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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 haven't already, please download the CPLP Handbook below.
  • Acquire an ATD Member/Candidate ID # and password. 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 Diane Daly BEFORE beginning the application to obtain the required form and policy documents.

Complete the Application:

  • Enter the application system and input your ATD Member/Candidate ID # and password.
  • Click 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 call Virginia Sawall at 703.838.5842. She 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 call Virginia Sawall at 703.838.5842. She 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 Virginia Sawall or contact ATD Customer Care at 800.628.2783 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!
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