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.

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; Refer to the CPTD Certification Handbook for samples
  • Computer-based exam at conveniently located testing centers worldwide

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 CPTD Application system (access will be available starting April 8). 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.
  • The registration deadlines are approximately 30 days before each testing window begins.
  • The testing windows for the second half of 2020 are listed below with their respective registration deadlines.

Upcoming Test Windows for the CPTD Exam

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window



April 8, 2020


August 5-26, 2020
Pilot Test

Late August plus 5 weeks
Due to Pilot

Summer 2020

September 7, 2020

October 7-28, 2020


Summer 2020

November 2, 2020

December 2-23, 2020


Click here for the test center closest to your address.

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

Interested in the CPTD Pilot?
Learn more about the pilot exam and check out our CPTD Pilot Package here. Fill out the form below to be alerted when registration is open.

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2020 CPTD Certification Handbook