Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)

CPLP Overview

 What is the CPLP™?

The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance™ (CPLP™) offered by the ATD Certification Institute (CI) offers workplace learning and performance (WLP) professionals the opportunity to enhance credibility and prove value in an increasingly competitive marketplace. If you would like to learn more about the CPLP program, you can learn more at the ATD website: https://www.td.org/Certification. For more information, check out the resources page and Fees and charges

What value can CPLP certification offer me?

A Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential identifies you 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.

Where do I start?

The CPLP is a three-part process:

     Have at least five (5) years of industry related experience.

     Pass a knowledge exam consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions.

     Submit a successful work product that focuses on one of four Areas of Expertise: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, Performance Improvement or Managing Learning Programs.

How do I prepare?

Complete a practice exam with answer key to see how well you know the ATD competencies, click here.

Use the interactive guide to determine how the certification process works, click here

Review the CPLP Certification Handbook 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.

The next step is to prepare for the exam. ATD has created the comprehensive ATD Learning System, which costs $449 (Member)/$595 (Non-Member). The ATD Learning System can be accessed online. A printed version can be purchased for an additional fee to cover the printing.  

What study options are available?

OPTION 1: Cohort Study Group. The Los Angeles Chapter offers a virtual CPLP Study Group cohort. The group is offered when we have reach enough people to participate, click here to add your name to the list. You will be contacted by the chapter leader when we have a full class.

OPTION 2: Instructor-led (Virtual or Face to Face) Workshop. A two-day workshop is available through the National ATD website, face to face classes click here to find dates and locations, or virtual live classes, click here

OPTION 3: On-Demand. Use self paced learning, click here. Use the ATD Los Angeles Chapter Code at the checkout.



CPLP Candidates LinkedIn Group


CPLP Recertification

The CPLP® credential is valid for three years. Recertification is earned through professional development. CPLPs must accumulate 60 CPLP® recertification points within the three year recertification period. Detailed information and resources that support the recertification process can be found in Part 4 of the Certification Handbook.  

Competency Model


In 2004, the Associated for Talent Development (ATD) set out to create a new model for Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) professionals so that practitioners could better excel in their current and future positions with the field.

The competency study, “Mapping the Future: Shaping New Workplace Learning and Performance Competencies,” served as the foundation for the original ATD competency model.

In 2013 the competency model was reorganized and one area of expertise was added: Learning Technologies.

The Competency Model 

The ATD competency model has two layers. The first layer includes those foundational competencies that are desirable of any successful WLP professional regardless of their specialization in the field  The second layer includes areas of expertise; these specialized areas are the specific knowledge and skills that are built and rely upon the focused application of the foundational competencies.  ATD Competency Model

CPLP Certification

Becoming a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) identifies you are an expert of this competency model.

ATD Certification

CPLP Application

ATD Learning System

CPLP Testing Schedule

Interested in joining a local study group?

If you are interested in joining a future study group, please complete the form at the bottom of the Workshop Interest page so that we can add you to our list. When the chapter has enough people for a group and is ready to launch you will be contacted at a later time. 


Ready to study now?

CPLP Learning System—The Official Resource for CPLP Study

The ATD Learning System is the complete, self-directed learning resource for individuals preparing for the knowledge-based exam section of the CPLP™.

Help earn revenue for our chapter! Be sure to enter our chapter’s ChIP code CH8028 when you order the CPLP Learning System on the ATD store: https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/ASTD-Learning-System

ATD-Los Angeles Chapter
9852 W. Katella Ave. #187
Anaheim, CA 92804
Chapter Code: CH8028

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