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ATD Certification in 2020
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Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) - Through June 30

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.
Are you a current candidate scheduled to test in the next two months?
Watch your email for updates and information regarding testing through June 30.
If you have any questions please email certification@td.org.
CPLP and ATD Certification Is Changing in 2020
With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there will be changes to the CPLP program, including a name change to CPTD. The deadline to apply for the CPLP has passed. Explore the model to learn more about the new standard for talent development, see what is changing with ATD Certification overall, or browse the New CPTD pages if you would like to test after June 30.

CPLP Testing Requirements

To earn the CPLP credential, candidates must pass two (2) exams:

  • Knowledge Exam
  • Skills Application Exam (SAE)

Once a candidate has successfully passed the Knowledge Exam, they may register to take the Skills Application Exam (SAE). The Skills Application Exam (SAE) is focused on one (1) area of expertise to be chosen by the candidate from among these options:

  • Training Delivery
  • Instructional Design
  • Managing Learning Programs

CPLP candidates with an APTD certification or an eligible ATD Masters designation can opt-out of portions of the CPLP Knowledge Exam. Those with the APTD certification, will be eligible to opt-out of the Training Delivery, Instructional Design and Learning Technologies areas of expertise on the CPLP exam. Holders of the ATD Master Trainer or Master Instructional Designer designations will be able to opt-out of the area of expertise covered by their designation, either Training Delivery or Instructional Design.

The Knowledge Exam:

The Knowledge Exam covers all ten areas of expertise in the ATD competency model. Once a candidate has successfully passed the Knowledge Exam, they may register to take the Skills Application Exam.

  • Exam time: 3 hours
  • Exam length: 150 questions covering all 10 areas of expertise
  • Exam type: Multiple choice questions
  • Computer-based exam at conveniently located testing centers

Get study tips for the exam!

The Skills Application Exam (SAE):

The SAE tests your ability to apply concepts to real-world situations. During the SAE, four cases related to your selected area of expertise are provided. Candidates then answer questions about each scenario.

  • Exam time: 3 hours
  • Exam length: 100 questions about cases in one area of expertise
  • Exam type: Multiple choice, multiple select and short answer
  • Computer-based exam at conveniently located testing centers

Find out how to prepare!

How Much Does It Cost?

  • Exam fee: $900 (members) and $1250 (non-members)
  • Fee includes: The CPLP registration fee includes seats for both exams, exam score reports, and CPLP Certificate and lapel pin once the credential is achieved. Prep courses and materials are optional and not included in the exam fee.

When and Where Can I Take the Exam?

  • Exams can be taken at convenient testing centers around the world.
  • There are typically four testing windows throughout the year for both the Knowledge Exam and the Skills Application Exam.
  • The registration deadlines are approximately 30 days before each window begins.

Upcoming Test Windows for the CPLP Knowledge Exam


Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score

Notification

October 7, 2019

February 4, 2020

March 4-25, 2020

Instant

October 7, 2019

March 16, 2020

May 6-27, 2020

Instant

Upcoming Test Windows for CPLP Skills Application Exam


Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score

Notification

October 7, 2019

March 1, 2020

April 1-22, 2020

Late April plus 10 weeks

October 7, 2019

Contact ATD CI Staff

June 3-24, 2020

Late June plus 10 weeks

*March Knowledge Exam takers are automatically registered for the April SAE window. If you pass in March, you will be contacted to schedule an April exam appointment.

Click here for the test center closest to your address.

For any questions related to CPLP exams, please email certification@td.org.

Learn About the New CPTD
The application deadline has passed for the final testing window of the current CPLP exam.
Learn about the new CPTD certification based on the Talent Development Capabiltiy Model, changes to the exam, new eligibility requirements, and what your new preparation options are here.
CPLP Certification Handbook