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CPTD Certification Preparation Course

The complete CPTD® exam prep program, personalized and adapted to prepare you best.

Accelerate your readiness for the Certified Professional in Talent Development Certification Exam and earn the credential that proves your capability. Get immediate access to customizable resources including content modules, adaptive self-assessments, facilitated live online sessions, discussion boards, and study support tools including a timed practice test and full access to the Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoK™), included in the registration fee. The course is available on demand for 12 months from your registration date.

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On Demand
Credits: CEU 2.8 MORE
Level: Advanced
Role(s): Instructional Designer More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Learning Sciences More

Pricing

$1,695
Member
$1,895
Non-member
Course Info

Prepare with a comprehensive learning experience that will help you focus on the areas you need to prove your ability and earn the CPTD—the certification for professionals with at least five years of experience and who understand and can affect impactful talent development solutions that drive organizational success.

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Prepare with a comprehensive learning experience that will help you focus on the areas you need to prove your ability and earn the CPTD—the certification for professionals with at least five years of experience and who understand and can affect impactful talent development solutions that drive organizational success.

A facilitator-led yet flexible and self-paced approach gives you access to the content and resources immediately upon enrolling and for 12 months after to ensure you can prepare right up to your exam date. The course uses an adaptive, assessment-based approach to allow you to customize your learning. With a robust set of microlearning resources tailored for busy professionals, an expert facilitator, and a community of candidates, you will be guided through an end-to-end study path so you leave the course feeling confident to take the exam. The CPTD exam is administered by the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI). Eligibility requirements must be met in order to take the exam and the cost of the exam fee is not included with this preparation course.

The course goes beyond presenting the content from the Talent Development Capability Model to preparing you to prove your mastery of applying the knowledge and skills on the exam. Through the development of short-term and long-term goals and action items tied to exam preparation strategies, you’ll create an individualized study plan that identifies what you need to focus on to achieve your goal of becoming certified. You will also have access to a full-length practice test, allowing you to fully explore the types of questions you’ll encounter on exam day. Course features include:

 Content Review: Use your personalized study plan to go as in-depth as needed on targeted learning assets, each designed to cover a key area within the Talent Development Capability Model, allowing you to move through the course at your own pace.

Expert-Led Discussions and Feedback: Participate in discussion boards, post questions, and connect with a community of your peers to share knowledge and experience. Leverage the knowledge of the facilitator and participants to prepare for the credentialing experience.

Exam Preparation Strategies: Get access to valuable study tips, guidance on setting goals and planning your study methods for maximum effectiveness, and approaches for optimizing your exam day experience.

Adaptive Self-Assessments: Complete confidence checks to assess your readiness on the content and customize your experience with pre- and post-assessments that allow you to focus your time and energy where it will make the most impact.

Interactive Scenario-Based Activities: Ensure your mastery of the concepts, theories, and models tested on the exam through a variety of interactive and reflective exercises.

Learning Resources. Explore a range of engaging templates and tools, videos, podcasts, infographics, checklists, and full access to the Talent Development Body of Knowledge—a comprehensive e-publication that is included in your registration fee.

Complete Practice Test: Practice the test-taking experience with a full-length timed practice test, taken in the same platform used for the CPTD Certification Exam, and build the confidence needed to be successful.

Live Online Sessions. Take a deeper dive into select capabilities when you participate in these facilitated sessions. Focus on how concepts are applied in a real-world, practical way. Read Less

What You Will Learn
  • Core content from the Talent Development Body of Knowledge that aligns to the exam specifications.
  • Application of the content through stories and lessons learned from expert credential holders.
  • Approaches for studying and preparing for the CPTD Certification Exam.
  • How to apply test-taking strategies covered in the course on the practice test to build your confidence.

Learn more about the CPTD

The Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.

Access the Talent Development Capability Model

The CPTD is grounded in the Talent Development Capability Model. Explore the knowledge and skills that will empower the growth and development of talent development professionals.

