The Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.
Successful CPTDs report that the process of studying for and getting their CPTD designation was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowed them to both learn and give back to the profession, and made a positive impact on their careers.
What Topics are Covered?
The CPTD covers a subset of the knowledge and skills from the Talent Development Capability Model, focusing on skills application and decision-making for more experienced professionals.
Talent Development Capability Model
Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) candidates are tested on content covering 22 capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model. Familiarize yourself with the model and download this detailed test content outline to see what is covered on the exam.
Who is It For?
All CPTD candidates must have at least five years of related work experience and should have deep knowledge and experience applying the principles for enhancing employee talent development. A CPTD understands and can affect the value and impact talent development strategies and solutions bring to the success of an organization.
Need to Convince Your Boss?
Download and use this letter template to have a discussion with your employer about the value of the CPTD.
For more information about the CPTD credential, please download the Certification Handbook at the bottom of this page or email us at [email protected].
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“I wanted a certification that was widely recognized in the industry not only for the accreditation, but also for the learning experience. The [CPTD] was the only certification that consistently stood out to me as the gold standard in my field.”
“Becoming a [CPTD] is the highest level of professional validation you can attain, in my opinion. There’s a reason why there are not too many [CPTDs] worldwide, and that’s because it takes dedication and sacrifice to earn it. Achieving [CPTD] status is only the beginning to a better you, better opportunities, and working at the next level."
"Earning the [CPTD] certification has been life changing because it validates what I know and do for a living. Increasingly professional certifications set people apart, and this is one definitely worth having."
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.
While my undergraduate and master’s degrees have been great credentials, I began to realize that earning the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification would help me distinguish myself even more.