To help make the process of becoming a Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM™) as seamless as possible, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

What can I do if I have a question that’s not addressed here? 

Email us! We’ll be happy to talk through any questions you may have, by phone or email. Just reach out to us at 


Are there any requirements to register, such as prerequisite experience or educational requirements? 

There are no prerequisites. The CPTM training program is ideal for anyone seeking to further their career by developing strategic practices focused on the business of learning. To explore whether CPTM is a good fit for you, take this short quiz

Do you have any resources that can help me approach my employer about funding my CPTM certification? 

Yes! Please  download the Approaching Your Employer kit. It contains information you can use to gain your employer’s support for CPTM certification, including a sample request letter template. 

How is the CPTM credential different from other learning and development certifications?

There are many certifications available for training professionals, which differ in scope and focus. The CPTM credential is the only certification focused specifically on the role of the training manager. The program is designed to impart the critical competencies needed to manage a training organization; by successfully passing the certification exam and earning the credential, you’ll designate that you have mastered the competencies of a successful training manger. For a side-by-side comparison of the two leading L&D certifications, click here.


When will I be able to access the online courses or learning modules? 

You will receive access to the self-paced online learning modules within two business days after you have registered for the program. 

How long will it take to complete the online modules? 

We recommend that you plan to spend 2-5 hours per module, or 20-50 hours in total; we also recommend that you select your practicum date to allow yourself 4-6 weeks to complete all 10 modules before you participate in the practicum, although the program can be completed in less time. 

Is there any homework in the online courses? 

Yes. You will be given the opportunity to complete on-the-job aids to help you apply concepts in your current work environment. 

Are there any tests associated with the online learning? 

Yes. There is an assessment at the end of each module, allowing you to test your knowledge.


Which practicum will I be scheduled to attend? 

You must select a practicum when you register for the CPTM training program: click here for a list of upcoming practicums and dates. 

What is the difference between an in-person practicum and a virtual practicum? 

The CPTM practicum is a highly interactive, instructor-led learning experience. We offer practicums in your choice of an in-person classroom environment, which are scheduled in advance at locations around the U.S., and a series of fully online virtual practicum options.  Virtual sessions utilize a virtual training platform that mimics the in-person classroom experience and allows participants to engage with the instructor and each other virtually using webcams, ensuring that candidates have the same experience across the two types of practicums. 

The biggest difference between the in-person and the virtual practicum is the timing of classes. The in-person practicum takes place over the course of three eight-hour days while the virtual practicum takes place over the course of four six-hour days. Virtual sessions are typically run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (EST) or 12 p.m.-6 p.m. (EST), whereas in-person sessions typically run from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. local time. All practicums are live and require the candidate’s complete engagement for all scheduled practicum hours.  Learn more about the differences between these two options here.


When can I take the exam?

The exam will become available in the LMS on the last day of your practicum.

What happens after I pass the exam?

You will receive a CPTM Certification Packet, including a certificate of achievement and digital badge designating your credential, and you will be welcomed into the CPTM alumni community, giving you access to exclusive continuing professional development events. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a CPTM alumni here.


Will I need to take ongoing training to maintain my CPTM certification? 

Yes. You will be expected to complete 24 hours of ongoing training within your two-year certification period. Training Industry provides CPTMs with a number of continuing education opportunities, available to CPTM alumni at no additional cost. 

What type of training qualifies toward recertification? 

Participation in industry conferences, webinars, and other industry-relevant training or events counts toward your two-year, 24-hour requirement. Training Industry facilitates CPTM recertification learning through regularly scheduled CPTM webinars, roundtables, and other special events. You can learn more about the recertification process in by downloading this information form 

Still have questions?

Download the CPTM training brochure or contact us below. 

Learn how the Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM) program can help you earn recertification credits for other HR and training certifications.