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Do I Meet The Requirements?

With the right qualifications, you can start your APTD or CPLP journey today!

Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

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.

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

The CPLP is a broad-based certification offered by the ATD Certification Institute for talent development professionals. Read more about the CPLP eligibility requirements.

Requirements At a Glance

Compare eligibility requirements for the APTD and CPLP credentials.


  APTD  CPLP
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 

For more information or specific questions regarding eligibility for the CPLP or APTD programs, please email certification@td.org.