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Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Overview

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.

Join us March 30 at 1 p.m. EDT with ATD's Holly Batts for a webcast that will answer all your APTD questions.

Fast Facts (February 9, 2017)

  • The name, Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD), resulted from a survey of ATD chapter members and leaders and current CPLP credential holders in conjunction with recent member survey data.
  • The APTD certification will focus on three primary areas of expertise (AOEs) from The ATD Competency Model, along with another AOE, evaluating learning impact, and the global mindset foundational competency. These areas have been determined through a competency validation process that included a survey and subject matter expert panels. Exam details will be available by late March with the release of the APTD certification handbook.
  • The APTD exam will be a multiple-choice exam and candidates will be able to take the computer-based exam at test centers located around the world in most major cities.
  • The APTD certification serves the needs of talent development professionals who are in the early part of their career or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise (AOEs).
  • Eligibility for the exam will require three years of experience or two years’ experience plus successful completion of one of the approved ATD Masters series programs.
  • Individuals who complete the APTD certification will be able to apply part of it toward the CPLP. Specific details about how the APTD will apply toward the CPLP will be available in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Recertification for the APTD will be every three years with continuing education credits.

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