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Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.

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 rest 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 Closed

July 2, 2021

August 4-October 27, 2021

August 26-October 5, 2021


Registration Closed

September 5, 2021

October 6-December 22, 2021

October 28-November 30, 2021


Open Now

November 1, 2021

Dec. 1, 2021- Feb. 28, 2022

Dec. 23, 2021- Jan. 31, 2022


Opens Late Summer 2021

January 2, 2022

February 1 - April 29, 2022

March 1 - 30, 2022


Opens Late Summer 2021

March 1, 2022

April 1 - June 30, 2022

May 1 - 31, 2022


Opens Late Summer 2021

May 1, 2022

June 1 - August 31, 2022

July 1 - 31, 2022


Opens Late Fall 2021

July 1, 2022

August 1 - October 31, 2022

September 1 - October 2, 2022


Opens Late Fall 2021

September 2, 2022

October 3 - December 21, 2022

November 1 - 30, 2022


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
Applicants for the new APTD and CPTD exams are now able to schedule a remotely proctored exam or choose to go to an in-person testing facility.
2021 CPTD Certification Handbook
CPLP is now CPTD: ATD Certification Has Changed
With the 2020 release of ATD's 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, and learn more about the changes to ATD CI certification programs.