NZATD, in association with NZATD Education Trust, introduced the Learning and Development Practitioner award to recognise excellence among individuals actively engaged in the Learning and Development profession.  Rather than focus on particular skills e.g. facilitation, it seeks to acknowledge that individuals may exhibit excellence within the profession through a range of expertise that may span a range of different learning disciplines, for example (but not limited to) needs analysis, instructional design, assessment and evaluation, e-learning, facilitation; managing the learning and development function, etc.

The winning professional will need to, in one or more of the following, have:

  • Demonstrated consistent excellence in their chosen speciality/ies over a number of years,  and / or
  • Made an outstanding contribution to the profession over a number of years, and / or
  • Achieved something truly outstanding in the learning and development field within the past two years.


Entrants should be working in New Zealand or, if working oversees, be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Membership of NZATD is not required to place an entry in the awards.


All entries will need to meet a set of baseline criteria before they can be considered for ranking against other entries.  Baseline criteria refer to those criteria that all entries must meet before they can be considered as finalists in any category.  Once adherence to base line criteria is confirmed, these criteria will not be used to differentiate between submissions. All entries meeting baseline criteria will then be assessed according to a predefined set of evaluation criteria to enable differentiation between all eligible entries by a panel of judges.  For more detail about the specific evaluation criteria in this category please see the 2014 Learning and Development Practitioner Award Grading Sheet provided.


If you would like to speak to someone about an innovation you have worked on to see if it may be suitable for entry, or need any further information about the awards, please contact our Executive Officer at with the words NZATD Awards in the subject line.  Ensure you include a contact phone number and someone from NZATD will call you.

Download your NZATD Education Trust Learning and Development Awards Application Form here!