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Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.


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.

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

Discover Your Greatness
Increase confidence, validate knowledge, and advance your career. The registration deadline for the CPLP Skills Application exam is September 25!
These people have earned their CPLP Credentials and have these great things to say about it!
“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...
“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,...
"Earning the CPLP certification has been life changing because it validates what I know and do for a living. Increasingly professional certifications set...
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. 

Based on the ATD Competency Model, the credential provides talent development professionals the ability to prove their worth to employers and to be confident in their knowledge of the field.

The true value of becoming a CPLP was confirming that I am knowledgeable about the science and art of talent development and capable of thinking beyond a training delivery model.

CPLP Certification Handbook
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