The Certified Professional in Training Management (CPTM™) program utilizes a blended approach to learning, providing a balance of self-paced prework with applied experiences, to enable a lasting and impactful transformation of your business practices associated with managing learning and development. Once you’ve chosen a practicum date and have completed your registration, there are three steps to attaining your CPTM credential — all of which can be completed completely online.

There are three steps to earning your CPTM credential

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After you register, you will receive access to the learning management system (LMS) where you will complete ten interactive eLearning modules. To get the most out of your virtual practicum, we recommend starting the self-paced eLearning modules at least six weeks before your practicum.

The ten eLearning modules are outlined below:

  1. Understanding the Evolution of the Training Industry
  2. Managing a High-performing Training and Development Function
  3. Creating Strategic Alignment with Business-centric and Demand-based Training Models
  4. Selecting and Managing Learning and Development Resources
  5. Optimizing Your Organization’s Training Processes
  6. Leveraging Technology to Enhance Organizational Learning
  7. Providing Solutions Based on Needs Analysis and Business Acumen
  8. Developing and Delivering High-impact Training Solutions
  9. Assessing Business and Training Performance
  10. Preparing for the CPTM Exam


The virtual practicum is a team-based experience designed to simulate real-world scenarios and challenges associated with the training manager job role. During the practicum, you will be confronted with a real-world business problem and asked to conduct diagnostics to identify the root cause of that problem. Together, you and your peers will develop a solution using learning and development and will identify appropriate metrics to evaluate the training solution’s success.

By the end of the program, you will have developed a plan of action that aligns your training initiatives with key business goals. Each practicum includes a keynote discussion with an experienced training and development executive who has earned their own CPTM credential, and has faced many of the same challenges as you..

To view upcoming practicum dates, please click here.


Passing the CPTM exam is your last step toward earning your credential. The two-and-a-half-hour online exam can be accessed at any time following the completion of your practicum.

The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions designed to test both your knowledge of the core principles needed to effectively manage corporate training programs and your ability to apply best practices in various real-world scenarios specific to the training manager job role. Candidates must receive a 70% or higher to pass the exam and earn the CPTM credential.

Steps 1 and 2 were created and refined with you in mind: This process is so effective that the exam has over an 85% pass rate for those who complete both steps as recommended!


Upon successful completion of the CPTM exam, you will:

  • Be presented with the CPTM designation to use in your professional title.
  • Receive a CPTM certificate validating your accomplishment.
  • Become a member of the CPTM alumni community.
  • Receive a digital badge to share on social media, including on LinkedIn.


CPTM graduates are admitted into an elite alumni community of learning and development professionals, affording you the opportunity to learn from and network with your peers. You will also gain access to exclusive opportunities for continuing education, including virtual roundtable discussions, conferences, discounts on all Training Industry Courses and more, all of which contribute to your recertification requirements. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a CPTM alum here.


CPTM recertification reinforces the value of continuous learning and skills development to effectively manage the current and future training needs of your organization. Recertify by completing at least 24 hours of continuing education and pay the renewal fee within a two-year period.

If you are an active status alum, you can click here to start the CPTM recertification process.


Register now to start the process of becoming a CPTM. If you would like a more detailed overview of the program, click below to receive a copy of the CPTM Candidate Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of the certification process, from registration through recertification.


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