APTD candidates are typically early career Talent Development (TD) professionals who want to formalize and recognize their role with a certification. Read more about the APTD eligibility requirements.
The CPLP is a broad-based certification offered by the ATD Certification Institute for talent development professionals. Read more about the CPLP eligibility requirements.
Compare eligibility requirements for the APTD and CPLP credentials.
|Eligibility||Minimum 3 years||Minimum 5 years|
|AOEs Covered||3 primary AOEs - ID, TD, LT (Also ELI and Global Mindset)||All 10 AOEs + 1 Foundational Competency|
|Type of Exam||Primarily Knowledge||Knowledge & Skills|
|Certification Process||1 Knowledge Exam||1 Knowledge Exam + 1 Skills Application Exam|
|Recertification||Every 3 years / 40 credits||Every 3 years / 60 credits|
|Test Out Option||May use qualifying ATD Masters to test-out of 1 area OR APTD to test out of 3 areas on Knowledge Exam||May use qualifying ATD Masters to test-out of 1 area OR APTD to test out of 3 areas on Knowledge Exam|
The CPLP and APTD Certification Handbooks are the technical guides for the CPLP and the APTD programs and provide individuals with everything they need to understand to complete the certification process. These are the primary sources for CPLP and APTD program support and are a must read for candidates. Candidates must follow all policies, procedures, and deadlines outlined in this Handbook. The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) reserves the right to change the standards, application, and requirements for certification and recertification and will do so as necessary; therefore, it is important that candidates refer to the Handbook on an ongoing basis to ensure they have access to the most current information. The most recent versions of the CPLP and APTD Certification Handbooks can be downloaded below.