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.

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 and take the practice CPTD exam (available by April 1) 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.

  • 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: CPTD Prep courses will first be offered as a self-paced on demand course. (Available March 16)
  • CPTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group: Join our CPTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group for tips and resources.

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Need More Information on the Program?

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

2020 CPTD Certification Handbook