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ASTD Competency Study: The Training & Development Profession Redefined

By  William J. Rothwell, Justin Arneson, Jennifer Naughton

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Revised from its 2004 edition, the new ASTD Competency Study is your essential guide for understanding and using the ASTD Competency Model. The ASTD Competency Model answers the question, what do training and development practitioners need to know and do to be successful, now and in the future? And, how do they prepare for that future faster than ever before? The ASTD Competency Model is the definitive framework for the training and development profession; understanding and applying the model is essential for staying current and relevant in the field.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Add power to your development plans by honing in on the key competencies and trends that really matter. 
  • Stay current and relevant in the T&D field.
  • Understand and apply the ASTD Competency Model in a practical, actionable way. 

This book presents the academic research behind the model in a practical, actionable way. Ultimately, it helps training and development practitioners add power to their development plans by honing in on the key competencies and trends that really matter.

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William J. Rothwell
William J. Rothwell, PhD, SPHR, is the president of Rothwell & Associates ( and professor in the Workforce Education and Development Program at the University Park campus of Penn State University. As a researcher he has been involved with the last five competency studies conducted by Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD).

In 2012 he won the association's prestigious Distinguished Contribution Award. He is author of 81 books and 250 articles in the field and had 20 years of experience in government and the private sector before becoming a college professor in 1993.

Justin Arneson
Justin Arneson is a research scientist at CPP, Inc. where he plans, directs, implements, and promotes the research and development for assessment products. Prior to joining CPP, Justin served as a research scientist at HumRRO, and as Talent Insights Manager at Target.
Jennifer Naughton

Jennifer Naughton was most recently the Senior Director of Competencies & Credentialing at ATD. She led ATD's most recent competency model effort and also launched ATD CI’s Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®) certification program. Jennifer has a Master’s in Human Resource Development from GWU and is a recognized Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).


New structure. Sleek design. Visionary words. The 2013 ASTD Competency Model is more than ‘new.’ There’s extensive wisdom and foresight packed into this five-sided package. The work is impressive, but the genius is in the details: reimagined Foundational Competencies, refined Areas of Expertise, redefined applications for our field. It’s all there. The training and development field depends on ASTD to provide practical, leading-edge research, while simultaneously aligning with organizations to maximize their talent capability. The 2013 Model achieves both. This timely and prophetic resource is critical for the advancement of the profession. It provides a blueprint for the field, guidance to organizations, and self-confidence to individual practitioners.
Elaine Biech
ebb associates inc.
Given today’s advancements in technology, expanding global markets, and times of economic volatility, this newly redefined ASTD Competency Model is particularly relevant and practical. The real value in this Model is in its application, which will serve as a template for success today and in the future.
Kimo Kippen
Chief Learning Officer
Hilton Worldwide University
Whether a new or experienced practitioner, this book serves as a valuable road map to keep pace with ongoing changes in training and development. The new ASTD Competency Model is an excellent resource that takes into account the impacts of globalization, advances in learning technology, and continuing economic uncertainty that affects all professionals in talent development and beyond. Regardless of role, this work helps ensure that all of us have a firm grounding in the competencies needed to be successful.
Lisa J. Downs, CPLP
Strategic Business Partner—Learning, Training, and Development
The Boeing Company


Book Details

ISBN: 9781562868666

Pages: 152

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: May 2013

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111311

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