Our mission is to promote excellence in learning and
performance improvement; ASTDps professionals
together create a world that works better.


About Us

With over 300 members, The Puget Sound Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTDps) is a local association committed to workplace learning and performance professionals in the Puget Sound area.

Our Vision

To be recognized as the premier resource for professional development in the workplace learning and performance field.

Our Mission

To promote excellence in learning and performance improvement; ASTDps professionals together create a world that works better.

We are continuing in our efforts to make the Puget Sound Chapter of ASTD more visible in the community, more connected to businesses, government and non-profit organizations, and finally, more committed to its members.


The Chapter was organized in 1953 by a core of professionals in the training and development field to offer support and information on the latest trends in the field. We are celebrating more than 50 years of professional development.

Connection with National ASTD

We are proud to be a part of National ASTD, the world's largest training association.

Membership in the local chapter is separate from membership in the national organization and each has its own pricing and set of benefits.  Being a member of the local chapter offers the additional advantage of contacts, resources and educational programs within the local training and development community.

You might consider being a member of the local chapter and national ASTD to connect with local, national, and international professionals and have access to other offerings.  For information about the National ASTD, call 1-800-NAT-ASTD or Click here.

Chapter Offerings and the ASTD Competency Model

Our membership programs and resources are based on the ASTD Competency Model. When ASTD conducted the in-depth, comprehensive study of the learning professional to develop this model, they were able to define, through the model, what Workplace Learning and Performance professionals needed to know and do to be successful. By basing our offerings on this model, we are able to focus developmental opportunities on research-based, strategically chosen areas of our profession.

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Through involvement with the chapter and its rich array of benefits, our members gain critical knowledge, skills, and abilities, increase their professional network, develop valuable experience, find new clients, and achieve greater career satisfaction. 

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Chapter Operating Requirements:  CORE

As part of the connection with national ASTD, our chapter participates in and fully complies with a set of performance guidelines referred to as Chapter Operating Requirements or “CORE” which are set and evaluated by National ASTD.

These guidelines are designed to help the chapter deliver consistent benefits to members and ensure the chapter is run like a business.

This achievement = consistently strong benefits to chapter members!

We are proud of this ongoing accomplishment.

Generating Income:  Chapter Incentive Program (CHIP)

The Chapter Incentive Program (CHIP) is a revenue-sharing program that offers chapters an opportunity to earn revenue when chapter members make purchases on the National ASTD online Store website. It’s a way to help the Puget Sound Chapter financially, which in turn helps it deliver new services and programs.

Each chapter is assigned a ChIP code. The Puget Sound source code is CH8020. Type this source code into the box at Checkout so that the Puget Sound Chapter automatically gets its revenue share.

Every person that uses the source code will be contributing to our chapter's financial health.
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