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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.
The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) is broad based and measures a talent development professionals’ competency in 10 areas of expertise (AOEs) with a focus on global mindset as defined by the latest ATD Competency Model.
Successful CPLPs report that the process of studying for and getting their CPLP designation was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowed them to both learn and give back to the profession, and made a positive impact on their careers.
Areas of Expertise (AOEs)
What Topics are Covered?
The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential covers ten areas of expertise included in the ATD competency model: Training Delivery, Instructional Design, Learning Technologies, Evaluating Learning Impact, Managing Learning Programs, Integrated Talent Management, Coaching, Knowledge Management, Change Management and Performance Improvement.
ATD Competency Model
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) candidates are tested on all ten (10) areas of expertise. Familiarize yourself with the ATD Competency Model.
Who is It For?
All CPLP candidates must:
Have at least five years of related work experience and should have deep knowledge and experience applying the principles for enhancing employee learning and performance.
Be able to apply talent development principles and practices globally, across cultures and borders, as defined by the Foundational Competency: Global Mindset in the ATD Competency Model.
For more information about the CPLP credential, please download the Certification Handbook at the bottom of this page or email us at CPLPcertification@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.
“I wanted a certification that was widely recognized in the industry not only for the accreditation, but also for the learning experience. The CPLP was the only certification that consistently stood out to me as the gold standard in my field.”
“Becoming a CPLP is the highest level of professional validation you can attain, in my opinion. There’s a reason why there are not too many CPLPs worldwide, and that’s because it takes dedication and sacrifice to earn it. Achieving CPLP status is only the beginning to a better you, better opportunities, and working at the next level."
"Earning the CPLP certification has been life changing because it validates what I know and do for a living. Increasingly professional certifications set people apart, and this is one definitely worth having."
Is This Certification Right For Me?
Get inspired! Read the latest insights from CPLP credential holders.
While my undergraduate and master’s degrees have been great credentials, I began to realize that earning the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification would help me distinguish myself even more.