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CPLP


To be eligible for the CPLP program, candidates must have at least:

  • Five years of full-time professional work experience in the talent development field OR
  • Four years of full-time work experience in talent development PLUS one year of college study in a talent development related field OR
  • Four years of full-time work experience in talent development PLUS a passing score in one of the ATD Masters series programs.

APTD


To be eligible for the APTD program, candidates must have at least:

  • Three years of work experience in talent development or related discipline such as human resources OR
  • Two years of work experience in talent development or similar field PLUS one year of college study in talent development or related field OR
  • Two years of work in the talent development or related field PLUS successful completion of the ATD Master Instructional Designer or the ATD Master Trainer program.

You may apply to take the exam for either credential by registering here.

If you want to be sure that you meet eligibility requirements for the CPLP, you may download the form below and return it to Virginia Sawall at vsawall@td.org.

CPLP Eligibility Form

Program Guidelines

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.