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ATD Certification

Elevating the talent development profession.
The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) is an independent organization created by ATD to take the lead and set industry standards for the talent development profession. We offer two credentials based on the ATD Competency Model.
Becoming certified can build your skills, increase your earning potential, broaden your career opportunities, and unite you with an elite community of professionals. Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market!
The ATD Competency Model defines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It is the cornerstone of ATD content and the basis for our credentials.
Explore Our Talent Development Certifications
Which one is right for you?
Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)
Discover our newest certification, the APTD, designed for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise.
  • The competencies included in the APTD are the basics of talent development that professionals can use every day, no matter the level within an organization or company.
  • Are you ready for the APTD exam? Ensure success with these study tools and prep courses.
  • Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. Register for the APTD exam and validate your knowledge and skills in the field.
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)
You are taking a critical step in your professional development by exploring your CPLP certification. Successful CPLPs report that the process of getting their CPLP designation was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowing them to learn, give back to the profession, and make a positive impact on their careers.
  • The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) is broad based and measures a talent development professionals’ competency in 10 areas of expertise (AOEs).
  • Ready to start your journey? Boost your confidence and knowledge with prep courses and study tools.
  • Becoming certified can build your skills, increase your earning potential, broaden your career opportunities, and unite you with an elite community of professionals.
Hector Escalante
"Preparing for and passing the CPLP test was one of the most challenging learning experiences I’ve encountered since my university graduate work. However, taking the instructor-led online course gave me the confidence and strategy to accomplish a major goal in my learning and development career. I’m extremely grateful for the course and the instructor’s wisdom and guidance. I would recommend these series of courses to anyone who is serious about becoming CPLP certified."
Jane Loda
"This program provides effective application across multiple industries, and keeps the material very relevant to current business issues participants are facing in the workplace. There was very rich discussion in class, as well as the completion of several realistic scenarios, which will enable us to hit the ground running back at work. I can rely on ATD to present material that is very well constructed, timely, content-rich, and relevant to the challenges workplace learning professionals face every day."
Christine Essary
"I would recommend that anyone preparing for the CPLP take the online seven-week course. I was not convinced that my learning style would receive the two-day crash course well. I am super glad I took the facilitated course!"
Angie Wolthuis
"ATD has a reputation for providing cutting-edge, high-quality programs that are relevant for today's learning professional."
Randi Puckett
"I have taken classes from ATD before and really enjoy the atmosphere they create, the superb trainers they choose, and their well thought-out delivery format. ATD caters to all different learning types and ensures the information isn't just presented, but that it is truly comprehended and able to be applied on the job."
Elmer Castro
"ATD keeps at the forefront of the latest research and best practices, and translates those findings into tangible learning for career development."
Looking for More Options?
Explore additional opportunities for professional development and certification.
From ongoing education to more achievement focused mastery, ATD offers a depth and breadth of professional development offerings. Contact a professional development specialist to discuss your options: 855-849-2783 (US) and 703-372-9211 (international).
The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) aims to provide world-class credentials for talent development professionals. Validate your knowledge and skills in the talent development profession with an ATD CI certification.
Connect with us to get professional development road maps for your training departments. We identify skill gaps and recommend the best course of action to fill those gaps. Start your team on the path to certification!
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