Interested in advancing your career or expanding your knowledge through certification but can’t decide which program is the best for you? Use the table below to compare the Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM™) with the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®).

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Training Industry, Inc.

Centered on the professional needs of  learning leaders by providing resources through its website, magazines, webinars, events and continuing professional development programs.


Association for Talent Development (ATD)

A membership organization that offers content through programs, research and events and hosts several conferences a year for talent development professionals.

  • Only certification focused on the role of the training manager
  • Complete view of managing the training function (portfolio management, outsourcing, budgeting) and achieving strategic alignment
  • Measures the competency of training managers


  • Focuses on the role of the trainer/instructor
  • 10 areas of focus to cover breadth of learning roles, including managing learning programs, training delivery and instructional design
  • Measures the competency of talent development professionals
  • Earn certification in as little as two months
  • Can complete 100 percent online, including the final and practice exams, taken anytime, anywhere
  • 89 percent pass rate on the final exam
  • Virtual and in-person practicums offered year-round


  • Earn certification in six to nine months
  • Complete and pass two in-person exams at a designated testing center, scheduled around registration deadlines and testing windows
  • 40 percent pass rate on the final exam
  • Preparatory work timing varies based on candidate selection
  • There are no prerequisites for candidacy
  • The Training Industry team facilitates preparation and support through the program and beyond
  • Get introduced to instructors and receive their contact information 


  • There are prerequisites and an application for candidacy
  • Study guides are available for purchase with the option to maintain access through subscription renewal
  • Training Industry provides free continuing education opportunities curated specifically to align with the Training Manager Competency Model™
  • 24 hours of continuing education units required every two years
  • Can apply for recertification at anytime upon completion of continuing education units


  • Free and paid recertification opportunities can be found upon individual search
  • 60 recertification points required every three years
  • Can apply to recertify during a certification cycle upon completion of recertification points
  • Program is a one time fee of $3,495 per individual
  • Cost includes the prework modules, the practicum, and two additional attempts at the final exam, if needed
  • Receive access to research and information including e-elearning modules and study guides, even after becoming certified


  • Earning the CPLP can include a number of à la carte options
  • Exams are $1,250 per individual, per attempt
  • Resources such as preparation courses and materials are sold separate and range in price
  • Study guides are available at an additional cost with the option to renew subscription each month
  • Formal network with continuous opportunities
  • CPTM-exclusive roundtables and LinkedIn group
  • Monthly newsletter that highlights continuing education credits and recognizes alumni
  • Counts for 18 CPLP recertification points
  • Receive a free pass to the annual Training Industry Conference & Expo (TICE) and access to CPTM- exclusive events


  • Networking opportunities available for those who are also ATD members
  • Counts for 6 to 24 CPTM continuing education credits, depending on pre-exam preparation activity.

“Both programs add value in different ways. CPLP is broad in nature and expands your knowledge in 10 areas of expertise, whereas CPTM offers a deep dive into what is needed to manage the training function. I’m truly an advocate for both programs – each provides insights into the learning and development field.” – Deadra Welcome, CPLP, CPTM