Training Programs

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Introducing the North American Edition of the IPA Foundation Certificate!

Online exam scheduled for June 26, 2017.

Introducing The Winners’ Circle!

Explore the success in today’s creative industries through this new webinar series led by Charles Day.

With a host of training and educational offerings, including our industry–leading webinars, developmental seminars, and national conferences, the 4A’s is committed to nurturing talent of all levels and career stages.


The 4A’s Learning and Development programs are offered in a variety of formats: one-hour webinars, half-day and full-day workshops, multi-day training programs and online training. Each year, more than 13,000 people gain knowledge and experience through our training programs. The 4A’s provides learning opportunities that focus on a variety of subjects like digital strategy, leadership skills and project management.

Through a partnership with the 4A’s UK-based sister organization the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), the 4A’s is pleased to now offer the award-winning IPA Foundation Certificate. A highly coveted credential for entry-level associates with less than one-year experience, the certificate program provides junior industry talent, regardless of discipline, with the knowledge and expertise to perform their roles with confidence.

In addition, nine multi-week Institute of Advanced Advertising Studies (IAAS) programs provide junior talent (with less than four years of advertising experience) an immersive training experience through team-based, hands-on, case study assignments.

Finally, the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) offers the next generation of leadership the opportunity to practice executive decision in realistic, high-stakes agency situation. This exceptionally popular and effective program is scheduled to be held six times each year.

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How Client Trends Are Changing Agency Selection: The Next 12 Months

Mirren’s latest client-side research is in: There are new industry changes for the year ahead. Join Brent Hodgins of Mirren Business Development as he discusses how clients are shifting to a greater focus on technology, data, insights and business performance.

IPA Foundation Certificate – April 24 Exam

The 4A’s is pleased to offer the award-winning IPA Foundation Certificate through a partnership with its UK-based sister organization the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), which has just been newly adapted for the North American market. Enroll by Friday, March 17, 2017 for your chance to take the online exam on Monday, April 24, 2017.

4A’s Executive Leadership Program – Chicago

The focal point of this course is a globally acclaimed computer-based simulation that challenges participants to lead, manage and improve the performance of a marketing communications agency over time. Participants acquire actionable skills that they can immediately apply to succeed.

Social Commerce: What’s Real, What’s Hype and Why It’s About to Explode

With U.S. e-commerce sales expected to grow to more than $400 billion this year and the average person spending nearly two hours on social media every day, it’s no question that social commerce will be the next big revolution in digital marketing.

IPA Foundation Certificate – June 26 Exam

The 4A’s is pleased to offer the award-winning IPA Foundation Certificate through a partnership with its UK-based sister organization the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), which has just been newly adapted for the North American market. Enroll by Friday, May 19, 2017 for your chance to take the online exam on Monday, June 26, 2017.