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Earn the APTD certification and differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.

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The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least three years of experience—those who are in the early parts of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on foundational areas of the field.

An APTD understands that well-designed talent development strategies and solutions contribute to organizational success and has a strong grounding in the foundational knowledge of the field.

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The Talent Development Body of Knowledge is the definitive resource for the TD profession. It covers all 23 capabilities in the Talent Development Capability Model and can serve as an important resource for exam preparation.

On Demand Course

This on demand course helps a TD professional prepare for the APTD exam with content review, test prep strategies, a full practice exam, and more. It includes access to an expert facilitator and the Talent Development Body of Knowledge.

Increase confidence, validate knowledge, and advance your career with the APTD.

“[APTD] allowed me to measure myself against my peers, reassured me that I have some measurable competency, and reinforced my decision to enter into and stick with the talent development field.”
—Kristin Gebhart, APTD
Hear What Others Are Saying
Choosing and committing to certification is a major milestone in your professional career. Here are additional insights to help you make the decision.

Hear about the successful candidates in the first group of applicants for the new ATD Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD).

Kristin Gebhart didn't always know she wanted to become an instructional designer, but earning the APTD certification solidified her career path in the field.

Meet Sarah Hackenmueller. As an accidental trainer, she always felt the CPLP was a little out of reach. Once the APTD certification was launched, she knew the APTD was just the stepping stone she needed. Learn more about her APTD journey.