Different instructional designer levels?

Feb 15, 2017

Hi. I'd like some info. This is related to knowledge of e-authoring tools so I think this is OK to post here.

I'm having difficulty finding information about this online and am wondering if any instructional designers can provide me with additional info that would be helpful?

What is typically the difference between the knowledge/experience levels you have to have as an Instructional Designer I, II, and III position (and is Senior Designer the level after that?) I am trying to determine where I fall on that scale. I realize this is probably subjective, but what are your best thoughts?

Also, all the ID jobs I've had have been skills I've had to take classes for or self-learn and create on my own. I haven't been part of an ID team. What are the different roles on an ID team and how do these teams function together to create trainings?


Thanks for your help and insights.


2 Replies
Chris Cole

Hi Carla.

Working with many different client companies over the years, it seems to me that every company has their own titles and definition of these roles. Some use the names you mentioned, but with varying definitions and experience levels required for each role. Some companies use entirely different names, like "developer" or "consultant" or whatever and don't use a I, II, III type of breakdown. Teams are assembled in different ways at different companies, with various mixes of Instructional Designers, Instructional Developers, graphics persons, voiceover persons, trainers, consultants, and some companies expect a single person to do all roles.

All that to say that there doesn't seem to me to be a standard way to define those roles or levels like you are asking. Every company is different. There may be some generalized definitions at groups like ATD (formerly ASTD) or ISPI or other training resources, but even those would just be guidelines and different companies modify to meet their own needs.

Not much help, I know. 


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