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CPLP At A Glance  Based on the ATD Competency Model, the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential provides talent development professionals the ability to prove their worth to employers and to be confident in their knowledge of the field. It is a broad-based certification and addresses ten areas of expertise as defined by the ATD Competency Model.

Are You Ready?  You have been a learning professional for at least five years now. You keep up on learning best practices, trends, and news. You network and have established rapport with your learning professional peers. Now it’s time to step up your game – with CPLP.

See what Certified Professionals in Houston and around the nation are saying about the CPLP.

What Can CPLP Offer Me?  A Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential singles you out as a learning expert. That means your enhanced skillset can be used to elevate your credibility, distinguish you and your organization, expand your career opportunities, and establish yourself as a training leader.   Click here to see what Certified Professionals are saying about the CPLP.

How Do I Earn My CPLP?  The CPLP is a three-part process:

  • Have five years or more of learning industry experience.
  • Pass a knowledge exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions
  • Pass a Skills Application Exam (SAE) which is an online exam consisting of four case studies and 100 questions in one of the following AOEs: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, or Managing Learning Programs

How Do I Prepare?  The first step to prepare for your CPLP is to review the CPLP Candidate Bulletin located on the National ATD website. Next, you will want to register for the exam by completing the CPLP Application and paying your exam fee ($900 for National Members/$1250 for Non-Members).

The next step is to prepare for the exam. ATD has created the ATD Learning System, which costs $449 (Member)/$595 (Non-Member). The ATD Learning System also offers companion flashcards and a CD-ROM at an additional cost.

What are My Study Options?

  1. ATD has an interactive study guide and self-paced courses online.
  2. Want an instructor-led or group study format in Houston? ATD Houston is offering a members-only in-person study course.

Who do I contact if I need more CPLP Study Group info?  Please contact the CPLP Coordinator:  cplp@tdhouston.org


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