CPLP® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the CPLP® certification?
CPLP® is a credential for learning and performance professionals offered by the ASTD Certification Institute. It is broad-based and addresses nine areas of expertise as defined by the ASTD Competency Model.
Who can apply for the CPLP®?
Professionals in the learning and performance field who have a minimum of three years related work experience may apply, though five or more is preferable. Take the CPLP™ Readiness Assessment to help you decide.
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What does the CPLP® cover?
The CPLP® competency testing process requires candidates to pass both a knowledge exam and a work product assessment. The knowledge exam has 150 multiple choice questions covering nine areas. The work product assessment requires a sample of recent project work accompanied by ten essay responses that describe the project. The work product must pertain to one of the following areas: Designing Learning, Delivering Training, Improving Human Performance, Measuring and Evaluating, and Managing the Learning Function.
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How much studying/preparation is required?
Study times vary by individual. Most candidates spend a minimum of 8 -12 weeks to prepare for the knowledge exam and at least 40 hours to prepare for the work product submission, in addition to the time it takes to complete the project itself.
What are the CPLP® testing dates and fees?
See the CPLP® Test Schedule and Test Fees for more information.
What is the pass score for the Knowledge Exam?
There is a slight variance from test to test in each testing window; however, on average candidates must answer approximately 65% of the test items correctly in order to pass.
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How long is the certification valid?
The CPLP® credential is valid for three years. Individuals must maintain their certification through retesting or by earning recertification credits. Click here to learn more about re-certification.
Who can I contact with specific questions?
For questions about the credentialing process, email ASTD-CI at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call Customer Care at 1.800.NAT.ASTD.
For questions about ASTD-OC's CPLP Study Group and Resources, email ASTD-OC at CPLPManager@astdoc.org