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GENERAL

  • What is the CTDP certification?

    The Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) is the credential for performance and learning practitioners offered by the Institute for Performance and Learning. It is a broad-based certification and addresses seven areas of expertise as defined by the Institute’s Competency Model.
  • What is the CTP certification?

    The Certified Training Practitioner (CTP) is the credential for performance and learning practitioners offered by the Institute for Performance and Learning. It is a broad-based certification and addresses seven areas of expertise as defined by the Institute’s Competency Model.
  • What is the CTDP SPA (Senior Portfolio Authentication)

    Candidates with 12 or more years of experience full time in performance and learning roles and who qualify via the submission of their resume and pre-assessment qualification form may prepare for the designation via a senior portfolio authentication path.  Candidates may pursue the completion of their portfolio via a eSPA Coach (virtual) or via a SPA Workshop
  • How much time will I need to invest to achieve my designation?

    Study times vary by individual and by the designation you select.  Since the exam questions are built in direct alignment to the Competencies for Performance and Learning Professionals you will need to ensure you have a full and comprehensive understanding of the seven (7) competencies when challenging the CTDP exam.  CTP candidates will need to have a full and comprehensive understanding of the Facilitating Learning and Partnering with Clients competencies.  In addition, all candidates will need to have a thorough understanding of the applicable definitions and the Institute’s Ethical Code of Conduct.
  • What are the requirements for the CTDP and CTP designations?

    For the CTDP designation, candidates must have a minimum of four years full-time within performance and learning role and have a clear understanding of the seven Competencies for Performance and Learning professionals.

    For the CTP designation, candidates must have a minimum of one year full-time within a performance and learning role and have a clear understanding of the Facilitating Learning Competency.

  • What do I have to do to achieve the designation I select (CTDP/CTP)?

    To become a CTDP, candidates must have at least four (4) years full time of industry related experience; pass a knowledge exam consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions and complete and successfully pass a work product skill demonstration in one of the following areas:  Assessing Performance Needs; Designing Learning Experiences or Facilitating Learning.

    To become a CTP, candidates must have at least one (1) year full time of industry related experience; pass a knowledge exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions and complete and successfully pass a work product skill demonstration in Facilitating Learning.

  • Where do I get a copy of the Competencies and Ethical Code of Conduct?

    Once registered as a member of the Institute for Performance and Learning you may download a complimentary copy of the Competencies for Performance and Learning Professionals along with access to the Institute for Performance and Learning Ethical Code of Conduct.  You may also purchase a hard copy of the Competencies by writing to: hello@performanceandlearning.ca .
  • Is there a pre-requisite study/preparation requirement?

    There is no pre-requisite study/preparation requirement for the CTDP/CTP program; however, most candidates will find they need to thoroughly study and have full comprehension of the Competencies in order to successfully pass the exam.  Depending on your learning style and preference, there are a variety of study options you may wish to consider:

    • Make notes as you review the competencies
    • Document any questions you may have and search for additional scope of understanding in additional readings
    • Connect with a senior learning colleague for ongoing dialogue
    • Review the CTDP/CTP practice exams and associated correct responses
    • Find additional resources on the internet that broaden your scope of understanding and applying the competency framework

  • What is the exam pass mark?

    The exam pass mark is 70%.

EXAM

  • What are the CTDP and CTP exam testing dates?

    There are monthly exam windows; please write to certification@performanceandlearning.ca or visit the Institute for Performance and Learning website in the certification area.
  • What are the CTDP and CTP skill demonstration work product submission dates?

    There are monthly skill demonstration work product windows; please write to certification@performanceandlearning.ca or visit the Institute for Performance and Learning website in the certification area.
  • Where do I find the requirements for completing my skill demonstration?

    You must first complete and pass the knowledge exam.  You will need to select a skill demonstration work product.  The choices are:  Assessing Performance Needs, Designing Learning Experiences or Facilitating Learning.  Please visit the Institute for Performance and Learning website in the certification area and download the Certification Handbook for additional information.  Within the certification area you will also have access to the three skill demonstration candidate worksheets that will assist you with the scope of the work effort required.
  • How much does the CTDP/CTP cost?

    All certification options cost is $950 CA plus applicable taxes for current Institute Members and $1275 CA plus applicable taxes for non-members.  The CTDP/CTP registration fee includes testing seats for the exam during the designated windows, work product submission, candidate assessment report and CTDP/CTP Certificate once the credential is achieved.
  • Do I have to re-certify or complete ongoing professional development activities to maintain my certification?

    Individuals must maintain their certification by earning recertification points (certification maintenance) every three years.  Please visit the Institute for Performance and Learning website in the certification area for more information on the recertification process.
  • Do I have to maintain membership with The Institute for Performance and Learning to retain my designation?

    Yes, this is a mandatory requirement.  Only current members of the Institute for Performance and Learning may use the CTDP/CTP credential after their name.
  • How many CTDP/CTP credential holders are there in the program to date?

    As of August, 2017 more, then 1000 CTDP/CTP credentials have been awarded.
  • How do I apply?

    You can apply for the CTDP/CTP program online at www.performanceandlearning.ca
  • Who can I contact with specific questions?

    You can email certification@performanceandlearning.ca or telephone: 416-367-5900
  • Do you have more questions?

    You can email certification@performanceandlearning.ca or telephone: 416-367-5900