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.
To achieve the CPTD credential, successful candidates suggest that you plan as follows:
80+ hours of study time for the exam,
Six to nine months for the process including studying and taking the exam.
Step 1: Assess Your Knowledge Level
Download and use this gap assessment tool to identify strengths and prioritize areas for growth.
Step 2: Develop a Study Plan
How do you typically tackle something that you need to learn? Do you like to focus on the areas that you know the least about? Do you prefer working in groups? Do you dive into information in a deep, thorough way? Consider your learning preferences when identifying your best study options.
Step 3: Evaluate Preparation Resources
CPTD Candidates use a variety of resources to prepare depending upon the way they study best.
CPTD Study Planning Guide: The CPTD Study Planning Guide provides additional information about creating a study plan and preparing for the exam. Take CPTD sample questions to get a feel for the type of questions asked on the exam.
ATD Certification Reading Reference List: This recommended reading list is designed to assist candidates in finding publications to aid in filling knowledge gap areas. Download the reading reference list.
Talent Development Body of Knowledge: The Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoK) is the definitive resource for TD professionals and as such a valuable resource for individuals preparing for the CPTD certification exam. If you enroll in a CPTD prep course, the TDBoK is included with the cost of the program.
CPTD Preparation Courses: The CPTD Preparation Course is a comprehensive on demand self-paced course you can access through a 12-month subscription. In addition to the preparation course you can choose to add on a two-day preparation workshop to take a deeper dive on the content you need the most. Note: you cannot enroll for the preparation workshop unless you have already enrolled in the on demand preparation course.
CPTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group: Join our CPTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group for tips and resources.
This on demand course helps a TD professional prepare for the CPTD exam with content review, test prep strategies, a full practice exam, and more. It includes access to an expert facilitator and the Talent Development Body of Knowledge.