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ATD Certification in 2020
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The Associate Professional in Talent Development - Through June 30

Information and Resources for APTD Candidates Testing Before June 30
APTD and ATD Certification Is Changing in 2020
With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there will be changes to the APTD program. Explore the model to learn more about the new standard for talent development, see what is changing with ATD Certification overall, or browse the New APTD pages if you would like to test after June 30.

Am I Eligible for the APTD?

To be eligible for the APTD program, candidates must have at least:

  • Three years of work experience* in the talent development field or related discipline. Related disciplines include human resources, higher education or similar OR
  • Two years of work experience in the talent development or related field PLUS one year of college/university study in talent development or related discipline OR
  • Two years of work in the talent development field PLUS successful completion of the ATD Master Instructional Designer, the ATD Master Trainer program or the ATD Master eLearning Instructional Designer program

*For work experience, at least 50% of your time on-the-job must be related to instructional design, training delivery, or learning technology.

Testing Opt Outs

  • APTD Candidates with the ATD Master Instructional Designer or Master Trainer designations may opt out of the related area of expertise on the APTD exam
  • The ATD Master eLearning Instructional Designer designation does not qualify candidates to opt out of a portion of the exam at this time
  • Only one ATD Masters program may be used for opt out purposes
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APTD Eligibility Form
If you want to be sure that you meet eligibility requirements for the APTD, you may download the ATPD Eligibility Form below and return it to our Certification Specialist at APTDcertification@td.org.

Program Guidelines

The APTD Certification Handbook is the technical guide for the APTD program and provides individuals with everything they need to understand to complete the certification process. This is the primary source for APTD program support and is a must read for candidates.

To review eligibility guidelines in more detail, download the APTD Handbook below:

Credentialing Handbook - APTD
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