There is no single, best way to prepare for the CPTD examination. Preparation methods and duration all depend on a candidate’s personal experiences and knowledge base. There is not a mandatory test preparation or study requirement for the CPTD program, nor a preferred preparation method. However, below are some basic steps that we recommend to all candidates, as well as resources to assist in your study plan. (Please note: Study materials are not included as part of your exam fee, other than the resources provided below. Additional study materials are optional and may incur a fee).
In post-exam surveys, candidates report that they have spent an average of 80–100 hours preparing for the exam and have allowed six to nine months for the process, including taking the exam.
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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: This free CPTD Study Planning Guide provides additional information about creating a study plan and preparing for the exam. Review theCPTD sample questions to get a feel for the type of questions asked on the exam.
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. (Please note, the cost of the preparation resources is not included in the exam registration fee.)
CPTD Practice Test: The CPTD Practice Test is great opportunity to get a feel for the final test-taking experience and build the confidence you need to be successful on your CPTD certification exam.
CPTD Preparation Courses: The CPTD Preparation Course is a comprehensive on demand self-paced course you can access through a 12-month subscription. (Please note, the cost of the preparation resources is not included in the exam registration fee.)
Bookmark the Active Candidates Page: The active candidates page to find the most recent versions of the Candidate Handbook and other important documents.
CPTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group: Join our CPTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group for tips and resources.
This course helps one prepare for the CPTD exam with content review, prep strategies, a full practice test, and more. It includes access to an expert facilitator and the TDBoK. Save 10% if you add it in checkout when paying the CPTD application fee.
One of the things that made all the difference for me to get the maximum benefit from the learning journey was my mindset. I embraced an open/growth mindset to learn, validate, and widen my set of skills and knowledge base as L&D professional.
Use flash cards.
The Talent Development Body of Knowledge has a feature that creates them.
I was fortunate to make friends with someone I’d never met before. We kept each other accountable, keeping up with the notifications and updates (being a new program, there were many) and quizzing each other on various things ahead of the exam.
Use your existing or recent projects.
Use your projects as cases and apply the concepts. Did you use best practices?
Immerse yourself in the content and in what it means to you and the profession. Recall how you best remember and acquire the knowledge and do that. It will take as many weeks as they tell you—then double that. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.