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Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.
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What to Expect from the CPTD Exam

What is the Full Exam Format?

  • Exam time: 3 hours
  • Exam format: a mix of multiple choice questions and case management questions will be used
  • Computer-based exam at conveniently located testing centers worldwide OR in a secure location of your choosing, via remote proctoring (learn more about this new testing option)

What is Covered on the Exam?

Download the CPTD exam's content outline for a guide to what is covered.

The CPTD focuses on a subset of capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model and covers all three domains:

  • Personal Capabilities - 20%
  • Professional Capabilities -45%
  • Organizational Capabilities - 35%

How Much Does it Cost?

  • Exam fee: $900 (members) and $1250 (non-members)
  • The exam fee covers a testing seat for the CPTD exam, exam score report, and a CPTD 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 ATD certification portal. If it is your first time in the application system, you may need to complete additional fields and indicate that you are interested in the CPTD program.
  • If you require accommodations, please submit an ADA application 10 weeks before your selected testing window so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

When and Where Can I Take the Exam?

  • Exams can be taken at testing centers around the world or in a secure location via remote proctoring.
  • The registration deadlines are approximately 30 days before each testing window begins.
  • The testing windows for the the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 are listed below with their respective registration deadlines.

Upcoming Test Windows for the CPTD Exam

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Black Out Period




Registration is closed for the pilot exam.

August 5-September 30, 2020
Pilot Test


Late September plus 5 weeks
Due to Pilot

Open Now

October 17, 2020

November 18-December 23, 2020



Open Now

November 1, 2020

December 2, 2020-Februay 24, 2021

December 24, 2020-February 2, 2021


Open Now

January 2, 2021

February 3-April 28, 2021

February 25-April 6, 2021


Open Now

March 6, 2021

April 7-June 23, 2021

April 29-June 1, 2021


February 2, 2021

May 1, 2021

June 2-August 25, 2021

June 24-August 3, 2021


April 4, 2021

July 2, 2021

August 4-October 27, 2021

August 26-October 5, 2021


June 6, 2021

September 5, 2021

October 6-December 22, 2021

October 28-November 30, 2021


Click here for the test center closest to your address.

For any questions related to CPTD exam, please email [email protected] or call a Certification Specialist at 703-838-5842.

NEW! Remote Proctor Option
Starting in late June, applicants for the new APTD and CPTD exams will be able to schedule a remotely proctored exam or choose to go to an in-person testing facility.
2020 CPTD Certification Handbook
CPLP is now CPTD: ATD Certification Is Changing
With the release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there have been changes to the CPTD (formerly CPLP) certification program. 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 (legacy) CPLP pages if you were originally scheduled to test before June 30, 2020.