The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) is a credential for training and development practitioners offered by ATD Certification Institute. It is a broad-based certification and addresses ten areas of expertise as defined by the ATD Competency Model.
To be eligible for the CPLP program, candidates must have at least:
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To become a CPLP, candidates must:
Have at least five (5) years of industry related experience, pass a knowledge exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions, and pass a Skills Application Exam (SAE) which is a computer-based exam consisting of four case studies and 100 questions in one of the following AOEs: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, or Managing Learning Programs.
For more information on the exam format, click here.
Study times vary by individual. Most candidates spend a minimum of 80 hours to prepare for the knowledge exam and an additional 40+ hours studying for the Skills Application Exam.
There is no prerequisite study/preparation requirement for the CPLP program; however, most candidates will need to study to successfully pass the exam. Depending on your learning style and preference, there are a variety of study/preparation options available:
For more detailed information on CPLP Preparation options, click here.
There is a slight variance in passing rates from window to window, however, pass rates have averaged about 72% for the Knowledge Exam and 70% for the Skills Application Exam.
There are generally five testing windows per year for the CPLP exams. For the most recent list of testing windows, click here.
The cost is $900 USD for current ATD national members and $1250 USD for nonmembers. The CPLP registration fee includes testing seats for both exams during the registered testing windows, exam score reports, and CPLP Certificate and lapel pin once the credential is achieved.
Please note that study materials, preparation workshops, study group support, travel expenses to and from testing centers, transfers, and retesting fees are additional and paid by the candidate.
The CPLP credential is valid for three years. Individuals must maintain their certification by earning recertification points every three years. For more information about the CPLP recertification process, click here.
As of February 2018, more than 2,500 CPLP credentials have been awarded.
When you apply to take the CPLP exam, you will create an account in our certification application system and asked a series of questions about your background to ensure eligibility. Once your application is approved, you will be able to register to take the exam.
For more information about applying for the CPLP program, click here.
For specific questions about the CPLP program, email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
The passing score for the Knowledge Exam (KE) is 65% across all AOEs.
The passing score for the Skills Application Exam (SAE): candidates are required to answer 65-70% of non-experimental items correctly to pass the exam.
For more information about how passing scores are calculated, download the CPLP Certification Handbook or email email@example.com for an answer to your specific question.
Candidates must have three years of on-the-job experience in talent development or a related field/discipline or the equivalent. If a candidate has successfully completed ATD’s Master Instructional Designer or Master Trainer program, the eligibility requirement is two years of on-the-job experience.
The APTD focuses primarily on three AOEs from the ATD Competency Model. The AOEs are Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Learning Technologies. Evaluating Learning Impact and the foundational competency of Global Mindset are also included throughout the exam. These competencies were identified by research as core building blocks for talent development professionals and are part of the ATD Competency Model.
The exam includes questions in the three main AOE's in the following proportions:
Evaluating Learning Impact and Global Mindset questions will also be tested, but there is no separate score for these two areas.
To be eligible for the APTD program, all candidates must have at least:
In all cases, at least 50% of work time should be related to instructional design, training delivery, or learning technologies.
The APTD exam costs $400 for ATD members and $600 for nonmembers. This covers the cost of a seat in the exam testing center, a score report and a certificate upon achievement of the credential.
Your APTD exam registration fee covers the cost of all testing and test related materials for a one time sitting. Fees do not cover the cost of study or preparation materials, study group support, travel expenses to and from the testing center, transfers, or retesting fees.
There is not a prerequisite study/preparation requirement for the APTD program; however, most candidates find it necessary to do so. You are not required to register for the APTD before purchasing any of the preparation options. Depending on your learning style and preference, there are a variety of study/preparation options available. Here are just a few suggestions:
There are typically five testing windows scheduled each year for the APTD in February, April, June, August and November. Click here for the current APTD testing schedule.
Registration deadlines are approximately 30 days before each testing window begins. Click here for the current APTD testing schedule and registration deadlines.
The full APTD exam includes 115 multiple choice items and candidates will have two hours to complete the exam.
Candidates who have successfully obtained the ATD Masters in Training Delivery or Instructional Design, will test out of ID or TD will take modified versions of the exam. The modified exam will be 72 multiple choice items and will not include the test-out content. Candidates will have 90 minutes to complete their exam.
The APTD credential is good for 3 years. Credential holders need to recertify every three years by earning 40 recertification credits. Click here for more information on APTD recertification requirements.
The APTD Recertification Fee is $150, payable every three years with the APTD Recertification Application.
Yes, click here for the list of testing centers.
We have plans to translate the exam into Chinese in 2018
No. The APTD certification tests a portion of what is included in the CPLP. Current CPLP holders have already exhibited their mastery of this content.
If your years of experience in the talent development field fall short of the CPLP’s required five years, then you may want to consider the APTD. Even if you have more than five years of experience, if your professional work has been concentrated in just a few areas of expertise, the more-focused APTD may better suit your needs.
Those who have successfully completed a Masters series certificate (or two) through may want to show mastery of the core competencies of talent development and can do that by earning the APTD. Earning a Masters series credential through ATD will also give people with only two years’ experience in the field a leg up if they want to earn the APTD, because the Masters certificate would replace one year of eligibility. The APTD exam eligibility requires three years of experience.
In addition, due to the strength and rigor of the ATD Masters series, candidates who have successfully completed an ATD Master Instructional Designer or Master Trainer will be able to elect to test-out of that portion of the exam. Only one portion of the exam may be deemed exempt and candidates having both ATD Master Instructional Designer and Master Trainer designations will need to choose which section they wish to test-out. The cost of the exam will remain the same for full-test candidates and test-out candidates and the resulting certification will be equal.