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The Blackboard Certified Trainer Program

Certified Trainer Program

The Blackboard Certified Trainer Program is a collaborative learning experience designed to give professionals who are tasked with training and support at their institutions or organizations an in-depth look at how to train effectively. The program is based on a professional training framework that promotes core competencies and best practices in training, thus ensuring that the Blackboard user community as a whole has access to the highest-quality training programs.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will be awarded with “Blackboard Certified Trainer” status. This credential will provide you with access to:

  • A Blackboard-recognized status for use in your professional endeavors
  • Access to the Blackboard Certified Trainer Community
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Recognition at the annual Bb World conference

Your certification credential is effective for two years. To maintain your status, credential renewal is required.

Facilitated by a Blackboard Training Program Mentor, this program combines asynchronous and synchronous activities to explore methods of online teaching and learning and best practices in training.  Learners will participate in a combination of team and individual projects, asynchronous collaboration and discussion, and synchronous presentations.

The program consists of the following components:

  • Orientation Webinar
  • Online Asynchronous Session
  • Performance Evaluation Session
    • This portion is three days in length, and is available in two formats:
      • Face-to-face at Blackboard World
      • Remotely via Collaborate Webinars (see schedule for required attendance dates)

Online Asynchronous Session

Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 30 hours over three weeks to complete the Online Session. This online component must be successfully completed before advancing to the synchronous Performance Evaluation. The goal of the Online Session is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver a high quality training class. In the online course, you will work individually and collaboratively to read, discuss, and apply information about effective training:

  • Training/facilitation skills
  • Good teaching practices
  • Accessibility
  • Current issues in education
  • Presentation planning

Activities include development of a good teaching practices analysis, a dynamic instruction handout, as well as a comprehensive training plan, all related to a Blackboard course tool.

Performance Evaluation Sessions

After completing the online component, you will be expected to apply this information by delivering exemplary training sessions for your chosen tool. You will deliver two presentations: a short 15-minute session, in which you will receive peer and mentor feedback, and a longer 50-minute session, in which you will be evaluated. In these presentations, you will demonstrate excellent training skills, address diverse learning styles, apply Chickering & Gamson’s seven principles of good teaching practices, and deliver a quality training session that you can use a model for future training events.

Attendance is required for the entire duration of the Performance Evaluation Sessions (2 or 3 days; this will vary depending on class size). To successfully complete the Certified Trainer Program each participant must complete the Online Session and the Performance Evaluation Sessions.

Program Objectives

  • Sharpen training skills as workshop and training program leaders
  • Learn to plan, develop, design, and deliver effective workshops
  • Learn to make your training more practical, participant-oriented, and energizing by thinking in terms of outcomes, results, and efficiencies
  • Develop, stretch, and challenge yourself and your skill sets

Who Should Attend

Experienced professionals who are tasked with training and supporting others at their institution or organization.


The focus of the Certified Trainer Program is NOT on product usage. All participants are expected to have:

  • Knowledge of Blackboard Learn™ technology
  • A minimum of 3 months experience as a designer/instructor/course builder
  • Computer that meets the minimum technical requirements for using Blackboard platforms
  • Email and Internet access


Hybrid program including both asynchronous and synchronous (delivered via webinar or in person) components. See schedule for location details.

Registration Information

Register now for the Certified Trainer Program using our online Training Registration Center. Enrollment in each course is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

*Please note that registration for this course closes 1 week prior to the listed start date.

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