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Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.
CPTD Pilot Package Deadline Extended to June 29
Register today for the pilot and get a package of bonus materials to help you assess and prepare for the CPTD.
Offer ends June 22 June 29!
CPLP is now CPTD: ATD Certification Is Changing
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.

How to Prepare for the CPTD Exam

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.

Want to see how other CPTD applicants are preparing?

Follow along as two applicants share their journeys to becoming CPTDs: Craig Engstrom | Brandi Maynard.

CPTD Preparation Resources
Are you prepared for the CPTD exam? Ensure success with these study tools.

The Talent Development Body of Knowledge is the definitive resource for the TD profession and as such, an essential tool to aid in studying for the CPTD certification.

On Demand Course

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.

Add on a live workshop to your on demand preparation course to take a deeper dive in the content you need most.

Get advice to help you determine which type of preparation is best for you.
Send questions or request a conversation by emailing [email protected]

Need More Information on the Program?

For more information on program specifics please download the CPTD Certification Handbook below.

2020 CPTD Certification Handbook
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Registration for the CPTD pilot exam is now open.