Learning needs analysis

What is a learning needs analysis? Learn the basics of how to conduct a learning needs analysis so you can support your organisation’s capabilities.

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Perfect for:

L&D administrators
L&D officers
L&D managers

You’ll learn how to:

  • explain what a learning needs analysis is
  • explore ideas for conducting an effective learning needs analysis
  • complete a learning needs analysis in your organisation
  • look broader and deeper into your learning needs analysis results.

About this course

Course length: 60-90 minutes

Delivery: Online, self-directed

Suitable for: Those whose role involves understanding how to conduct a learning need analysis, such as L&D administrators and managers, and those embarking on a career in learning and development.


This course is included as part of the Core Learning Subscription.​ ​

What you can expect from ‘learning needs analysis’ course

This short course has been developed by experienced learning professional Michelle Parry- Slater and includes insights from Chris Schiller and Krystyna Gadd. It explains why training needs analysis differs from learning needs analysis (LNA) and teaches you to support a compelling needs analysis, including using the correct terminology, understanding the process, the eight areas of data collection for LNA and how to use this data effectively. You’ll also learn to make reasoned decisions, unbiased judgements, and communicate your thinking to others when evaluating large amounts of information from various sources.

What you’ll need to do on this course

This bite-sized training consists of written, video and interactive content. You can work through the content at your own pace. At the end, you can test your understanding with a brief knowledge check. This is not a formal assessment; you can repeat it several times to help reinforce your learning.

What you’ll get on this course

Taking part in this course gives you access to the CIPD Learning Hub for 12 months. Here, you can access your course content together with other valuable resources and tools. When you finish your course, you can enjoy an additional 12 months of access to other resources on the Learning Hub.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • define the term 'learning needs analysis’
  • explore how to start a learning needs analysis
  • identify the data required for a learning needs analysis.

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