Diploma in Training & Development


The Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) is a premier institution in the field of Human Resource Development with the distinguished record of service spanning more than 45 years. To meet the long felt need for a basic qualification in Training & Development, a focused correspondence Course, Diploma in Training & Development, was introduced in April, 1979. This is the only professional course recognised by Govt. of India for Training of Trainers in the country and is designed to meet today's Training / HRD challenges. This Diploma Programme is managed by a committee consisting of eminent HRD professionals, and academicians. At present a large number of ISTD Diploma holders are occupying senior positions in the field of Training & Development / Human Resource Development in various Public and Private organisations.

For Whom

The Programme is well suited for HRD / Training professionals. It also helps prepare line managers / professionals from other functions to orient themselves as facilitators of learning processes or also to move into Training field as Faculty Members. The Programme is intended for those who are engaged or wish to engage themselves in the human resource development in Industry, Business, Banks, Government, Administration, Defence Forces and Public Utilities like Power Plants, Agricultural Development, Health Education and other Social Sector Programmes, Consultancy and Voluntary Organisations


18 Months Correspondence course inclusive of the Internship Project* of six months. Being a Distance Learning Programme, the course does not infringe upon the regular working schedule of those in employment. Registration of a student is valid for 4 years.

ISTD Diploma Registration and Course Fees

The application for enrolment must be in the prescribed registration form supplied along with its prospectus. The registration form, duly filled in, must be accompanied by:

  • Prospectus Fees Rs.500/-
  • A non-refundable/ transferable Registration Fee of Rs.1000/- by cash or Demand Draft payable to "ISTD, Diploma Programme", New Delhi.
  • Full Course Fees of Rs.45,000/- in one lump sum or can be paid in two equal installments of Rs.22,700/- each by cash or Demand Draft. Payable to "ISTD Diploma Programme", New Delhi
  • Course Fee for Armed Forces officials of Rs.25,000/- (can be paid in two installments of Rs.12,800/- each) by cash or DD in favour of "ISTD Diploma Programme", New Delhi, payable at New Delhi.
  • Rs.40,500/- towards Course fee for ISTD Permanent Institutional Members and SC/ST Candidates.
  • Attested copies of Degree/Diploma, work experience in fulfillment of eligibility criteria (attestation by gazetted officers, above, are acceptable).
  • Two passport size photographs.

The full course fees is towards the supply of course material, ISTD Journal for one year and Internship Project Fee.

The registration is valid for a period of four years (subject to remittance of full course fee) which is the maximum period allowed for completing the Diploma Programme including the Internship subject to the provision of extension in validity period as specified.

Note 1: Complete instructions for filling the registration form are given in the form itself These instructions should be read carefully and complied with by the candidate. Incomplete application or application not accompanied with the registration fees and course fees or the required documents duly attested is liable to be rejected forthwith.

Note 2: In case application has to be rejected because the candidate does not posses the prescribed qualifications/ experience etc., the amount deposited towards the course fees only shall be refunded through a Demand Draft.

Note 3: No refund of course fees in case application is accepted for admission and course material is dispatched.

Note 4: The second installment, in case the course fee is being paid in two installments, must be paid within three months of admission. All remittances be made through either by cash or Demand Draft in favor of "ISTD Diploma Programme", New Delhi.

Note 5: Payment deadlines are specified in Schedule of Activities. A grace period of 6 (six ) days from the stipulated date for payment of second installment of course fee is normally allowed. In case of delay beyond six days, the course fee would be accepted on payment of late fee @ Rs. 10/- per day.

The course Structure has three components:
  • Theory Papers, a curriculum of eight theory papers divided into parts A & B consisting of four papers each.
  • Response Sheets to be submitted for each paper before Due date, appearing in the written examination for that paper.
  • Internship Project, to be taken up after cleaning Part A theory papers. The report will be accepted on clearing at all the written papers and completion of 18 months prescribed period.

Government Recognition

ISTD Diploma in Training and Development is recognised by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, for the purposes of recruitment to superior posts under the Central Government. This is also approved by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Govt. of India under its Faculty Development Scheme and by the Corporate sectors such as ACC, Appollo Group of Hospitals, BHEL, FCI, HAL, HOCL, IIHMAR, IOC, L&T, NBCC, SAIL, SCL, State Bank Of India staff College ,TCIL, Msource India Pvt Ltd., Hero Mindmine etc.


Graduate of a recorgnized or its equivalent with a minimum of two years work experience as training faculty or experience in a supervisory / managerial position in training / human resource development function in an organisation.


Post-Graduate degree in any discipline or equivalent Diploma in Business Management, Personnel Management or any other recognised discipline.


Technical or Professional degrees like BE, ME, MBBS, CAIIB, ACA, AICWA, M Ed etc. (inclusive of degree level education.)


Armed Forces Officers who have successfully undergone course at NDA /IMA / Air Force Academy / Indian Naval Academy and have a minimum of two years working experience in defence services.


Comprises eight papers viz.
Paper I : Organisational Behavior
Paper II : Human Resource Development
Paper III : Manpower Planning & Training
Paper IV : Training Methodology-I
Paper V : Training Methodology-II
Paper VI : Evaluation of Training
Paper VII : Electronic Enabled Training Systems
Paper VIII : Electronic Enabled Training Office & Administration
Response Sheets in each paper have to be completed before the examinations. Medium of course is in English only.
Internship Project Report to be taken up after clearing all the eight theory papers. To prepare Internship Project / Report necessary guidelines are provided by the Diploma Office