CPLP Learning System

CPLP Learning System

The CPLP Learning System is the official learning resource for individuals preparing for the CPLP certification exam. This product is subscription based and is good for one year from the date of purchase.
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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is proud to provide the Learning System, the official resource for CPLP study. The CPLP Learning System is the complete, self-directed study tool for individuals preparing for the ATD Certification Institute's CPLP® program.

If you have purchased the CPLP Learning System in the past, your access has been extended as follows:

  • If purchased during 2016, you will have access through the end of 2018 at no extra charge. After December 2018, your subscription is renewable for $200/members; $300/non-members.
  • If purchased between November 2013 and December 2015, your subscription is renewable for $200/members; $300/non-members.

Already a registered user of the CPLP Learning System? Click here to login.

Note: If you purchased the Learning System prior to November 2013, you will need to buy the current Learning System described below to ensure you have the most up-to-date content to prepare for the current CPLP exam.

Frequently Asked Questions
The CPLP Learning System provides content on all 10 AOE's and foundational competencies covered in the CPLP exam.
About the Learning System

The CPLP Learning System includes content and practice questions for each of the 10 Areas of Expertise (AOEs), Global Mindset Foundation Competency, a Master Glossary of terms, and the Study Guide for Groups which can be used by ATD Chapters and others to form local and virtual study groups.

AOE 1: Performance Improvement
AOE 2: Instructional Design
AOE 3: Training Delivery
AOE 4: Learning Technologies
AOE 5: Evaluating Learning Programs
AOE 6: Managing Learning Programs
AOE 7: Integrated Talent Management
AOE 8: Coaching
AOE 9: Knowledge Management
AOE 10: Change Management

The CPLP Learning System comes with both downloadable PDF and digital access options. You may also order a hard copy Print Option for an additional cost. Learn more.

Digital Format: Features
  • Portable. The CPLP Learning System is designed for the learner on the go. You can take the digital CPLP Learning System anywhere on any device.
    • Print by section, chapter, or the entire document with or without your notes and bookmarks.
    • Work offline when internet is not available; all notes, bookmarks, and highlights will be synchronized when you go back online.
  • Customizable.
    • Take notes, bookmark key points, highlight, and adjust the font size to tailor your copy to how you learn.
  • Current and timely.
    • The content and updates focus on the latest professional practices.
    • Each time you log in you have the most up-to-date content.
PDF Format: Features
  • Download the PDF to your local device.
  • Print from the PDF.
  • Updated periodically when major changes are made to content
Print Option: Features
  • Available for an additional fee; you must purchase the online Learning System to be eligible to purchase the Print Option.
  • Print Option copy is current as of the date of printing.
  • Updates are available for print in your My Downloads folder.
  • The Print Option ships to you with tabs and a three-ring binder.

You may order the Learning System only or bundled with the Print Option. You may also add the Print Option separately at a later date. This option is a one-time purchase available only to purchasers of the CPLP Learning System (online version). One Print Option copy per online Learning System Purchased. This is a custom product, made to order at the time of purchase from the latest content.

The Print Option order cannot be cancelled or refunded once the order is placed.


ATD has a long history of partnership with the most influential leaders in the training and development industry. ATD enlisted these subject matter experts (SMEs) in each Area of Expertise along with veteran CPLP credential holders, ATD staff, and learning consultants to create and design the Learning System. Combined, this brain trust equals hundreds of years of deep expertise and thought leadership in the training and development field.

ATD defined the ATD Competency Model and then built the Learning System based on that foundation. The Learning System content aligns to the 10 Areas of Expertise as defined by the ATD Competency Model™ and is derived from multiple sources. The content necessary to study for the CPLP exam is consolidated in the Learning System so that you don't have to buy and read multiple books—what you need to know and study is in one accessible resource. For your reference, bibliographies and citations at the ends of chapters list the works used to prepare the Learning System.

Learning System chapters are designed to help you focus your test preparation efforts and include key knowledge content aligned to each Area of Expertise. You will also have access to interactive quizzes and links to related content within the Learning System, outside resources, and terms in the Master Glossary. You'll be able to make notes, bookmarks, highlight, print, and work offline.

System Requirements

NOTE: Browser requirements
- Internet Explorer 9 and above
- Chrome 30
- Firefox 24
- Safari 5.1.7.
(or latest browser versions)

Features of the PDF Format:

Download to your local device
Print from the PDF

CPLP Learning System Updates