The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a certification for talent development professionals who are in the early stages of their career or who are focused on training delivery, instructional design, or learning technologies. Build your knowledge, prove your worth, grow your network, and boost your career with the APTD certification. The areas of expertise covered by the APTD exam are those shaded in orange on the competency model diagram to the right.
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Individuals who have at least three years of experience, or the equivalent in talent development or related disciplines, are eligible.
The APTD is based on three primary areas of expertise from the ATD Competency Model: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Learning Technologies. Secondary areas include Evaluating Learning Impact and the Global Mindset foundational competency. The APTD exam is 115 multiple-choice and short-scenario multiple-choice questions; candidates have 120 minutes to complete the exam.
The APTD exam fee is $400 for ATD members and $600 for non-members.
All APTD candidates are required to sit for the APTD at one of our testing centers. Please check here for information about the locations of our centers.
There were four testing windows scheduled in 2018 and five windows are planned for 2019. The most recent schedule can be found here.
Download this quick guide to learn more about the application process for the APTD exam and next steps.