Planning Your Path to the APTD
Get started Early. Subject matter experts estimate a minimum of 50 hours will be required to prepare for the APTD exam. To see the primary areas of expertise and secondary area of expertise and foundational competency covered on the exam, take a look at the APTD exam's content outline.
Check your knowledge and get a feel for the type of questions that will be on the exam by taking the 30-question practice exam.
Use the APTD Learning System, an essential resource for preparing for the exam. The APTD Learning System can be purchased as a 12-month subscription to the online resource. The APTD Learning System is an online textbook covering all areas of expertise tested on the APTD exam. Interactive quizzes, reference lists, tips, stories, cases, and cross-chapter links are included to support learning.
Register for the APTD On Demand course, which adapts in real-time to your performance—so no two learning sessions will ever be the same.
Test Center Locations
For a list of APTD test center locations in your area, please download this PDF.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this certification being developed?
The APTD will serve the needs of 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 (AOEs). We frequently hear from practitioners around the world that they are interested in differentiating their expertise, but with a narrower focus than the CPLP certification (which covers 10 AOEs and one foundational competency).
How much work experience is required for this new certification?
Individuals who have at least three years of experience, or the equivalent, in talent development or related disciplines, are eligible.
What competencies will this certification focus on?
This certification will focus primarily three AOEs from the ATD Competency Model on which it is based. The AOEs are Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Learning Technologies. Evaluating Learning Impact and the foundational competency of Global Mindset also will be included throughout the exam. These competencies were identified by the research as core building blocks for talent development professionals and are part of The ATD Competency Model.
For a complete list of FAQs please download this PDF.
ATD CI is eager to gather input and expertise from a cross-section of talent development professionals, managers and supervisors, CPLP credential holders, and the ATD community, to shape the program. Be on the lookout for future opportunities to contribute your ideas. More details will be posted on this page as they become available. Check back often!
We invite you to engage with ATD CI as we work together on this new initiative. If you have questions, please email ATD CI at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.