ATD Certification in 2020
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Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.
CPLP is now CPTD: ATD Certification Is Changing
With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there will be changes to the APTD and CPLP (now CPTD) exams. Explore the model to learn more about the new standard for talent development, see what is changing with ATD Certification overall, or go to the (current) CPLP pages if you are ready to test before June 30, 2020.

Congratulations for deciding to embark on your journey to achieve the CPTD credential! Applications will open on April 8.


If you don't have an ATD login and password, please create a login at In the upper right corner you will see “Sign In/Register” or call ATD Customer Care at 800.628.2783 for assistance.

NOTE: If you will require special accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Wendy Luikart at before beginning the application.

Complete the Application:

  • Click the link for the CPTD application system (available starting April 8). Additional directions for completing the application will be available here at that time.

Changing Test Windows or Retesting: If you are a candidate with a current application on file with ATD CI, you were sent a personalized email on January 30 with information on how to switch to the new exam content. Action is required by March 15. If you did not receive the email, please contact

Need assistance? Contact or contact a Certification Specialist at 703-838-5842 for assistance with your questions.

For detailed information on the CPTD certification process, please download the CPTD Handbook from below.

2020 CPTD Certification Handbook
Ready to Take the Next Step?
Increase confidence, validate knowledge, and advance your career. Apply and register for the CPTD! Registrations will open on April 8, 2020.