The Talent Development Profession Redefined to Create a Competitive Advantage

The talent development (TD) profession has undergone significant transformation in the last decade. The ATD Competency Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for trainers to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces. 

The 2013 ATD Competency Model (above) is the basis on which the CPLP is developed. Credibility is key for influence and promotion. The ATD Certification Institute's Certified Professional in Learning and Performance Certification (CPLP) equips you with the tools to be the best in the field and lets employers know that you have real world, practical expertise that can be readily applied to the current work environment. CPLP gives you the capability, credibility and confidence to be a high performing contributor in your organization. Be one of the best ---- Become a certified professional!

What is CPLP?
The ATD Certification Institute built the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential to provide a way for talent development professionals to prove their value to employers and to be confident about their knowledge of the field. To learn more about the CPLP and what it can do for you and your organization, go to https://www.td.org/Certification.

CPLP Handbookhttps://www.td.org/Certification/Get-Started/CPLP-Certification-Handbook

Is the CPLP right for you?

Professionals in the learning and performance field who have a minimum of five years related full-time work experience may apply, Use the ATD interactive assessment tool which is free and maps out the steps to attaining the CPLP in an easy to navigate format to help you decide if the CPLP program is right for you. Several assessment tools, including the CPLP practice exam (pCPLP), are included. View these materials to help you understand the program flow from applying to studying to becoming a CPLP credential holder!

ATD Career Navigator

The ATD Career Navigator will help you explore the career roles you can aspire to, the skills necessary to function effectively in each role, and the resources that are available to help build necessary skills. Based on the 2013 ATD Competency Model,™ the Career Navigator will allow you to assess your current skills; after completing the tool, you will receive a report that shows how you rate against the target proficiencies needed in that position. Training activities will then be recommended to close any proficiency gaps. The ATD Career Navigator is a benefit of membership in ATD. https://www.td.org/Communities-of-Practice/Career-Development/Career-Navigator

Other Resources:

  • Once you register for the Knowledge Exam you will be considered a "candidate. Then you can request to join the LinkedIn CPLP Candidate group.

Would you like to be a part of a virtual study group? Contact cplp.study@atdrmc.org.

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance 

Did you know?

Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts two virtual CPLP study groups each year. For more info, see CPLP Study GroupIf you are interested in a CPLP Virtual Study Group, contact cplp.study@atdrmc.org.

CPLP: The Only Certification for the Talent Development Profession

The CPLP certification is the only credential covering the entire breadth of the talent development profession. There’s still time to sign up, study, and become a CPLP by this time next year! See the CPLP 2017 Test Schedule.

Once we have the 2017 Test Schedule, we will start planning the next cohort. More information should be available by end of October, 2016.



Top Five Reasons to Become CPLP Certified

  1. Build and validate your skills.
  2. Increase your earning potential.
  3. Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.
  4. Broaden your career opportunities.
  5. Join an elite professional community.
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Mark Your Calendar

January 28:  ATD 2015 International Conference & Exposition early registration deadline. For additional information, click here.

January 29: CPLP registration deadline for March Knowledge Exam.  For additional information, click here.

January 31: CPLP Fellow Program nomination deadline.  For additional information, click here

February 15: CPLP Contributor² award entry deadline.  For additional information, click here.

February 20: CPLP Work Product submission deadline.  For additional information, click here.

February 24: ATD Values Veterans Conference.  For additional information, click here.

What is Certification?

Professional certification is voluntary. The credentialing organization establishes a system to recognize professionals who have met certain certification standards. Certified individuals may publicize their credentials by using initials after their names.

Who should pursue the CPLP Credential?

The CPLP credentialing process is designed for talent development professionals who meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least five (5) years of experience in the talent development field
  • Have a deep knowledge of instructional design, training delivery, and improving human performance
  • Can apply talent development principles in a work setting
  • Have a working knowledge of advanced and specialized talent development topics (coaching, integrated talent management, and so on) but may lack deep expertise in these areas
  • Typically perform work that is more operational in nature, as opposed to strategic

How much studying/preparation is required?

Most participants spend a minimum of 8-12 weeks (80-120 hours) to prepare for the Knowledge Exam and an additional 40-80 hours to prepare for the Skills Application Exam (SAE).

Become a CPLP by this time next year! 

The CPLP is a certification offered by the ATD Certification Institute. It was designed exclusively by and for talent development professionals to validate industry-specific expertise and skills.
Learn more about the credential.

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) is a curriculum designed by national ATD covering the diverse areas of expertise in the talent development arena. When it is time to change or advance your career, it’s valuable to have broad-based knowledge of the field (and a credential). The CPLP curriculum is designed to introduce you to the wide variety of career paths for people in our industry. The curriculum covers 10 Areas of Expertise (AOE):

When Purchasing the Learning Systems from the ATD Store, be sure to use the Rocky Mountain Chapter ChIP Code: CH6046.

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