International Society for Trainers & Developers


Professional Bodies

The Professional Bodies (PB)/ISTD Standard define a proven model for developing effective and valuable continuing education and training ISTD Certified Global Professional Program.

Because the Standard focuses on how learning programs are developed, not what they cover, it provides a framework of best practices that can be applied across disciplines and industries.


What Does the Learning Credit (LC) Standard Measure?

The Professional Bodies (PB)/ISTD Standard measures all aspects of a ISTD Certified Global Professional Program development across internationally recognized categories:

  • Training Organization
  • Responsibility and Control
  • The Learning Environment and Support Systems
  • Learning Event Planning
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Planning and Instructional Personnel
  • Content and Instructional Methods
  • Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • System for Awarding Learning Credit (LC) and Maintaining Learner Records

Program Evaluation

A systematic approach to identifying and analysing learning needs, the Professional Bodies (PB)/ISTD Standard through its ISTD Certified Global Professional Program helps Training providers:

  • Establish an appropriate responsibility and control system
  • Design, plan and execute a quality learning event
  • Establish appropriate assessment criteria based on the learning outcomes
  • Monitor and improve the learning process in order to achieve its objectives.

The Professional Bodies (PB)/ISTD Standard through its ISTD Certified Global Professional Program also emphasizes the importance of continually reviewing and improving training, to ensure the development of quality programs that meet industry needs.


Why the Standard Matters

Within a competitive marketplace, it pays to align your organization and its Training programs with the name synonymous for quality in training. The Professional Bodies (PB)/ISTD Standard through its ISTD Certified Global Professional Program are recognized as the official standard for Training Organizations, with a corresponding reputation for excellence.

This reputation extends to ISTD Approved Providers. Only ISTD APs can offer ISTD Learning Credits (LC). And only ISTD (LC) communicate to employers, licensing authorities, certification bodies and others that the training program meets the highest standards.