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Why ODU for Industrial Training?

Step into a fast-growing, in-demand field. Learn effective training and organizational development with a certificate in industrial training through ODUOnline.

The skills you learn while earning this industrial training certificate are applicable in a wide range of industries and a variety of workplaces.

You'll take classes that focus on essential, in-demand skills. Learn how to: 

  • conduct a training needs assessment;
  • design and develop effective training;
  • identify the best delivery modes;
  • evaluate the impact of training programs;
  • and continue to enhance organizational performance improvement.

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Who should earn an industrial training certificate?

This certificate program is designed for people across multiple sectors including business, industry, health care, government, military, higher education, and more. It is perfect for professionals who already have an area of expertise and would like to develop the technical skills to be a trainer.

If you have been asked to develop and deliver training programs for your organization, or want to be prepared to answer that need, this certificate program is for you!

Looking for a full degree? Check out our online Training Specialist bachelor's degree. We also offer this topic as a an online minor so you can pair it with your ODU bachelor's degree.

Required Courses

  • 21 credit hours (seven courses)
    • Instructional Systems Development
    • Instructional Methods in Occupational Studies
    • Communication Technology
    • Technology and Society
    • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Interpersonal Relations

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Bright Outlook

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. More opportunities are expected for specialists who develop online and mobile training programs.
— Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Oct. 2019

Careers in Industrial Training

Training specialists are valued by many organizations. Their most common tasks include presenting information, directing structured learning experiences, and managing group discussions and group services.

Training specialists also conduct orientation sessions and arrange on-the-job training for new hires, and conduct workshops and arrange training for veteran employees, helping them improve or advance in their positions.

People who successfully complete this certificate can go on to hold positions such as:

  • Training Specialist
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Training Consultant
  • Training Manager

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$360 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State Students$407 per credit hour

Active duty military students may qualify for a discounted undergraduate tuition rate.

These tuition rates are effective Fall 2020 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

To this certificate by itself, you will apply to ODU as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student.

Already an ODU student? Talk to your advisor about adding this certificate to your academic plans.

Meet Your Team

Our dedicated enrollment team will guide your transition to ODUOnline. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.