ATD began in 1943 as an association dedicated to training professionals. ATD created the Certification Institute (ATD CI) in 2001 as a separate non-profit entity to set industry standards and to confer credentials that recognize competencies against those standards. The primary mission of ATD CI is to create meaningful and relevant credentials for talent development professionals and the employers for whom they serve. ATD CI credentials are based on the ATD Competency Model, which answers the question: what do talent development professionals need to know and do to be successful in the field? It identifies ten functional areas of expertise and six foundational business competencies.
CPLP Certification & Examinations
For complete information on the CPLP certification, including testing policies and procedures, candidates must read the CPLP Candidate Handbook page before registering. The handbook can be found on the ATD CI website.
CPLP Knowledge Exam
The Knowledge Exam is designed to measure a candidate’s breadth of knowledge in the talent development profession. The exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions that focus on the 10 AOEs of The ATD Competency Model plus the Global Mindset Foundational Competency. Candidates will have three hours to complete the exam.
CPLP Knowledge Exam Scheduling
You cannot schedule your CPLP Knowledge Exam with Pearson VUE before registering with ATD CI and submitting your program fees. Within 72 hours of registering with ATD CI, you will receive your CPLP Knowledge Exam Confirmation and Scheduling Information, required to schedule your appointment with Pearson VUE. Please allow 72 hours for receipt of your CPLP Knowledge Exam Confirmation and Scheduling Information.
CPLP Skills Application Exam (SAE)
The Skills Application Exam is designed to provide candidates with the opportunity to apply their skills to real-world scenarios they might encounter in their work. Candidates are expected to critically review and analyze documents and make decisions regarding case study material. Candidates will have three hours to complete the exam.
CPLP Skills Application Exam (SAE) Scheduling
Once the you have passed the CPLP Knowledge Exam, you will be eligible to sit for the CPLP Skills Application Exam. On your registration and payment form, you selected your SAE window and your SAE Area of Expertise. Once you pass the Knowledge Exam, ATD CI staff will register you for the selected SAE window and AOE. ATD CI staff will also email with information about your SAE and instructions on how to schedule your seat at a test center. Candidates must successfully complete the Skills Application Exam within two years of the date of successfully completing the Knowledge Exam or CPLP candidacy will expire.
APTD Certification & Examination
For complete information on the APTD certification, including testing policies and procedures, candidates must read the APTD Candidate Handbook page before registering. The handbook can be found on the ATD CI website.
APTD Exam Scheduling
You cannot schedule your APTD Exam with Pearson VUE before registering with ATD CI and submitting your program fees. Within 72 hours of registering with ATD CI, you will receive your APTD Exam Confirmation and Scheduling Information, required to schedule your appointment with Pearson VUE. Please allow 72 hours for receipt of your APTD Exam Confirmation and Scheduling Information.
Scheduling Your Examinations
Please use the Sign in button on this page to begin the process. You may also schedule your examination by calling Pearson VUE. Find phone numbers on our customer service page. Ineligible applicants are notified by ATD CI and a reason for the decision is provided.
Scheduled and rescheduled examinations will be confirmed by email. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours of the rescheduled appointment, please contact Pearson VUE.
ATD CI administers examinations throughout the year in testing centers located in the US, Canada and select international sites. Please use the Locate a Test Center button on this page for additional information. Take a virtual tour of a test center.
Preparing for Your ATD CI Examinations
For information on how to prepare for your examination, please visit our Preparing for the Exams page to learn about programs offered through ATD.
Day of Your Test
Valid Signature IDs
At the test center, you must present a non-expired, government-issued, photo ID with your signature. View the list of accepted IDs.
Please note the following name matching rules:
- The first and last name on the application must EXACTLY MATCH the first and last name on one current, valid signature ID.
- Failure to present one acceptable ID will prevent your admission to the test center. If this happens, you will be marked absent and you will forfeit the entire examination fee and seat.
- If the names do not EXACTLY MATCH, do not schedule your appointment until you have contacted ATD CI and updated your ATD CI name of record.