The LPI Capability Map - mapping essential skills in the new age of L&D

Benchmark and develop your capabilities against a variety of skill sets with the LPI's powerful online self-assessment tool for L&D professionals.

 What is the Capability Map?

The LPI Capability Map aims to provide a global view of the skills needed to deliver modern workplace learning and development (L&D).

Since its launch in 2012, the LPI Capability Map has helped thousands of individuals and teams identify their strengths and skills gaps, and understand what is needed to build future capability. They have used their benchmark reports to develop themselves – and their teams – further in the L&D profession.

The LPI Capability Map is free for individual use, as part of the LPI’s commitment to the continued growth of the L&D profession worldwide.

Future-proof your learning provision and empower L&D to bring about measurable impact and positive outcomes within their organisations.

 Who is it for?

The LPI Capability Map is an invaluable resource for anyone employed in workplace learning.


For Individuals

The capability map allows you to assess your current skills and then compare them against thousands of your peers in learning and development. The map will show you where you are strongest and where you can make improvements, both invaluable metrics for PDP and career planning.
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For Learning Departments / Managers

Assess your entire team for coverage of expected L&D skills. Use this as a heat-map of departmental strengths and weaknesses compared to industry averages.
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For Buyers of Learning Services

Insist that externally-supplied trainers and L&D contractors have been assessed with the Capability Map. Ensure that people with the relevant skills are deployed to the projects that need them.
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For Suppliers of Learning Services

Put your consultants and contractors through the Capability Map to strengthen your proposition when tendering for projects.
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For Researchers

The data contained within the Capability Map gives you a unique view into the skills held by learning professionals today. The LPI believes this to be the largest view of an L&D professional’s skills against an industry standard.
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 What skills does the Capability Map assess?

The Capability Map assesses 25 skills across 5 categories. You won’t possess all these skills but you may be part of a team that does possess them collectively. This is what the Capability Map can determine.

 How was it developed?

The individual assessment areas were developed by leading experts in their respective fields of learning using the latest research, frameworks and real-world experience. These individual areas were normalised for terminology usage and then combined to form the Capability Map. The final design has been tested and peer-reviewed collaboratively over several iterations.

Steering Group members |  Working Group members

Download the Capability Map framework guide (PDF) Download the 1-page overview

The LPI Capability Map is an important first step towards documenting the complexity and diversity of the role of today's learning professional.

Kevin Streater MBA FLPI FBCS CITP MIET Director, Global Training Sales, ForgeRock

Someone needs to map out the huge domain of the learning specialist and it is wholly appropriate for the LPI to do just that. It is a resource for everyone in that field. Not just for job mapping but to get the sense of breadth and depth expected of all of us.

Nigel Paine

My role is mainly IT learning and as such most of the performance systems I’ve been required to use predominately focus on IT or HR skills and have to be manipulated to be used effectively. The LPI capability map is different. The skill definitions and roles are learning focused and extend beyond just training or developing by taking into consideration the additional skills a learning professional requires today. It is easily aligned to both my own role and my team roles and is accessible from the mobile device making it quick and easy to complete. The resulting form provides an ‘at a glance look’ at where you are now and where you can further develop. I really like it. Well done LPI for giving us something practical and up to date and free!

Lisa Johnson - NHS Blood and Transplant

The world of learning is changing at a rapid rate. No longer is it sufficient for learning professionals simply to be great designers, developers and delivers of content. This capability map provides a new framework to help them meet the increasingly diverse demands of the profession.

Charles Jennings – Co founder 70:20:10 Institute

I like the LPI Capability Map because it will grow and develop over time as people contribute to it. In an industry that moves and innovates as fast as ours this is vital.

Rob Hubbard – Chair, eLearning Network and Managing Director, LearningAgeSolutions

I think that the LPI Capability Map is a very useful foundation to benchmarking competencies within the learning/L&D arena. From a recruitment perspective I believe it will help Blue Eskimo more effectively gauge candidate skills in the real world and align these to relevant job opportunities that we are recruiting for.

Nick Bate - Director, Blue Eskimo

I see the map as a great way to identify the skills gaps and/or strengths of any learning department by mapping internal capacity and expertise against a general capability framework.

Stephen Debruyn – Vice President Marketing, Clarity Consultants

The institute’s capability map represents a significant step forward in creating a universal model of learning and development professionals and their role. With a focus on what is relevant for today’s world, and also for tomorrows, the level of future-proofing really sets it apart from other frameworks.

Bryan Sampson - Training Portfolio Manager, Financial Services

The LPI Capability Map represents a real development for the learning industry by daring to clearly define what today’s learning and performance professional does, blowing away the outdated stereotype of us simply providing “training” in a classroom. Now, for the first time other business professionals can gain an understanding of our role and profession, its depth, complexities and the value that we can add to an organisation far beyond the delivery of a traditional “course”. Workplace learning has changed beyond recognition – and the map shows how our industry is leading that change, adapting our roles, skills and activities to professionally meet the 21st Century requirements of the wired-workforce.

Julie Wedgwood – Director, Productive Limited

Having a sound Learning Capability map will allow organisations to drive consistency in learning and segment the many roles in learning to provide focus and opportunities for career growth either from within the learning function or as a secondment for leaders looking to expand their knowledge in this area.

Craig Yetter - Organizational Development Leader, LafargeHolcim

As we move into a new era of workplace learning, learning professionals will need a range of new competencies and skills. The LPI Capability Map will therefore provide a useful framework to help those in the profession understand what is required to become a competent practitioner.

Jane Hart – Founder, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

The starting point I refer all L&D people to is the LPI Capability Map. It’s proved to be the best tool that I know of at present to direct L&D people to a list of the core skills that reflect what L&D looks like now.

Andrew Jacobs, Lewisham Borough Council
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