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CPTD Certification Preparation Course Brochure

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Who Should Attend

This preparation course is ideal if you:

  • Have decided that a professional certification aligns to your career goals
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for the CPTD Certification:
    • Have at least five years of work experience in talent development AND 60 hours of professional development within the last five years OR
    • Have at least four years of work experience in talent development AND have earned the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) certification and are in good standing. For eligibility details visit td.org/certification/cptd/eligibility.
  • Have earned an ATD Master Program designation and would like to focus on gaining more in-depth knowledge of other capability areas in talent development. Any ATD Master Program completed in the last five years will count toward the full professional development requirement.
Level: Advanced
Roles: Instructional Designer, Talent Development Manager, Trainer/Facilitator
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Koren Castleman
Koren Castleman, CPTD
Manager of L&D

"Achieving the [CPTD] was an exceptional development experience. Professionally, I increased my ability to create comprehensive and impactful learning and performance management solutions. Personally, I learned how to be resilient and persevere after falling short the first time. I also gained clarity in the next step in my career path and feel confident and well-equipped to pursue my dreams!"

Adam Zern
Adam Zern, CPTD

“Achieving my [CPTD] credential made me a much more confident, as well as knowledgeable, learning professional. Having a solid foundation in each area of expertise has equipped me to address any challenge or project in my learning and performance career.”

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Ryan Panzer, CPTD
Manager, Instructional Content and Design

“I chose the [CPTD] because I wanted to efficiently integrate training with performance improvement. Becoming a [CPTD] has helped me to think holistically about talent development and to be more creative about designing solutions to business challenges.”

Facilitators
Dana Vogelmeier, CPTD
Emmy Monticelli, CPTD
Seema Menon, CPTD
Ahmed Shaarawy, CPTD
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not sure if the CPTD certification is right for me. Are there resources that will help me decide?
Yes, please visit the CPTD certification website for resources to assess your readiness.

You may also contact the certification institute team with any questions at [email protected]
What will I get from a preparation course that I won’t get from studying on my own?
The preparation course is designed to be a comprehensive learning experience that will give you the confidence you need to take the exam. You will receive:
  • Customized learning that will allow you to dive into the content you most need to learn so you won’t waste time studying what you already know.
  • Core content from the Talent Development Body of Knowledge ™ that aligns to the exam content outline.
  • Application of the content through stories from expert credential holders.
  • Approaches for studying and preparing for the CPTD Certification Exam.
  • Full-length timed practice test that allows you to assess your readiness in real-time with instant feedback, including answer rationales.
  • Opportunities to join live online sessions to discuss the application of select capabilities.
Is this preparation course aligned to the Talent Development Capability Model?
Yes, this course is grounded in the Talent Development Capability Model and is designed to help you prepare for ATD certification Institute’s CPTD Certification. The CPTD covers a subset of the knowledge and skills from the Talent Development Capability Model, focusing on skills application and decision-making for more experienced professionals. The course is also aligned with the CPTD exam content outline.
What parts of the Talent Development Capability Model are covered on the CPTD Certification Exam?
The Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a credential for TD professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.

The CPTD focuses on a subset of capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model and covers all three domains:
  • Personal Capabilities - 20%
  • Professional Capabilities - 45%
  • Organizational Capabilities - 35%

