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The LPI Capability Map


Capability MapThe LPI Capability Map is an online self-assessment tool for the L&D sector. It should be used to assess, record and develop your capabilities against a variety of skill sets.

The capability map has been created by leading figures within the learning sector and is designed to support people at all levels of their L&D career. The capability map has taken over 12 months to develop and will continue to evolve alongside the learning sector. The success of the map will rely on the support and feedback of the learning community as a whole. If you have any questions or feedback please get in touch.


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Download the Results today!


The Learning and Performance Institute is delighted to announce that the eagerly awaited Capability Map Report is now available.

Based on the self-assessments of hundreds of L&D professionals, the Capability Map Report provides a unique first look at the skills held by learning professionals today. The Institute believes this to be the largest view of an L&D professional’s skills against an industry standard.



Get the full report

The report is free to LPI Members. You'll find the link at the bottom of this page when you are logged in.

If you're not yet a member, join now by visiting our online joining page or email us at Alternatively it can be purchased for £195.00 + VAT, just email





Non-members can download a summary of the report

If you're not yet an LPI member you can view a summary of the initial report now, simply request your free copy via email: 






Don't forget to request your Free Personalised Comparison Report


Those who completed the Capability Map online assessment will also receive a free personalised comparison report which measures their individual skills against the overall industry average. View an example of this personalised comparison report here. If you have not yet completed the Capability Map online assessment and would like the free personalised profile of your skills, you can still complete the online assessment here



We are delighted to announce that since its launch on 24 October 2012 - over 3,000 Learning Professionals have now assessed their skills using the LPI Capability Map!

LPI Capability Map    Charles Jennings


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Martin Cousins from LearnPatch and LPI Fellow, Nigel Payne, talk to the Learning and Performance Institute's Lesley Price for an update on the institute's Capability Map data and what it tells us about the profession.

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The LPI Capability Map is supported by...

Jane Hart – Founder, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

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

Craig Yetter - Director Enterprise Learning Strategy, GlaxoSmithKline

"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."

Julie Wedgwood – Director, Productive Limited

"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."

Bryan Sampson - Training Portfolio Manager, Financial Services

"“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."

Stephen Debruyn – Vice President Marketing, Clarity Consultants

"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."

Nick Bate - Director, Blue Eskimo

"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."

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

"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."

Charles Jennings – Director, Duntroon Associates and Internet Time Alliance

"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."

Lisa Johnson - Barnardo's

"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!"

Nigel Harrison - Performance Consulting UK Ltd

"The LPI Capability Map will be a useful resource for learning professionals who know WHY they need to move into performance consulting (to prove their value and credibility in times of do more with less). The competency framework tells then WHAT they need to do to move forward. So they can plan HOW to get there."

Nigel Paine,

"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."

Kevin Streater, Head of IT Industry Engagement at The Open University

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


The online Capability Map is powered by Lexonis software. 



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