start a career in Instructional Design.
    • 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’.

  • 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 explore 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. You will also get free access to the Elucidate authoring tool during the course.

  • The UK higher education system is internationally renowned for its excellent standards. Our courses are all credit-rated by Glasgow Caledonian University, a highly rated UK university. The Professional Certificate in Instructional Design is allocated 10 credits at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework. For your country, there will be an equivalent award in the relevant educational system.

    For guidance, please review the Certification Equivalents Table.

  • 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 anddevelop a few prototype screens for it. Our tutors will give you all the support you need with your project as the course progresses.

  • The following elements will be covered:

    • 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 & restrict navigation.
    • Challenges to practice and apply your knowledge.

  • The certification course addresses the core process, principles and practices of instructional design. It primarily focuses on the design of multimedia eLearning courses. It is ideal for people who are new to digital learning and are looking for a solid grounding in the fundamentals.

    The diploma is designed for people who are looking to advance their career as a Digital Learning Professional. It covered the end-to-end knowledge and skills you will need to design engaging and impactful digital learning experiences.

    While a lot of our students progress from the Cert to the Diploma there is not requirement to complete the Cert first and the Diploma covers everything that is covered in the Cert but it goes deeper and wider.

  • There are no additional/hidden costs – all tools & software used and referenced in the professional certificate have free trials available to the students.

Become an expert in Digital Learning Design