This is an attempt of mine in trying to pen down my preparation and the progress between now and the certification date.
After 15 years of Learning experience and a couple of years of research and exploring on which certification would help me and add value to to the organization and to stakeholders, I zeroed in on CPTD (previously CPLP) offered by Association of Talent Development.
With a certification in mind and trying to understand the time commitment and the difficult times in 2020, I decided to sit for it in 2021.
The first step to be looked at by anyone looking to attempt the CPTD certification is to check for the content and take a sample exam on the ATD portal to understand what is the proficiency and take the gap assessment that has to be focused on.
All about CPTD Certification
You are tested in the CPTD certification on the below domains:
With the step one done, the next step(s) are:
- ATD Membership (this would cost you anywhere between $210 – $350 depending on the type of international membership you chose)
- Head over to ATD website to look for the CPTD Certification handbook that would outline the detailed curriculum / test pattern, sample questions, reference resources
- CPTD being the new format of the certification, there is not much resources available on the internet, hence, you would need to heavily bank on ATD for reference and material which is a good thing as most of it comes to you from one source
- Purchase TDBok (Talent Development Body of Knowledge) which is roughly 260 pages and covers details of the three domains covering the 23 capabilities that you would be tested upon as per the Talent Development Capability Model (Tip: you may not require the hard copy, you can print the TDBok for your personal study purpose as you prepare)
- Since childhood, I have always believed in group study and a certification which not just tests you knowledge but the actual application of the knowledge that you have gained over years, needs you to be a part of a study group
You can know your preparedness here and create a learning plan.
Over the last few weeks of me finalizing to start my preparation for the CPTD Certification:
- Purchasing a CPTD Study OneNote gave me a very high-level of all the parts and a start to my weekly planning
- The OneNote gave me a structure to start without fumbling for a starting point
- You have good resources listed out in the CPTD study guide, as we are working professionals, it might not be possible to read all the books recommended,
- You can look at GetAbstract for most of those books and those that I couldnt get my hand on, ATD’s Library came to the rescue
- A good find as I was searching for the book summary / books online is O’Reilly, most of the ATD books would be available here including the ones you would not find openly on google (they have a trail period of 10 days post which you can obtain subscription per month or quarterly)
- Do follow is Kara Reed, she is kind enough to share in her blog posts about her preparation and detailed mind-maps that she has created as a study-aid
I have joined a study group recently, timing is a bit of a challenge for me as I am not a early morning person, but changing a few habits would definitely help maybe!
Looking to sign-off for now with a feeling of going back to school and starting my reading on the various domains for certification.
I will share my experience / any snippets over the weeks as I progress into the student mode and start studying!
Until then, please share your thoughts / questions and would be happy to answer them! / let us connect on https://twitter.com/Sri_Learning (My Professional Twitter Handle)
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