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ATD Certification in 2020

See What's Changing With the APTD and CPLP Programs, Exams, and More
With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model both the APTD and CPLP exams are changing, starting July 2020. Learn more about the changes below or watch our webcast replay where we discussed the changes, what drove them, and what that means for TD professionals pursuing a certification. Have questions? Check our FAQs.

Note: If you are an active in-process candidate for either certification you should have received an email on January 30 from Wendy Luikart detailing your options. If you cannot find that email please contact us at certification@td.org.

Starting April 1, the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) will be the Certified Professional in Talent Development.

Both exams will now be grounded in the new Capability Model, covering new content that reflects the broader role of a TD professional. Explore the new Capability Model and visit the sites for the new APTD and CPTD to learn more.

Both certification exams will will now have set professional development hours as part of the eligibility requirements. Download this overview of the eligibility requirements and explore the sites for the new APTD and CPTD for more information.

Explore Our Talent Development Certifications
When are you looking to become certified as an APTD or CPLP (changing to CPTD)?
I Want to Test Before June 30
If you are ready to pursue your ATD certification under the 2014 Competency Model and can test before June 30, 2020, find more information here on exam content, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and directions for applying.
  • Learn more about the competency model launched in 2014 which provides the base for certifications achieved through June 2020.
  • Explore the current APTD. Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
  • Explore the CPLP. Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
I Want to Test After June 30 on the New Capability Model
If you are looking to pursue your ATD certification in July or later, with content based on the new Talent Development Capability Model, find find more information here on exam content, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and directions for applying.
  • Updated in late 2019 this model provides the base for certifications achieved after June 2020.
  • Explore the new APTD. Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
  • Explore the CPTD (formerly CPLP). Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
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    January 30
    Change Announcement
    Announcement of changes to ATD certification programs, including a webcast. Review changes to exam content, eligibility requirements, and more through the webcast or this blog.
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    February 14
    Launch of Certification Prep Resources part I
    Launch of the Talent Development Body of Knowledge (replacing the ATD Learning System) and the updated APTD On Demand Prep Course.
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    March 16
    Last Day to Register for Current Exams
    The deadline for registering for the last testing windows of both the current APTD and CPLP. If you feel prepared to test for either exam under the current content, mark this date on your calendar!
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    March 16
    Launch of Certification Prep Resources part II
    Launch of the CPTD On Demand Prep Course.
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    April 1
    Applications Open for New Exams
    The application portal will open for the new APTD and CPTD exams. There are 3 testing windows for each exam in the second half of 2020. See all testing dates for the new APTD and CPTD on their respective sites.
  • CPLP Digital Badge
    May 6-27
    Final Testing Window for CPLP Knowledge Exam
    May 6-27 is the final testing window for the CPLP Knowledge Exam, the first of two required exams as part of the current CPLP exam process. You must register by March 16 for this testing window.
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    June 3-24
    Final Testing Window for Current APTD and CPLP Skills Application Exams
    June 3-24 is the final testing window for the current APTD exam. You must register by March 16 to take the APTD during this window. It is also the final testing window for the CPLP Skills Application Exam, the second of two required exams as part of the current CPLP exam process. You must pass the CPLP Knowledge Exam to register for the Skills Application Exam.
  • APTD Digital Badge
    July 6-30
    First Testing Window for the New APTD Exam
    The first testing window for the new APTD exam is July 6-30. You must register by June 6 for this testing window.
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    August 5-26
    Pilot Testing Window for the New CPTD Exam
    The first testing window for the new CPTD exam is August 5-26. If you would like to stay updated on what incentives will be offered to participate in this pilot exam please fill out the form on the CPTD exam page.
Hector Escalante
"Preparing for and passing the CPLP test was one of the most challenging learning experiences I’ve encountered since my university graduate work. However, taking the instructor-led online course gave me the confidence and strategy to accomplish a major goal in my learning and development career. I’m extremely grateful for the course and the instructor’s wisdom and guidance. I would recommend these series of courses to anyone who is serious about becoming CPLP certified."
Jane Loda
"This program provides effective application across multiple industries, and keeps the material very relevant to current business issues participants are facing in the workplace. There was very rich discussion in class, as well as the completion of several realistic scenarios, which will enable us to hit the ground running back at work. I can rely on ATD to present material that is very well constructed, timely, content-rich, and relevant to the challenges workplace learning professionals face every day."
Christine Essary
"I would recommend that anyone preparing for the CPLP take the online seven-week course. I was not convinced that my learning style would receive the two-day crash course well. I am super glad I took the facilitated course!"
Angie Wolthuis
""ATD has a reputation for providing cutting-edge, high-quality programs that are relevant for today's learning professional.""
Randi Puckett
"I have taken classes from ATD before and really enjoy the atmosphere they create, the superb trainers they choose, and their well thought-out delivery format. ATD caters to all different learning types and ensures the information isn't just presented, but that it is truly comprehended and able to be applied on the job."
Elmer Castro
"ATD keeps at the forefront of the latest research and best practices, and translates those findings into tangible learning for career development."

The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) is an independent organization created by ATD to take the lead and set industry standards for the talent development profession. We offer two credentials based on the ATD Competency Model.

Becoming certified can build your skills, increase your earning potential, broaden your career opportunities, and unite you with an elite community of professionals. Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market!

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