Professional Certificate in Instructional Design

Advance your career as an Instructional Design professional with
a globally recognised, industry approved instructional design certification.

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8 weeks

Hours per week

3 hours per week





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By gaining an Instructional Design Certification you will…

  • Master the fundamentals of eLearning principles
  • Become an expert in Articulate Storyline
  • Learn how to work with Subject Matter Experts
  • Gain access to a network of established digital learning professionals
  • Learn to manage an eLearning project and the key project steps.

The Impact of Instructional Design Education

The course provided me with a clear framework to create and implement effective eLearning. I am regularly referring to this course when planning new training. It helped me eliminate all the basic mistakes that I made in my first few weeks in Learning & Development.

Keith Kearney

Keith Kearney

Learning & Development for 7,000 person company Read Keith Kearney’s story

“I got a promotion just around Christmas time where I was up against other candidates, 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

“This course gave me a great starting point to develop eLearning design and development skills and processes. I enjoyed this course so much, that it prompted me to pursue an MA in eLearning Design and Development with CIT. This study led me to my current role as a Learning Designer.”

Gillian Driver

Gillian Driver

Learning Designer, Central Solutions Ltd. Read Gillian Driver’s story

“I attended the Professional Certificate course, and I found this incredibly beneficial, giving me the background knowledge to plan, develop, and implement e-learning.”

Nick Skehan

Nick Skehan

IT Systems Engineer in CBE Read Nick Skehan’s story

Setting the Global Standard in Digital Learning 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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31 Mar 2023

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Professional Certificate in Instructional Design


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About the Certificate Program

We’ve put together a university credit-rated curriculum that covers everything you need to know to master
the fundamentals of Instructional Design. In 8 weeks of online based learning, your instructional design certification
will help you can feel confident working in the digital learning industry with the skills needed to excel.

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Module 1

Instructional Design Fundamentals

The options, roles and process in Instructional Design.

Module 2

Theory & Principles

The core theory and 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.

Your Instructional Design Certification Experience

We want all of our students to begin their eLearning careers with a model of exceptional Digital Learning Design. In our certificate you’ll be supported with mentoring, student community, digital learning toolkits, and more.

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

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

Education Consultant

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

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

Student community

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

Self-paced learning resources

Live Virtual Classrooms (optional)

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

What to Expect From an Instructional Design Course

  • Build your instructional design skills in Articulate Storyline
  • Master the fundamentals of Instructional Design
  • Learn the vocabulary used by Learning & Development teams to work cross-functionally at your company
  • Learn storyboarding for multimedia eLearning design
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What will be covered in Articulate Storyline training?

  • 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
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Who Is This Professional Instructional Design Certification Course For?

Individuals who gain a Professional Certificate in Instructional Design are certified as experienced Instructional Design professionals with a mastery of Articulate Storyline and gain more responsibility in their current roles. The Professional Certificate in Instructional Design is for junior instructional designers, early career L&D professionals, and anyone ready to uplevel their instructional design experience with hands-on practice. Learning and Development Managers invest in the certificate to ensure every team member is equipped with the skills needed to excel in their company’s department forward in the learning and development sector.

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Why the Digital Learning Institute

The Digital Learning Institute was founded in 2018 (formerly known as Flex Labs) and we are the global leaders in digital learning education. We are comprised of a team of digital learning specialists with a passion for helping professionals reach their potential through digital learning design courses. Since 2018, the Digital Learning Institute has helped 5,000+ students transition into digital learning careers and improve a variety of company’s learning and development departments. We regularly work with global brands to upskill their teams in Learning & Development, product training, customer education and much more.

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  • The certification course addresses the core process, principles and practices of simply instructional design. The certificate focuses on the design of multimedia eLearning courses and is ideal for people who are currently working alongside digital learning professionals and are looking for a solid understanding in the fundamentals.

    The diploma is designed for people who are looking to advance their career as a Digital Learning Professional or directly pivot from one career to the Digital Learning Design Industry. The diploma covers 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 because the Diploma covers everything that is covered in the Cert but it goes more in depth.

  • The certification programme is delivered as a complete self-paced learning experience. The self-paced options allow you to start the Cert at any time and complete the course in your own time. It is recommended to complete the course over 6 –8 weeks with a recommended commitment of 3 hours per week including assessment. There is no scheduled learning activities and interventions. You can set your own timetable for the 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. There will be a live virtual classroom once a month for students going through the certification programme.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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