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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. If you are still undecided between the APTD and CPTD, check out this resource comparing the content outlines.

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: $975 (members) and $1350 (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.

Upcoming Test Windows for the CPTD Exam

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Testing Prohibited

Opens 12 months in advance

30 prior to start of window

February 1 - April 30


Opens 12 months in advance

30 prior to start of window

April 1 - June 30


Opens 12 months in advance

30 prior to start of window

June 1 - August 31


Opens 12 months in advance

30 prior to start of window

August 1 - October 31


Opens 12 months in advance

30 prior to start of window

October 1 - December 31


Opens 12 months in advance

30 prior to start of window

December 1 - February 28


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

Case Management Questions
Need help understanding the case management question type? Watch the below videos to better understand this type of question on the CPTD exam and walk through the process of answering one sample question.
A Conversation About the Case Management Questions
Walking Through a Case Management Question
Test How Best Works for You
Applicants for the APTD and CPTD exams are able to schedule a remotely proctored exam or choose to go to an in-person testing facility.
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.