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Certification Institute

Elevating the talent development profession
Getting Started with Certification
The ATD Certification Institute offers two credentials based on the ATD Competency Model. Validate your knowledge and skills in the talent development profession with an ATD CI certification.
Who We Are
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.
Why Should I Get Certified?
Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.
  • Becoming certified can build your skills, increase your earning potential, broaden your career opportunities, and unite you with an elite community of professionals.
How Do I Prepare?
The best choice for you will depend on your personal career goals and objectives, the needs of your employer, and, in some professions, industry requirements.
  • Have questions? Please read some of our frequently asked questions.
Do I Meet the Requirements?
I am considering a certification, but am not sure if I have the qualifications.
  • Learn more about APTD and CPLP eligibility requirements.
Preparation Tools
What is the best study preparation method for you?
  • We provide candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios.
I’m Ready to Test!
ATD CI partners with a third-party test provider to deliver the exams. The test provider offers authorized testing centers in most major cities in the United States and Canada as well as in many international locations.
Stay Certified, Stay Informed
Join the community, join the fun!
  • Learn about our registry, volunteer opportunities, and how to maintain your credential status.
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."
ATD Enterprise Solutions for Organizations
Connect with us to get professional development road maps for your training departments. We identify skill gaps and recommend the best course of action to fill those gaps, on-site training, membership, and resource centers—just to name a few.