There are many associations for learning and development professionals or suppliers. These associations serve diverse topics within the corporate training industry, including instructional design, performance improvement, and learning and development. Most focus on furthering the skills and knowledge of professionals or improving an organization’s position in the industry. Training associations are typically non-profits, operating as 501(c)3 organizations. However, some are for-profit organizations carrying the name of an association.

The strategy of associations are sometimes very broad, with the objective of appealing to a large audience of professionals. Others specialize their interests and offerings to appeal to a niche professional group.

The following table provides a list of some of the most prominent associations in the global training industry:

Name Abbreviation Corporate Address Type of Association
Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD) ATD 1640 King St, Box 1443, Alexandria, VA 22313 USA Member
The Society for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers SPBT 4423 Pheasant Ridge Rd, Suite 100, Roanoke, VA 24014 USA Member
International Association for Continuing Education and Training IACET 1760 Old Meadow Rd, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102 USA Member
International Society for Performance Improvement ISPI 1400 Spring St., Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA Member
ISA-The Assoication for Learning Providers ISA 12427 Hedges Run Dr, #100, Lake Ridge, VA 22192 USA Trade
Society for Human Resource Management SHRM 1800 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
National Staff Development Training Association NSDTA An Affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
1133 Nineteenth St. N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 USA
American Management Association AMA 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 USA Member
Canadian Society for Training and Development CSTD 720 Spadina Ave, Suite 315, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2T9 Member
Federal Government Distance Learning Association FGDLA 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 32,
Alpharetta, GA 30022 USA
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes EADI Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse 11, 53113 Bonn, Germany Member
European Training and Development Federation ETDF Addresses of member organizations are available on the ETDF-FEFD website.
The eLearning Guild 120 Stony Point Rd, Suite 125, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 USA Community
Chinese Training and Development Association CSTD NO.1-3, Shihyuan Rd, Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. Member
United States Distance Learning Association USDLA 8 Winter Street, Suite 508, Boston, MA 02108-4705 Member
European Transport Training Association EuroTra Rue Archimede 5, Belgium Member
European Training Media Association ETMA Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Spain Member
European Civil Engineering Education and Training Association EUCEET Bul.Lacul Tel 124 , Bucharest, Romania Member
National Council for Workforce Education NCWE 1050 Larrabee Ave #104-308, Bellingham, WA 98225 Member
International Vocational Education and Training Association IVETA 186 Wedgewood Drive     Mahtomedi, MN 55115 Member