View the detailed content outline here .
How long will the course take me to complete?
The course uses an adaptive, assessment-based approach to allow you to customize your learning and dive into the content you most need to learn. Participants have access to the course content for a full year and can complete the sections according to their study plan. The preparation course provides 28 learning hours/2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). We anticipate, however, that most candidates will spend more time on overall preparation for the exam. On average, candidates have reported spending 80-90 hours preparing for the CPLP exam (the predecessor to the CPTD).
The Talent Development Body of Knowledge is included in my preparation course enrollment. How will I access that resource?
You will access the complete Talent Development Body of Knowledge through ATD’s Bookshelf application (available through a link within the preparation course) or smaller sections via links to specific learning references throughout the course so you can easily read further about a particular topic. Detailed access instructions will be provided in the course.
I want to take a practice test. Is that included in my preparation course enrollment?
Yes, with the purchase of the CPTD Preparation Course you will receive access to a complete practice test allowing you to rehearse the test-taking experience and build the confidence needed to be successful on the exam. Three fully timed test attempts are included with your course enrollment.
I want to participate in the live online sessions. How do I access them?
Sessions are open to all on-demand course participants and hosted via Webex. Complete details on each session, including how to join, are provided in the course.
What parts of the exam content outline do the live online sessions cover?
Each session targets a specific capability and focuses on how to apply its concepts. Sessions also spend time examining practice questions and allow for Q&A with the facilitator. The select capabilities are collaboration and leadership, instructional design, technology application, evaluating impact, business insights, talent strategy & management, and data & analytics.
How often are live online sessions held?
Two sessions are held per month, on average, biweekly, and each session repeats every three months. The full session schedule is available in the course. If you can’t attend a session that you’re interested in, don’t worry; you’ll have several more opportunities during the 12 months you have access to the course.
Will recordings of live online sessions be available?
Yes, a recording will be made available in the on-demand course following each session.
Will I get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing the preparation course?
Yes, you will receive 2.8 CEUs upon successful completion of this course.
Do I have to attend the live online sessions to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
No, attending live online sessions is not required to successfully complete the course and receive CEUs.
Will I receive a certificate of completion for completing the preparation course?
No, certificates of completion are not awarded for preparation courses.
May I use the preparation course toward the professional development hours requirement for the CPTD exam?
Yes, the CPTD Preparation Course will provide 20 hours of learning toward the CPTD requirement of 60 hours of professional development.
I am planning to take the CPTD exam in the near future. What is the ideal time to start the preparation course?
Every candidate is unique, but we recommend allowing a minimum of six months to study for the exam. If you are newer to the profession, you may want to add additional time. Learn more about the CPTD certification .
May I purchase the preparation course at the same time I enroll in the CPTD certification exam?
Yes, in fact, we recommend it. We’ll even provide a 10% discount on your preparation course if you register together with your exam because we believe that setting your exam date early is key to staying on track.
Once I enroll in the preparation course, how do I get access?
You will be able to launch the course immediately upon enrolling in MyATD at courses.td.org. Please note it could take up to 15 minutes after enrollment for your course to appear. A notification with detailed instructions will also be sent to your email.
How long will I have access to the on-demand preparation course?
You will have access to the on-demand course for 12 months from your registration date.
Am I able to access the course through an app? Is it available offline?
You may access the course via your ATD login at MyATD or at courses.td.org on any device. The course is not available offline.
If I need to retake the CPTD exam after my first attempt will I need to register and pay again for the preparation course?
You will receive a 12-month subscription with the purchase of the CPTD Preparation Course. During that timeframe, you may access the course as many times as needed.
Is the course available in languages other than English?
At this time, the course is only available in English. For more information about global resources for the CPTD certification, please contact the certification team at [email protected]
Are there special rates for teams who want to enroll as a group for the preparation course?
Yes, please contact an ATD Enterprise Solutions Account Executive here for more information on how to receive special rates for group training
Is the CPTD exam fee included in the cost of the course?
No, the exam fee, which covers 18 months of eligibility (once approved) and one test authorization, is not included in the cost of the preparation course. See the CPTD Exam page to learn more.

Things To Know

ATTENDANCE

On Demand

Full completion of the program within the one-year access period is mandatory in order to receive CEUs. Participants who complete all aspects of the program will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal.

CREDITS

28.0 Learning Hours

2.8 CEUs awarded

20.0 Professional Development Hours toward initial certification eligibility for the CPTD credential from the ATD Certification Institute. Course must be completed before it can be reported.

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