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Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

APTD Certificaton from ATDThe ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) has created 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. 

Registration is now open!

Registration includes an eligibility application and payment form. Once the application is approved, candidates may register and pay for the exam. To apply for the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD), please follow the instructions in the attached PDF before clicking the Register button below.

APTD Certification Handbook

For a complete guide to APTD policies and procedures, please download and thoroughly read the APTD Certification Handbook.

APTD 2017 Pilot Participants please reference the APTD 2017 Certification Handbook (PDF).

2018 APTD Exam Schedule


Registration Opens

Registration Deadline*

Exam Window


October 2017

January 8, 2018

February 7-27, 2018


January 1, 2018

March 12, 2018

April 11-30, 2018


January 1, 2018

May 13, 2018

June 12-30, 2018


January 1, 2018

July 22, 2018

August 21-September 13, 2018


January 1, 2018

October 9, 2018

November 8-30, 2018


*All ADA applications must be received 10 weeks before your selected testing window.


APTD at a Glance:

  • 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. ATD CI partners with a third-party test provider to deliver the exams. The test provider offers authorized testing centers in most major cities in the United States and Canada as well as in many international locations. The testing vendor cannot guarantee the availability of testing sessions at all international locations during all testing windows, and all testing center locations are subject to change. For the list of our test provider’s testing locations, go to

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