Get Certified

Take your career to the next level.

You know your skills are vital to the workplace, now your employers can know too.

Get prepared with the skills and credentials employers are looking (and asking) for. The Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly the Canadian Society for Training and Development) sets the standards that define the workplace performance and learning profession. If you’re looking for external recognition of your expertise, get certified.

How to Get Certified

CTP and CTDP

CTDP: Minimum four years full-time experience across the Competencies. 

CTP: Minimum one year full-time experience across the Competencies in a facilitation role.

Submit your resume to certification@performanceandlearning.ca before applying for certification.

See our Certification Fast Fact sheet and the Certification Handbook for more information.

Once you have pre-qualified please register and pay for certification online. You must be a current member to register for certification ($950 + taxes). See the Certification Handbook for more information. Register for your CTDP or CTP today!

Not an I4PL member? Register here.

The CTDP exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions across the broad set of Competencies for Performance and Learning Professionals®. The CTP exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions focused on Facilitating Learning Experiences. Candidates must pass their exam with a mark of 70% or greater prior to registering for skill demonstration.

Practice exams are available to aid in preparation, CTP Practice Exam and CTDP Practice Exam.

For some tips and tools to prepare for your exam and skill demo you can download and read the toolkit prepared by certified members.

See our Certification Fast Fact sheet and the Certification Handbook for more information.

After you have passed your certification exam, you will then complete your work product skill demonstration. CTDP candidates demonstrate their proficiency in either Assessing Performance Needs, Designing Learning Experiences or Facilitating Learning. CTP candidates demonstrate their proficiency in Facilitating Learning Experiences.

CTP candidates submit their Facilitating Learning Experience work product via a 30 minute video submission or via a 30 minute Live Skill demonstration.

For some tips and tools to prepare for your exam and skill demo you can download and read the toolkit prepared by certified members.

Download the Assessing Performance Needs worksheet.

Download the Designing Learning Experiences worksheet.

Download the Facilitating Learning Experiences via 30 minute video submission worksheet.

Download the Facilitation Learning Experiences Live Skill Demo submission worksheet.

Candidates are also required to submit a professional reference. Please use the I4PL Certification Reference Sheet for this submission.

See the Certification Fast Fact sheet and the Certification Handbook for more information.

How to maintain your CTDP or CTP Professional Designation:

  1. Remain a member of the Institute for Performance and Learning by annually paying your association membership dues.
  2. Complete your professional development log and submit it by your certification expiry date. 60 professional development credit hours (PDCs)* are required per 3-year period. This log must be submitted electronically by sending a copy to certification@performanceandlearning.ca. For more information about the categories and maintenance process, please refer to the Certification Maintenance Fact Sheet.
  3. Keep a copy of receipts and supporting documentation. This supplementary information may be requested for audit purposes by the Certification Committee.

When does my certification expire?
After three years of being certified, your certification expires at the same date as your membership expiry date.

Where can I find the professional development log?
Please download the excel worksheet to log your credit hours here.

CTDP Senior Portfolio (12+ years of exp.)

Once you have pre-qualified please register and pay for certification online. You must be a current member to register for certification ($950 + taxes). See the Certification Handbook for more information.

Not an I4PL member? Register here.

Register for your CTDP Senior Portfolio Authentication today!

Review the entire worksheet including the categories outlined and noting the documentation requirements.

Candidates are also required to submit a professional reference. Please use the I4PL Certification Reference Sheet for this submission.

For some tips and tools to prepare your portfolio you can download and read  the toolkit prepared by certified members.

See our Senior Path Certification Fast Fact sheet and the Certification Handbook for more information.

How to maintain your CTDP or CTP Professional Designation:

  1. Remain a member of the Institute for Performance and Learning by annually paying your association membership dues.
  2. Complete your professional development log and submit it by your certification expiry date. 60 professional development credit hours (PDCs)* are required per 3-year period. This log must be submitted electronically by sending a copy to certification@performanceandlearning.ca. For more information about the categories and maintenance process, please refer to the Certification Maintenance Fact Sheet.
  3. Keep a copy of receipts and supporting documentation. This supplementary information may be requested for audit purposes by the Certification Committee.

When does my certification expire?
After three years of being certified, your certification expires at the same date as your membership expiry date.

Where can I find the professional development log?
Please download the excel worksheet to log your credit hours here.

Give your Career a Boost:

Certified Training Practitioner (CTP)

The Certified Training Practitioner (CTP) certification is the professional designation for those with a focus in the key competency area of facilitating training.

Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) Standard Path

The Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) enables learning and development professionals to demonstrate a broad range of competencies including: assessing performance needs, designing training, facilitating training, supporting transfer of learning and evaluating training.

Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) through Senior Portfolio Authentication.

Geared towards those who already have a seasoned portfolio, the CTDP Senior Portfolio Authentication requires a minimum of 12 years’ experience in learning and development as well as demonstrated knowledge and education in: learning and development, professional experience, accomplishments, and professional service.

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*Certification is available to members only. Price does not include the cost of membership ($325). If you are not yet a member, sign up today.

Searching for an educational program? Check our Recognized Programs to browse schools and their programs from across Canada and beyond. We recognize educational programs that address the competency areas outlined in the Competencies for Training and Development Professionals©. The competencies are:

Assessing Performance Needs

Assessing performance needs in response to a request for learning may result in both non-learning and learning interventions. When you assess needs, you may speak to key stakeholders, the executive and business lead or sponsor, and focus groups that represent the target audience.

Designing Training

Designing structured learning can range from creating a 15-minute e-learning self-paced tutorial on using a new software application, to building a multi-year curriculum using many delivery channels for managers across a large organization. Content can range from highly technical skills, to skills like project management or sales, to “softer” skills like communication.

Facilitating Training

Effective facilitation of structured learning results in a positive, comfortable, learner-centred environment, where learners share responsibility for the success of the learning event. An effective facilitator (trainer or instructor) maintains learner interest and supports learners in achieving the learning objectives.

Supporting Transfer of Learning

Learning transfer involves designing material and activities that help learners apply what they have learned. Supporting the transfer of learning increases the probability that learners will actually apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired. When designing transfer activities and materials, it is important to consider all the factors that support performance: clear expectations, specific and timely feedback, recognition and rewards, and the necessary information, tools and resources.

Evaluating Training

Evaluation can take many forms, including surveys of learner reaction, knowledge tests, skill demonstrations, comparisons of pre- and post-training performance, and calculations of return-on-investment. The most commonly used framework, developed by Donald Kirkpatrick, outlines four levels of evaluation.

We will guide and support you through the certification process.

Achieve CTP or CTDP certification on your schedule. You don’t have to take time off work.

Access the certification online, and work at your pace, so you’re not constantly adjusting your schedule. And you have one full year to complete it.

Use your new network to talk with fellow members working toward the same goals as you.