Certified Learning Environment Architect 

About CLEA

Organizations are recognizing more and more the importance of quality learning experiences, whether they occur in the college classroom or a corporate training facility.  They allocate resources to course development and learning management systems in an effort to meet the mission critical needs of learning.

This is great, but at iLED we believe the most important resource an organization has is the professionals responsible for leading, designing, developing, and delivering the learning experiences.  That is why we created the Certified Learning Environment Architect program and credential.

During this intensive, three-day workshop, the CLEA training program will equip participants to lead the process of designing diverse learning experiences and environments including courses, training programs, support systems, and physical learning spaces. This certification is ideal for individuals, teams, and organizations that want to create, grow, and lead great learning environments.


Instructor-led Workshop




Per Person

In classroom or corporate learning, we understand everyone is committed to providing quality, innovative learning experiences.  But over and over we run into the same question:  How do we come up with innovative learning solutions and designs?In response, we have identified four foundations that impact the success of learning environment architects.  Mastery in each of these areas is necessary for course and program designers to create engaging learning environments and experiences.Achieve Mastery in Four Areas:
  • Skills
  • Characteristics
  • Processes
  • Tools
At the Institute, we believe innovation is easy when you have solid foundations to build upon.  This course is designed to help strengthen each of the four foundations.Learn How To:
  • Identify and strengthen essential characteristics required of all learning environment architects.
  • Manage the learning design process using the Learning Environment Design for Innovation system.
  • Improve communication of design ideas and plans with our visual communication tool, the Learning Environment Modeling™ Language.
  • Assess learners, learning environments, and organizational readiness.
  • Model, prototype, and lead the development of learning environments.
  • Facilitate conversations, meetings, ideation sessions, and the capacity for change within the organization.
Develop Essential CharacteristicsCourses and programs are only as good as the people designing them; that is why it is critical to develop the individual before developing the course.  This course covers the 10 Essential Characteristics for Learning Environment Architects. These range from being open-minded and analytical to serving as both a catalyst and strategist. All are necessary to lead in the design of innovative learning environments.Improve Your ProcessMany people want to develop engaging learning environments and experiences, but they really don’t know where to begin.  Our program provides you with a system proven to help your organization move from commitment to design to development. The Learning Environment Design for Innovation (LEDi) model consists of five stages that combine Design Thinking and the ADDIE Model into one easy-to-implement process that is guaranteed to improve innovation in your learning programs.Innovative CommunicationThe success of a design project depends on the ability to communicate design ideas with a variety of team members.  Borrowing concepts from the world of architecture and computer programming, we will teach you how to use our visual communication and design tool, the Learning Environment Modeling™ Language, to improve communication within your team.Determining Needs and ReadinessThere are many factors to consider when designing courses and programs.  Two factors that are often overlooked are learner needs and organizational readiness. This course will teach participants how to assess learner needs through conducting empathy research and determining organizational readiness by looking at organizational values, mindset, and commitment to learning innovation.Design Learning EnvironmentsEngagement encourages learning.  Motivation fuels learning.  Practice makes perfect.  All of these statements are true when describing great learning environments and experiences.   But how do you design a learning experience that is engaging or motivating?  We will share our unique approach to learning design, Learning Environment Modeling™, to teach you how to design courses and programs that are those things and more.  Not only will we teach you how create the design, we will guide you in prototyping, assessing, and developing the learning environment, too.Leading InnovationBeing a catalyst or “change agent” is one of the primary roles performed by instructional designers and learning architects.  We provide the skills and tools necessary to be successful in that role.  This course will teach participants how to facilitate conversations, meetings, ideation sessions, and change to ensure there are clear paths to success when implementing new learning initiatives.
Three-Day Course

Three full days of official CLEA in-person training with opportunities to hear from current senior leaders at our Institute.Reference Materials

All CLEA and iLED tools used during the facilitation will be provided to participants.Meals

  • A Welcome Dinner on Day 1
  • Daily Breakfast and Lunch
  • Snacks and Beverage Service
Hotel Accommodations

A group rate of $95 has been set aside at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
301 Meline Dr
Edmond, OK 73034
(405) 341-4818

Please refer to the blocked room code CLEA.Standard Pricing for a Multi-Day Course                                                                                                                                                   $1,250*

*Group of 5 or more participants, contact (405) 974-3584

Registrations may be purchased online.Organization/Team Training

Teams wanting customized CLEA training for their organization can do so. This gives you a flexible training option that can fit within the schedule and needs of your business and employees. For more details or to purchase, call us or email at

Schedule (example)

Day 1:  Foundations

8:10       Leave Hotel – Our shuttle service will transport you to the University of Central Oklahoma campus8:30        Check-in – Receive your name badge, workshop materials, and a group assignment.8:45        Welcome and Introductions9:00        Overview of CLEA – Learn more about the CLEA program, expectations and benefits9:30        Essential Characteristics – We will explore the 10 essential characteristics that drive how and what learning environment architects do.  You will also receive your personalized Learning Environment Architect Profile report.10:30     Understanding Learning Environments –  We will explore what is and is not a learning environment as well as the relationship between space, place, and time as they relate to learning and learning design.11:00     ILED Methodologies –  Introduce our proprietary methodologies, including our design system, Learning Environment Design for Innovation, and our visual planning and communication tool, Learning Environment Modeling Language.12:30     Lunch (provided)1:30        ILED Methodologies, continued2:30        Assessing Learners – During this portion of the course, we will discuss the importance of identifying learner needs as one of the very first steps you should take during the design process.  We will learn traditional assessments methods but also how to assess learner needs by conducting empathy research.4:00        Evaluating Learning Environments – We will end day one with an introductory conversation into evaluating learning environments. The focus will be on the questions you should ask in order to develop an understanding of an existing learning environment.5:00        Day One Recap and Day Two Preview5:15        Board Shuttle for Dinner – Join the ILED team for dinner at one of our local Edmond restaurants.7:15        Return to Hotel
The Certified Learning Environment Architect™ (CLEA) Program is perfect for instructional designers, educators, and learning and development professionals.  Some of the benefits of participating are listed below.Instructional Designers
  • Be more than just a “course builder”. Discover how to design learning environments and learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional in-person or online space.
  • Learn a visual language that will help you reduce communication barriers often present when working with SMEs and other members of the development team.
  • Tackle curriculum committee challenges with confidence by approaching problems with a new set of skills and techniques.
  • Gain insights into how to increase learner engagement and motivation by creating designs that help avoid the mid-semester doldrums.
Learning and Development Professionals
  • Bring back strategies that will help your organization elevate its current professional development offerings.
  • Be an agent of change by learning techniques that could help move your organization from a culture of training to a culture of learning.