Preparing for the CPLP: Instructor-Led Workshop

Begin your journey to become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).

This two-day workshop will help you create your personalized study plan to become a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). You’ll begin to prepare for both the CPLP knowledge-based exam and the skills application exam (SAE).

This two-day workshop is designed to help participants plan and execute their personal study plan for the CPLP using the ATD Learning System as the primary study tool. During the workshop, participants use the Learning System and a variety of interactive and reflective exercises to determine which of the 10 Areas of Expertise (AOEs) they need  to focus on to create their own personal study plan. Participants also review the requirements for the Skills Application Exam (SAE) component of the certification process.

Each course group will have access to an online community for their course and will be enrolled in an ongoing community after the course ends.

This workshop runs from January 22-23, 2018. The workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. each day.

Learning Objectives

After this program, you will be able to:

  • Define the core concepts for each AOE in the ATD Competency Model and ATD Learning System.
  • Refine a personalized study plan, by identifying appropriate resources, to ensure thorough knowledge of each AOE.
  • Apply test-taking strategies for the knowledge exam.
  • Prepare for the skills application exam (SAE).


This program is designed for those who have the following qualifications:

  • five years of relevant work experience in the talent development profession
  • have decided that certification aligns with your career goals
  • have the resources required (time, money, energy) to invest in the CPLP
  • are ready to start preparing to earn your CPLP
  • want to know where your understanding of CPLP content is strong, and also where you need to invest more effort in preparation in order to be successful.

Program Topics

Click here to view the Participant Guide Table of Contents.


An engaging international speaker, expert facilitator, and learning professional, Maureen Orey helps individuals and organizations stay afloat by developing high-impact learning programs that improve their communication and leadership skills to build a diverse and resilient team. She is the author of three books: 101 Ideas for an Influential Presentation, Communication Skills Training, and Successful Staffing in a Diverse Workplace. Maureen is also on the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, where she has spent more than five years designing and teaching face-to-face, online, and blended courses.

Maureen’s clients include Fortune 50 and 500 companies such as Boeing, Sony, and Rolls Royce, as well as ATD, Scripps Healthcare, the U.S. Navy, and U.S. Forest Service. She has extensive experience working in university programs to develop and employ individuals with disabilities. She has been recognized as an Outstanding Instructor of the Year by SDSU's College of Extended Studies, and was the 2014 Finalist for Excellence in Customer Service with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce. You can find out more at


Attendance at the Preparing for the CPLP workshops and self-paced course is not required. CEUs and certificates are not issued for preparation workshops. However, if you need verification of attendance for your employer please contact Customer Care and request a letter confirming your full attendance.

Registration Fees

ATD Member: US $995
Nonmember: US $1,295*

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The registration fee includes all course materials and is separate from general conference registration fees.

For additional information on this program, please contact ATD Customer Care at or 703.683.8100.