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CPLP at a Glance

Based on the ATD Competency Model™, the ATD Certification Institute built the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®) credential to provide a way for TD professionals to prove their value to employers and to be confident in their knowledge of the field.

For more information, please visit these pages:
CPLP Certification Homepage
CPLP Program Milestones

CPLP Preparation

The ATD Learning System – The Official Resource for CPLP Study

The ATD Learning System is essential preparation for candidates who are studying for the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification exam. The content is aligned to the Global Mindset Foundational Competency and the 10 Areas of Expertise (AOEs) based on the 2013 ATD Competency Model. The Learning System provides the foundation for mastering primary content reflected on the multiple-choice exam. By providing the relevant content for a focused and systematic approach to study preparation, the ATD Learning System is designed to increase candidate readiness to take and pass the CPLP knowledge exam.

Key features of the ATD Learning System:
Up-to-date—Focused on the latest professional practices.
Portable—Available on most devices and offline.
Easily searchable—Jump to specific areas without scrolling.
Practical—Take notes and bookmark and highlight important sections.
Convenient—Download a PDF version to print a section, chapter, or the entire document.
Timely—Access to the latest updates.
Customizable —Adjust the interface, such as text size, to personal preference.

The ATD Learning System is available to members for $449 and to non-members for $595.

The Study Guide for Groups

If your chapter is currently hosting a CPLP study group, or planning one in the future, be sure to check out the ATD Learning System FAQs for chapter leaders. Each chapter is eligible for one free login which can be used by the Study Group Leaders only. Individual Study Group participants will need to purchase their own access to the ATD Learning System.

The Study Guide for Groups contains lesson plans for each AOE and Global Mindset which can be used for both local and virtual groups and is designed with links to related content in the main body of the Learning System. This will enable both the leader and the participants to toggle back and forth between the two documents, during groups or independently as well as use the other features of the Learning System.

Facilitator/leader guidelines and tips for establishing the group are provided. The groups will have the option of a single leader for all sessions or could rotate leadership among the participants. Chapters and/or leaders can expand on the content and add their own slides and other materials.

Preparing for the CPLP Program

This program is designed to help those pursuing the CPLP credential to plan for and conduct a comprehensive study of the content covered in the 10 Areas of Expertise in the ATD Competency Model. ATD offers courses delivered in three different formats to suit the learner’s needs plus an online guide to the process.

Preparing for the CPLP:


Interactive Guide

Online guided program overview and assessments; free of charge

Instructor-Led Workshop

Two days in classroom

Instructor-Led Online Workshop

Seven weeks of two-hour sessions; synchronous

On-Demand Course

Accessible for 12 months at learner’s own pace; asynchronous

     Study Groups Offered by different chapters. Download the current list here.


The program is designed to help learners:

  • Navigate through the CPLP process
  • Increase candidate readiness to take and pass the knowledge exam
  • Increase candidate readiness to take and pass the skills application exam (SAE)
  • Apply a focused and systematic approach to study preparation
  • Select from an array of resources to develop the required knowledge in each Area of Expertise

Please note that participants in all of the above Preparing for the CPLP programs will receive one login access to the ATD Learning System as part of their registration fee.

For questions about CPLP Preparation programs and the ATD Learning System please contact Diane Daly, Senior Project Manager, 703-683-8139 or

About CPLP

Approved CPLP recertification points language for marketing chapter programs

At present, ATD Certification Institute (CI) doesn't pre-approve recertification credits for any courses/activities nor do we pre-approve providers. Therefore, you would not be able to advertise or promote a certain number of CPLP recertification credits. However, we have drafted language that can be included in promotional/marketing materials. It is:

“CPLPs can earn recertification credits by participating in continuing education activities that meet the ATD Certification Institute Recertification Guidelines. Please review the CPLP Recertification Guidelines on the CPLP website for more information.”

CPLP Marketing Materials

CPLP Samples and Templates

CPLP Recertification

CPLP Recertification Program webpage featuring:

  • CPLP Recertification Application & Tracking Worksheet
  • CPLP Recertification Policies
  • CPLP Recertification Process

Chapter Excellence Awards (CEA)

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