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CPLP Exam: Prepare

Prepare (For the Knowledge Exam)

What should I consider as I prepare for the exam?

-Plan on 80-90 hours for study.
-Plan on six-nine months for the whole process including studying, taking the knowledge and SAE exams.


What resources should I review?

If you haven’t already done so, this is a great time to review the Practice CPLP Exam (pCPLP). And you don’t need to shoulder all the preparation by yourself! Consider any or all of the following resources as your “partners” in preparation:

  • The Learning System includes both questions that help you assess your knowledge and apply the concepts to situations and case studies. The Learning System also allows you to bookmark particular content, or write notes as you go.
  • The Preparing for the CPLP programs are designed to support your individual study plan. Choose the preparation program that works for YOU – a two-day instructor-led workshop, a synchronous online opportunity at your desk, or a self-paced course. When you register for a program, you'll get access to a private Online CPLP Community.
  • If you want to really dive into a particular AOE, consider enrolling in one of several Certificate Programs.
  • Check the CPLP Updates regularly so that you keep up with the latest news on the CPLP front.
  • After you complete the Study Prep program of your choice, extend your individual studying by joining a Study Group. These Study Groups are peer-facilitated and can be virtual or in-person. Many ATD Chapters offer Study Groups. Click here for the current listing. If your local chapter is not listed, consider asking them to start one. 
  • Join the large ATD LinkedIn Community and actively participate by posting ideas and responding to the group.
  • ATD members may also use the ATD Skill Tracker to determine what resources are available to build skills and knowledge in specific areas. 

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