Online Training Professional Certification

In this training, you'll learn best practices for facilitating live, online classes and then get certified to teach online.

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Become a Virtual Training Rockstar!

ICCOTP logoThe Certified Online Training Professional (COTP) certification program is a 2-day virtual instructor-led (vILT) class.

Becoming a COTP proves that you have completed the comprehensive COTP course and passed written and live proficiency exams.

The COTP course ensures you receive the training to become an effective virtual trainer and facilitator. 

In the first section of the course, you will learn the basics of online course delivery. In subsequent sections, you will learn the details of setting up both the hardware and software required for online training delivery, how to convert existing classroom courses appropriate for virtual delivery, and the essentials of public speaking for an online audience. You will also learn how to develop effective PowerPoint presentations for virtual delivery and create effective polls and quizzes.

Whether you are new to vILT or are an experienced online instructor, you will gain valuable knowledge and skills in this certification program. Once you complete the certification process, you will be considered a Certified Online Training Professional. You can lead virtual programs, set up online training programs, or be a trainer/facilitator within a more extensive program.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

You are eligible to receive CEUs for completing this course. Learn more about CEUs here.

Course Objectives

Best Practices for Facilitating Live, Online Classes

  • Learn how to get your online class started on the right foot, from student introductions through presentation of the course agenda
  • Learn how to manage the online classroom environment, regardless of which hosting platform is used
  • Learn the definitions of often confused terms: eLearning, mlearning, webinars, and online training
  • Learn to engage your students
  • Learn some of the most common online training myths. They'll be examined and busted once and for all!
  • Online training pros and cons

Introduction to hardware and software needed to host an online class

  • Learn the characteristics you should consider for your computer and backup computer, as well as additional hardware you need (or want).
  • Learn how PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Acrobat software will help you prepare classroom courses or other training events. 
  • Become familiar with online platforms like WebEx, GoToTraining, and Adobe Connect.

Converting Courses for Online Delivery

  • Learn how to plan, create, and deliver your online course handouts and presentations.
  • Learn how to create online classroom activities paralleling the warm-ups, discussions, brainstorming, and small group work you might use in a live classroom.

Public Speaking for the Online Audience

  • Variety is the spice of life—and online training audio engagement. Learn how to create variety in your online speaking.
  • Learn when to use silence effectively.
  • Pick up some plain language concepts to use in speaking.
  • Discuss how to handle disruptive participants.
  • Pace your delivery.

Quizzes and Polls for Online Delivery

  • Learn how to use formal and informal polls to engage your audience and gather useful information for yourself.
  • Use informal quizzing to assess learning and encourage both engagement and effort on the part of your learners.
  • Understand the basics of creating formal quizzes for use during or after your online training delivery.

PowerPoint Design for Online Presentation

  • Learn basic design concepts for creating effective online PowerPoint presentations.
  • Get the specifics on how to set up your slide show for smooth presentations online.
  • Learn some PowerPoint tricks and where to find clip art and other resources.