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The Talent Development Capability Model
Earning a certification is a career milestone. Learn more about ATD’s two credentials for talent development professionals from Director of Credentialing Morgean Hirt and hear about the value they provide from current credential holders. #APTD #CPTD #ATD #talentdevelopmentcertification

Show your talent development expertise. Get certified.

Earning a certification is a career milestone. Learn more about ATD’s two credentials for talent development professionals from Director of Credentialing Morgean Hirt, and hear about the value they provide from current credential holders.

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Explore Our Talent Development Certifications
Which one is right for you?
Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)
Discover our APTD ceritifcation—for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on the foundational areas of talent development.
  • The capabilities covered in the APTD exam are the basics of talent development that professionals can use every day, no matter the level within an organization or company.
  • Are you ready for the APTD exam? Ensure success with these study tools and prep courses.
  • Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. Register for the APTD exam and validate your knowledge and skills in the field.
Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)
You are taking a critical step in your professional development by exploring your CPTD certification. Successful CPTDs report that the process of getting their credential was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowing them to learn, give back to the profession, and make a positive impact on their careers.
  • The CPTD covers a subset of the knowledge and skills from the Talent Development Capability Model, focusing on skills application and decision-making for more experienced prof... Learn More
  • Ready to start your journey? Boost your confidence and knowledge with prep courses and study tools.
  • Becoming certified can build your skills, increase your earning potential, broaden your career opportunities, and unite you with an elite community of professionals.
Alejandra Love, CPTD
"Having the CPTD has been a game changer for my career and credibility. Businesses want their consultants to be experts and those four letters are proof of that expertise. Every client I've served has talked about my in-depth understanding of how learning and development fits into a larger business strategy—part of that is experience and the other part is the foundational knowledge learned and tested through CPTD certification."
Mollie Steed, APTD
"This credential has done so much for me both professionally and personally. It makes me feel accomplished to be a subject matter expert in talent development. It allows me to be a source of wisdom on this topic in my company and in my community. I was able to learn an abundant amount of information that will help me excel in my career for years to come."
Suzanne Wagner, CPTD
"My credential allowed me to demonstrate proficiency in talent development at a time when it was a newer career for me professionally. I've capitalized on what I learned during the certification process and expanded my career potential many times over since becoming certified."
Rohit Das, APTD
"The APTD served to be a key differentiator in gaining a promotion from being an L&D specialist to landing a role as an assistant manager in a global IT firm. Furthermore, it helped me to expand into leadership and management training."
Shane Jaques, CPTD
"Having joined the profession via a nontraditional route, I wanted to demonstrate the skills I had developed from over more than a decade in the profession. Earning the CPTD credential felt like a great opportunity to prove my worth while also compounding it through upskilling. Earning the credential has helped me advance professionally. It gave me more marketable skills in my job search and led to landing a new role just a few months after obtaining the certification."

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How Are the APTD and CPTD Certifications Different?

As professional industry certifications, the APTD and CPTD assess your overall knowledge and abilities as a talent development professional. They are grounded in the Talent Development Capability Model™, which is a framework that outlines everything one needs to know and do to be successful in the field of talent development.

Many of our credential holders also get certified in vendor-specific methodologies or software (e.g. MBTI, ICF, DDI, Crucial Conversations, StrengthsFinder) etc., as needed for their specific roles. Those certifications are targeted to those organizations’ proprietary content, which is not content covered on the APTD nor CPTD exams.

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