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Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.

Congratulations for deciding to embark on your journey to achieve the CPLP credential!

For New Applicants:

  • If you don't have an ATD login and password, please contact ATD Customer Care at 800.628.2783 for assistance
  • NOTE: If you will require special accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Wendy Luikart before beginning the application.

Complete the Application:

  • Go to the CPLP application system. If it is your first time in the application system, you may need to complete additional demographic fields and indicate that you are interested in the CPLP program.
  • To do this, select Supporting Requirements and then select Click to Respond, choose CPLP Credential and click Submit.

Supporting Requirements ATD Certification

  • Next choose Complete a Form

CPLP Complete a Form

  • Click Application

CPLP Complete a Form Application

  • After completing the application, click Complete a Form again

CPLP Complete a Form

  • Click Knowledge Test Application

CPLP Complete a Form Knowledge Test Application

Register for the Exams:

  • Select two testing windows for the Knowledge Exam and the Skills Application Exam (SAE). Consider your schedule before choosing your test windows because a $300 fee applies if you transfer to new testing windows once selected.
  • Select an Area of Expertise (AOE) for the Skills Application Exam from among Training Delivery, Instructional Design or Managing Learning Programs. Consider carefully as this cannot be changed once selected.

Enter Your Payment:

  • Credit Card: Input your information and a receipt will appear after your payment is processed. Please print and keep for your records.
  • Check: Click the appropriate box and an invoice will appear onscreen, including mailing instructions. Please print the invoice, send a copy with your payment and keep a copy for your records.

NOTE: Candidates must complete all steps of the application process. Knowledge test forms that are incomplete or unpaid will be purged and rendered inactive from the database after 30 days.

For Returning Candidates:

  • Enter the system and enter your ATD Member/Candidate ID # and password.
  • The Submit/Accept button simply allows you to proceed. You will be able to make corrections or updates during the next step in the process.
  • If this is your first time logging in—since you applied or recertified—you will need to Verify as a First Time User.
  • Scroll down to the Verify section.
  • Click Submit/Accept to modify your personal information.
  • Click on the My Summary link on the left navigation menu and then the Update button (upper right corner).

Changing Test Windows: To transfer exam windows please contact our Certification Specialist at who will research your candidate status and process your payment and registration fee if eligible to transfer. It is not possible to transfer test windows online.

Retesting: If you need to retest for either exam contact our Certification Specialist at who will research your candidate status and process your payment and registration fee if eligible to retest. Confirmation emails will be sent when the process is complete.

Need assistance? Contact or contact a Certification Specialist at 703-838-5842 for assistance with your questions.

Ready to Take the Next Step?
Increase confidence, validate knowledge, and advance your career. Apply and register for the CPLP today!