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Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)


APTD Certificaton from ATDThe ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) is creating a new certification for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise. It may be a destination for some or a stepping stone to the CPLP for others. 

Tony Bingham, ATD CI President, discussed this new certification at the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference on October 7, 2016.

Periodic updates will be posted to this page.

Fast Facts (March 30, 2017)

  • Who is it for? Talent professionals in the early part of their career or whose professional roles focus on a few areas of expertise (AOEs) as defined by The ATD Competency Model.

  • Why apply? Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. The competencies included in the APTD are the basics of talent development that professionals can use every day, no matter the level within an organization or company.

  • How many steps? Just three! Complete the application. Pass a multiple-choice exam. Provide evidence of lifelong learning every three years. 

  • What’s on the exam? There are three primary areas of expertise: instructional design, training delivery, and learning technologies. Secondary areas include evaluating learning impact and the global mindset foundational competency.

  • Where do I take the exam? Testing centers are located in most major cities around the world.

  • When is it? Take the exam September 13-30, 2017. Receive your results in mid-December 2017.

  • Why now? Be among the first to earn the APTD designation by participating in the first administration. Space is limited. Discounted pricing applies for the first administration only. The special price is for the exam and preparatory materials bundled together. No transfers or refunds during the 2017 first administration.

  • How to apply: Apply starting June 1, 2017 at

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