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Whats the difference between the CTP & CPD?


Does anyone know what the difference is between the CTP (Certificate in Training Practices) and the CPD Certificate in Personal Development?

I am new to the Training Industry and would like to obtain recognised Qualifications within Training.

I currently work for a corperate company, based at Heathrow, so most of my training is Airline based.
Naturally i don't plan to be in the same job position for the rest of my life, I'd like to go to a higher paid corperate company, or even work for myself.

Obviously i will need qualifications and i just wondered what the best ones would be to take. Does anyone know? (And the cheapest too!)

I've done a bit of reserch myself and found there is a CTP course, but it seems to be a full time course, which i can't do.
There is also a CPD course which I can do at my local college for only £700. But my only concern is that its for people who want to get invloved in HR... Does anyone know anymore about either of these 2 Certificates?

Does anyone have any good advice??

Many thanks

Kathi Rogers

Katherine Rogers

6 Responses

  1. CPD?
    Hi Kathi

    I’ve personally never heard of Certificate in personal development. Are you thinking of CPD in the sense of continuing professional development?

    CTP is probably one of the more commercially recognised qualifications, not to say that its the best or the only way (before I upset anyone) just the most recognised if you were looking to use it to job hunt.

    Hope this helps


  2. CTP???
    CTP=Certificate in Training Practice. CPD=Continious Professional Development. CPP=Certificate in Personnel Practice.

    CTP is the most relevant to the training profession.

    This link will take you to the CIPD website where you can specify the course, flexible/part time study and postcode and it will come up with the nearest colleges.

    Heathrow, for example, there is Slough, Ealing, Uxbridge etc that all offer part time CTP study (mainly evenings).

    Good luck

  3. CTP
    The CTP is definitely the CIPD qualification to go for if you work in training (or go for the ITOL Certificate as an alternative).
    Generally speaking the Colleges are the cheapest option but the standard of training you get is mixed. Some are pretty good and some less so – see if you can get a personal recommendation. Also ask about how much skills development you get as part of the programme – some teach you how to pass the qualification but don’t really equip you to be a good trainer.
    The bigger providers (CIPD, the National School of Government, etc.) are more expensive but you do tend to get what you pay for.
    As they say, you pays your money, you takes your choice.
    Best of luck

  4. The Difference

    I teach the CTP and part of the CPP. If you are a trainer the CTP is the one for you. CPP is for people in HR as it covers Interviewing, Employment Law, Reward and recognition. CTP covers Training needs Analysis, Design, Delivery and evaluation among others. Hope that helps.

  5. CTP and beyond
    I would definitely recommend the CTP which I completed at the start of my training career; it is the standard within my organisation for all trainers.
    I found myself in a similar dilemma when looking for my next level of professional development, as you say much of the CIPD focuses on HR. I have since started a Diploma in Training & Development from the University of Leicester via distance learning, which has so far been very relevant, stimulating and rewarding…and I am only on Module 3!

  6. Part time study for CTP
    I studied my CTP part-time last year with Uxbridge College. It was one evening a week from 6-9pm over one academic year. Of course one does have to remember that this means a lot of course work has to be done at home, so you do need to be good at self-study and knuckling down to getting the assignments done, but I thoroughly enjoyed the course.


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