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Preparing for the CPLP: On-Demand Course

Create your personalized study plan to become a CPLP

This self-paced online course will help you prepare for both the CPLP knowledge-based exam and the work product submission. You will have access to the course(s) for 12 months from your registration date.

Credits: CEU 1.4 MORE
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Language(s): English



CPLP and ATD Certification Are Changing in 2020.

With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there will be changes to the CPLP program. To match the changes to CPLP certification, we are updating the CPLP prep courses and CPLP Learning System. The new course will launch on March 16 along with the Talent Development Body of Knowledge, the updated resource that will replace the ATD Learning System. The current CPLP prep course will be available through June 30.

Course Info

This self-paced online course will help you create your personalized study plan to become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). You’ll begin to prepare for both the CPLP knowledge-based exam and the Skills Application Exam (SAE).

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This self-paced online course will help you create your personalized study plan to become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). You’ll begin to prepare for both the CPLP knowledge-based exam and the Skills Application Exam (SAE).

This on-demand course is designed to be truly self-paced. The participant will have a 12-month period to use the online materials and study aids beginning at the time of registration. The content is designed to help participants plan and execute their personal study plan for the CPLP using the ATD Learning System as the primary study tool. During the course, participants use the Learning System and a variety of interactive and reflective exercises to determine which of the 10 Areas of Expertise (AOEs) they need to focus on to create their own personal study plan. Content is structured in seven modules which cover core concepts in all AOEs at an overview level. The course includes assessment questions for each module as well as a set of additional study questions. Participants also review the requirements for the skills application exam (SAE) component of the certification process.

Course participants will use online discussion boards to complete assignments and post questions for ATD and others using the self-paced course. In addition, all preparation workshop participants will have access to the CPLP Learner Community for ongoing peer support and exchange.

About the ATD Learning System

The registration fee includes online access to the ATD Learning System which covers all 10 Areas of Expertise (AOEs) which form the basis of the exam questions. The Learning System will be accessible by course participants during and after the course. The ATD Learning System is required reading for this program.

For additional information about the CPLP credential such as eligibility, testing windows and costs, please see CPLP Certification Information. Read Less

What Will you Learn
  • Define the core concepts for each AOE in the ATD Competency Model and the ATD Learning System.
  • Refine a personalized study plan, by identifying appropriate resources, to ensure thorough knowledge of each AOE.
  • Apply test-taking strategies for the knowledge exam.
  • Prepare for the skills application exam (SAE).
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Who Should Attend

This program is designed for those who have the following qualifications:

  • five years of relevant work experience in the talent development profession
  • have decided that certification aligns with your career goals
  • have the resources required (time, money, energy) to invest in the CPLP
  • are ready to start preparing to earn your CPLP
  • want to know where your understanding of CPLP content is strong, and also where you need to invest more effort in preparation in order to be successful.
Roles: Coach, Consultant, CPLP, Director / Executive, Instructional Designer, Trainer, Chief Talent Development Officer / CLO
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Koren Castleman
Koren Castleman, CPLP
Manager of L&D

"Achieving the CPLP 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!"

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Ryan Panzer, CPLP
Curriculum Architect

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

Adam Zern
Adam Zern, CPLP

“Achieving my CPLP 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.”

Things To Know


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.

If applicable, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program.


1.4 CEUs awarded


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