There are specialized certifications for training, learning and development professionals who are seeking ways to increase business performance through innovative and collaborative training methods. These certifications not only provide the necessary skills and tools to improve performance management, but also establish a credential that is recognizable in the training industry. Certifications usually address specific areas of expertise including training delivery instructors, design developers, online learning facilitators and others.

Most certification eligibility requirements include several years of experience in a performance improvement and facilitating field.

The following table provides a list of some of the most recognized certifications for training professionals. For a side-by-side comparison of the two leading L&D certifications, click here.

Certifications for Training Professionals

APTDAssociate Professional in Talent DevelopmentAssociation for Talent Development Certification InstituteThe Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least three years of experience—those who are in the early parts of their careers.


COLFCertified Online Learning FacilitatorLearning and Performance InstituteThe COLF course offers the skills and approaches to provide live interactive online courses and events.
CPTDCertified Professional in Talent Development Association for Talent Development Certification InstituteFormerly called CPLP, the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a professional certification for L&D professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s various knowledge and skills.
CPTCertified Performance TechnologistInternational Society for Performance ImprovementThe CPT credential uses evidence-based performance research to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to improve performance within an organization.
CPTMCertified Professional in Training ManagementTraining Industry Inc.The CPTM program provides the tools needed to develop and manage performance improvement.
CTDPCertified Training and Development ProfessionalThe Institute for Performance and LearningThe CTDP credential focuses on professionals with multiple years of experience demonstrating skills in facilitating training and performance needs.
CTPCertified Training PractitionerThe Institute for Performance and LearningThe CTP credential recognizes trainers based on experience and skill facilitating training sessions.
TTAThe Training Associates CertificationThe Training AssociatesThe TTA certification program is for those who have demonstrated knowledge, proficiency and experience training in development and performance.
N/ASpecialty CertificationLangevin Learning ServicesThe Specialty Certification provides eight days of workshops in a specific area of expertise.
N/AMaster TrainerLangevin Learning ServicesThe Master Trainer is the next level after the Specialty Certification and provides 16 days of workshops.
N/ATraining and Development DiplomaLangevin Learning ServicesThe Training and Development Diploma is the highest level of certification after the Master Trainer and provides 24 days of workshops.



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