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The ATD Competency Model™

The Talent Development Profession Redefined to Create a Competitive Advantage

ATD is proud to launch the latest ATD Competency Model. The talent development (TD) profession has undergone significant transformation in the last decade. The ATD Competency Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces.

The ATD Competency Model:

  • defines the latest competencies needed for success across the entire TD industry.
  • provides a professional development roadmap for TD leaders and practitioners.
  • identifies TD skills gaps and ways to close them that align with individual and organizational goals.

The Model emphasizes: (1) foundational competencies, or those that are important to everyone in the field, and (2) specific areas of expertise (AOEs), which are the specialized knowledge and actions required by specific roles.

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© 2014 by The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD.
All Rights Reserved. For use by permission only.


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Learn more about the Model and its applications:

TD Article
Model 101 Brochure

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Talent Development Competencies: Redefined to Create Competitive Advantage. View now

Taking It to the Next Level: Applying Competency Models In Your Organization and Your Career. View now

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Skill Tracker: Explore the career tracks you can aspire to, the skills needed to function in each role, and the resources that are available to help build those skills.

Job Aids: ATD members enjoy free job aids to bring the model into action.
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