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Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

The pinnacle achievement in talent development.


The Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.

Successful CPTDs report that the process of studying for and getting their CPTD designation was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowed them to learn and give back to the profession, and made a positive impact on their careers.

What Topics are Covered?

The CPTD covers a subset of the knowledge and skills from the Talent Development Capability Model, focusing on skills application and decision-making for more experienced professionals.

Talent Development Capability Model

Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) candidates are tested on content covering 22 capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model. Familiarize yourself with the model and download this detailed test content outline to see what is covered on the exam.

Who is It For?

All CPTD candidates must have at least five years of related work experience and should have deep knowledge and experience applying the principles for enhancing employee talent development. A CPTD understands and can affect the value and impact talent development strategies and solutions bring to the success of an organization.

Need to Convince Your Boss?

Download and use this letter template to have a discussion with your employer about the value of the CPTD, and share these four reasons to support certification.

For more information about the CPTD credential, please download the Certification Handbook at the bottom of this page or email us at

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CPLP is now CPTD: ATD Certification Has Changed
With the 2020 release of ATD's Talent Development Capability Model there have been changes to the CPTD (formerly CPLP) certification program. Explore the model to learn more about the new standard for talent development, and learn more about the changes to ATD CI certification programs.
Is This Certification Right For Me?
Get inspired! Read the latest insights from CPTD credential holders.

I’m working on my fifth recertification, and I’ve been a Certified Professional in Talent Development for 15 years. There are many reasons that I value being certified.

Based on the ATD Competency Model, the credential provides talent development professionals the ability to prove their worth to employers and to be confident in their knowledge of the field.

The more I volunteered, the more I reflected on my past work in the higher education field and what I wanted for my future. The goal I arrived at was that when I can work, I want to be in the corporate arena for training and development.

2021 CPTD Certification Handbook
Get the advice you need to help you determine which certification is right for you!
Have questions? Download our FAQs or sign up for a zoom call to meet current CPTDs and ask them your questions directly. Email with any lingering questions or to request a discussion with a Certification Specialist.
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