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Learning & Development | Certificate Program

Give your organization a powerful competitive edge by training, retaining, and engaging your most talented employees. As an L&D Specialist, you will have the skills to engineer an effective L&D program and create a culture of learning that is aimed at solving today’s most pressing people-challenges, such as closing the skills gap, enabling the digital transformation, engaging millennials, and retaining your most talented people.



Online Self-paced

study 3 hours/week to finish in 10 weeks


12 Months

12 months to obtain your certificate


5 courses + capstone project

39 video lessons + assignments + quizzes

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What you will do

learning and development training

Equipping employees with the right skills and knowledge has always been important, but it is crucial in today's competitive business environment. This online certification takes you from building a targeted L&D strategy to putting it into practice by building the learning culture and landscape within your organization.

In this process, you will identify key learning needs, analyze skills gaps, and use learning analytics to evaluate the effectiveness of learning interventions and avoid wasting the L&D budget. Lastly, you will immerse yourself in coaching and learn the skills to set up managerial coaching programs.

L&D strategy

Design and implement an HRD strategy that aligns with the overall business strategy and works as catalyst for talent management.

Skills gap analysis

Help your organization dodge disruption by pinpointing crucial skills gaps and providing effective learning interventions.

Coaching skills

Learn basic coaching skills to implement coaching in your organization and support behavioral change.

L&D analytics

Avoid wasting L&D budget by measuring the impact and effectiveness of learning interventions using learning analytics.

+ program structure


L&D Foundations

(Re)familiarize yourself with essential frameworks for a strong and effective Learning & Development program. You will start with the basics, including the L&D cycle and various approaches to learning, before moving on to more advanced topics such as identifying Learning & Development needs and organizational learning. After completing these modules, you will have an excellent understanding of the foundations of Learning & Development, and a skill set that will help you create a culture of learning within your organization.


Learning & Development Strategy

Build a Learning & Development strategy that enables your organization’s long-term objectives. From mapping organizational learning maturity, to setting up formal learning programs and strengthening the informal learning landscape, this course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop L&D into a high-value strategic function.


Skills Gap Analysis

Take the guesswork out of L&D. In this module, you will learn methods to accurately identify your organization's current and future learning needs by performing a skill gap analysis. In addition to learning key techniques, you will see plenty of practical examples that can help you map your organization's internal upskilling needs.



In the coaching modules, you will immerse yourself in both the academic and practical aspects of coaching so that you can implement coaching successfully. You will learn about different roles in coaching, GROW models, the benefits of managerial coaching, and how to choose the right coach for your organization.


Learning Analytics

Use data to demonstrate just how valuable your L&D program is. You will start with the basics of learning analytics, before diving into different approaches, methods to collect the right data, calculating learning analytics ROI and more. This course also includes several practical case studies demonstrating the potential and relevance of learning analytics.


Capstone Project

The graded capstone project will let you put your new knowledge and skills into practice by working on several cases. The project covers a wide range of topics included in the certificate program, from analyzing business needs to formulating a strategy and finally measuring the effect of your work.

Download the syllabus for a detailed overview of all lessons, assignments, reading materials, and bonus content.

+ meet your instructors

Nadeem Khan

Leadership coach, OD & Change Specialist


Nadeem Khan is a consultant, coach and trainer who specializes in helping organizations improve performance through their people. Nadeem spent over a decade on developing workplace performance and training programs. He is a certified professional in Human Resource Development and the author of 'Introduction to People Analytics'.

Debora Gallo

L&D Manager at Netflix


With 15 years in L&D and academic qualifications in Organizational Learning and Coaching Psychology, Debora brings a deep passion and curiosity for learning. She has led L&D functions across industries (technology, education, finance, healthcare, media/entertainment), from fast-growing start-ups to global organizations in both Australia and The Netherlands.

Erik van Vulpen

HR Thought Leader


Erik van Vulpen is an expert in connecting HR processes to business results through qualitative and quantitative methods. He’s a regular speaker at HR tech events and conferences around the world. Erik also teaches at Utrecht University, The Netherlands and as the founder of AIHR, he provides training to dozens of senior HR leadership teams. Erik graduated in Law, Psychology (hons.) and Business Administration (hons.).

Paul van der Laken, PhD

HR Data Scientist


Paul van der Laken started his career as a data scientist in the Human Resources domain. He strongly believes that data-driven decision making can help organizations attract, develop, motivate and retain their people more effectively and efficiently. In addition to his work as a data scientist, he is also an executive trainer at Erasmus University, Tilburg University, and the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science.

Tim Theeboom, PhD

Executive Psychologist, Assistant Professor at the VU Center for Executive Coaching


Tim Theeboom is an academically trained consultant, and fascinated by human behavior. He spent more than 8 years studying coaching and change on both the organizational and individual levels. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Executive Psychologist at the Free University Amsterdam Center for Executive Coaching, which oversees and supports research into topics related to coaching effectiveness and work relationships.

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Why should I enroll?

We live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. Disruption is a constant threat, no matter your industry. Helping your workforce continuously expand their knowledge and skill sets is crucial, but more challenging than ever thanks to shrinking budgets and the rapid pace of change. Which skills and competencies is your workforce missing? And which should be your top priority for a learning intervention?

With the Learning & Development Certificate Program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and more. During the course of this online L&D training, you will develop a full set of HRD skills ranging from creating a top-level strategy to assessing skill gaps within the organization and assessing the effectiveness of the programs using data analysis.


+   Aside from L&D strategy, skill gaps and learning analytics, what other topics does the online training cover?

The Learning & Development Certificate Program consists of 5 individual courses plus a capstone project, so there are too many topics to cover in-depth in this FAQ. Highlights of the online course include: learning about various approaches to learning, effective training presentation and delivery, knowledge management, organizational learning maturity, how L&D fits into a broader talent strategy, informal learning landscapes, and more. You can find more detailed information about the Learning and Development Certificate Program in the syllabus.

+   Is the capstone project graded?

Yes! Obtaining your certificate is contingent on completing the capstone project with a passing grade. If you do not pass on the first attempt you can re-do the project. Everything that you need to complete the capstone project will be provided in the course.

+   Is there a fixed schedule?

No. This program is 100% online and self-paced! When you learn and how much time you spend each day, week, or month is up to.

In total, you will need to invest approximately 30 hours to finish the program and obtain your certificate.

+   How long do I have access to the program?

In total, you will have 12 months of access to the student portal, all lessons, and learning materials. On average, members complete their (first) program in 3 - 4 months.

+   Is this program the right fit for me?

If you’re not sure if this program is the right fit, we are here to help you determine which program is the right fit for your goals and needs! Simply talk to one of our admissions advisors or send them an email at [email protected]



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Well designed and structured program. Videos could be a bit more engaging. Hand-outs are to high-level if one would like to review content later on without rewatching the videos.
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Verified Alumni
from Germany
I liked the practical parts of the course best: relevant case studies, specific questions to ask yourself at every stage of one's L&D strategy preparation etc. I appreciate the reading materials and templates that were shared in the capstone project part.
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