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Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.

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

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

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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.

How Do I Register for the Exam?

  • To register for the exam go to the CPLP application system.
  • If this is your first time in the application system, you may need to complete additional fields and identify as a CPLP candidate.

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 45 days before each testing window begins. The current testing windows are:

2018 Remaining Test Windows for CPLP Knowledge Exam

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score
Notification

01/01/18

07/20/18

09/05/18-09/25/18

instant

01/01/18

11/09/18

12/04/18-12/20/18

instant


2018 Remaining Test Windows for CPLP Skills Application Exam

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score
Notification

01/01/18

06/22/18

08/08/18-08/28/18

08/28/18+ up to 10 weeks

01/01/18

09/21/18

11/07/18-11/27/18

11/27/18+ up to 10 weeks

*All ADA applications must be received 10 weeks before your selected testing window.

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