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? 

Talk to a professional development specialist right now by calling (919) 653-4982. You can also schedule a call here or email us at, and we’ll be happy to address any questions you may have!



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

There are no prerequisites for enrollment. 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. However, 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 a practicum date that gives you 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 key 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 both in-person classroom environments, which are scheduled in advance at locations around the U.S., and a series of fully online, live 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 both practicum types.

The biggest difference between the in-person and the virtual practicum is the timing of the classes. The in-person practicum takes place over the course of three eight-hour days, while the live virtual practicum takes place over the course of four six-hour days. Virtual sessions are typically run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (ET) or 12-6 p.m. (ET), 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, which are 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 count toward your two-year, 24-hour recertification requirement. Training Industry facilitates CPTM recertification learning through regularly scheduled CPTM webinars, roundtables and other special events.


Are there government or group discounts?

We offer discounts for employees of non-profits, government agencies and for groups of two or more. Contact us, or schedule a call directly here to discuss your eligibility for a registration discount.

How can I certify my L&D team?

Certifying your L&D team offers the opportunity to rapidly upskill team members and unite them around a core set of principles and tools, helping them speak the language of the business as they work together toward key business goals. Learn more about team certification here.

How can I hire a CPTM? 

CPTMs are in high demand because of their unique skill set and ability to strategically align training with business goals. Learn more about how you can hire a CPTM here.

I have a meeting or other conflict that will prevent me from attending the full session. Is that OK? 

Because the program is interactive and includes numerous group activities, we do not recommend missing any part of the live session. If you have an unavoidable conflict, please inform your instructor beforehand and/or contact us at to reschedule your session.


Reach out to one of Training Industry’s professional development consultants to discuss this program and other development opportunities.

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