Applications for the 2022 LearningElite Awards Program are now closed. Stay tuned for our winners. A huge thank you to all of our 2022 judges. 

Want to be a judge LearningElite for the 2022 program? All senior practitioners, learning-solution providers, vendor executives and L&D experts with at least 10 years of experience in the field are encouraged to apply. Apply today!

Congratulations to the 2021 LearningElite organizations.

The “2021 LearningElite Best Practices and Benchmarking Report” is now available for purchase at a discounted price for a limited time. Purchase your copy today.

A free executive summary of the 2021 report is available too.


  • Download part one of the 2022 LearningElite application.
  • Download part two of the 2022 LearningElite application.
  • Watch part one of our webinar series: Learning Elite – Our Program and Model.
  • Watch part two of our webinar series: Learning Elite – How to Maximize your Application.
  • View and download the 2022 judging rubric.
  • View and download the 2022 judging instructions.

About the Learning Elite Award

Chief Learning Officer’s LearningElite program honors the best organizations for learning and development. For more than a decade, this robust, peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program recognizes those organizations that employ exemplary workforce development strategies that deliver significant business results.

Developed under the guidance of a group of chief learning officers and senior learning and development practitioners, the LearningElite program utilizes best practices in evaluation to rank the best organizations based upon their impact, size and industries served. A comprehensive evaluation of learning and development, the LearningElite also recognizes individual companies for their efforts in functional areas, including leadership development, use of technology, executive buy-in, and content development and delivery, among others.

The aim of the LearningElite is to:

  • Identify and recognize industry leaders.
  • Promote recognition of the critical role that learning and development plays in organizational success.
  • Support organizations in achieving best-in-class levels of performance.
  • Identify and share best practices, principles and strategies for learning and development.
  • Provide powerful benchmarking data for world-class learning and development.

The LearningElite program will afford any size organization an opportunity to highlight and be recognized for outstanding outcomes in the field of learning and development.

Whitepapers for download

The High-Performance Learning Function

This whitepaper introduces the LearningElite benchmarking program and model. The paper details the five dimensions of the LearningElite program: learning strategy, leadership commitment, learning execution, learning impact and business performance results.

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Learning Elite Gala

Celebration and Recognition

Winners are announced during the annual LearningElite Gala.

Watch the 2021 Virtual Gala video.

Learning Elite Judges

Learning Elite Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Learning Elite Competition Winners