ATD CPLP Support

Hi. I’m Julia Carpenter and I am currently serving as the Director of CPLP for the Central Florida Chapter. I just wanted to take a few moments to introduce myself and to let you know I’m here to support anyone in the Chapter embarking on the journey of earning the CPLP credential. Whether you want to know more about the benefits of the credential, are thinking about it but unsure about the pros and cons, or have decided to pursue the credential, feel free to contact me. 

Just a little background about me and why I pursued the credential. I already had graduate degrees  when I considered earning the CPLP. These degrees showed mastery of those specific fields. I was drawn to the CPLP because it is  a recognized global credential demonstrating  mastery of both the knowledge and skills of the field, and is recognized by employers in organizations around the world. It was a way to demonstrate my mastery of all the competencies in the model - not just the academic knowledge but the ability to perform the work of my field to a mastery level.  It has increased my credibility as a professional in the field. On a personal level, studying for the knowledge exam and preparing for the work product reinforced and increased my knowledge of the field and connected me with other professionals in the field. It has given me opportunities and helped my professional growth. There are a number of employers who now prefer the credential. 

Thinking About Embarking on the Journey?

I’d encourage you to take a look at the video ASTD (CPLP) . In this quick video, several CPLPs (Trish Uhl., Dara Moore and Jann Iaco) talk about the benefits of achieving the CPLP from ASTD and why they pursued the credential.

What is involved in earning the CPLP? 

To be eligible you must have at least five years of full-time professional work experience in the TD field. You must then complete two components: a multiple choice Knowledge exam covering all the competencies in the ATD competency model and a work product in one of four areas. 

What are the costs to accomplish the CPLP certification?

The current fees posted are $799 for an ATD National Member; $999.00 for a Nonmember. The fee includes: 

    • Knowledge exam seat 
    • Knowledge exam score report
    • Work product submission score report 

I’ve Decided to Go For It! 

First Step

If have decided to pursue the credential, the first step is to complete an application through the CPLP application system.


    • There is a practice exam on the ATD site.
    • Take a look as well at the CPLP Certification Handbook
    • There are a variety of study materials you can purchase at ATD. These are the official resources for the test and you can purchase them from the ATD store. I purchased the ATD learning system back in 2013 when I went through the process and spent time going through each of the study resources carefully, reading and re-reading, highlighting, and taking the practice questions at the end of each chapter.
    • There are also study services, practice exams, and other resources available at places like Owl’s Ledge.

Are There Study Groups for the CPLP at Our Chapter?

We do not have a study group in our local chapter yet. But there are virtual study groups. 

Check out the Linked In CPLP Candidate Group. I was a member of this group during my study session and it was very helpful – there are few posts hinting at starting a study.

Feel free to contact me by email ( or phone (my cell is 407 342-1039) if you’d like to chat or email me specific questions.  

Dr. Julia Carpenter, CPLP
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP)
Principal Instructional Systems Designer
General Dynamics Information Technology
3501 Quadrangle Blvd.  Ste. 275
Orlando, FL  32817
Telephone:  407-454-5908

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