ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) describes itself as the world's largest association dedicated to learning and development professionals.
With members from more than 100 countries, 120 U.S. chapters and more than 20 international partners, the Society includes individuals that work in thousands of organisations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers.
ASTD was established in 1943, and in recent years has worked to widen the focus of the profession to link learning and performance to individual and organisational results.
The Society defines its mission as to "empower professionals to develop knowledge and skills successfully."
- provides resources for learning and development professionals, educators, and students
- brings professionals together in conferences, workshops, and online
- offers professional development opportunities for learning practitioners
- serves as the voice of the profession to the media and to public policy makers in the U.S.
- collaborates with other associations, organisations, and educational institutions to advance the profession; and
- recognises excellence and sets the standard for best practices in learning and performance.
ASTD members are bound by a Code of Ethics that is designed to provide guidance to individuals to be self-managed learning and development professionals.
Developed by the profession for the profession, the Code of Ethics is the public declaration of learning professionals' obligations to themselves, their profession, and society.
Under the Code, ASTD members agree to strive to:
- recognise the rights and dignities of each individual
- develop human potential
- provide employers, clients, and learners with the highest level quality education, training, and development
- comply with all copyright laws and the laws and regulations governing their position
- keep informed of pertinent knowledge and competence in the workplace learning and development field
- maintain confidentiality and integrity in the practice of their profession
- support peers and avoid conduct which impedes their practicing their profession
- conduct themselves in an ethical and honest manner
- improve the public understanding of workplace learning and development
- fairly and accurately represent workplace learning and performance credentials, qualifications, experience, and ability; and
- contribute to the continuing growth of the profession.