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
Years of experience in talent development
2 + 1
Two years experience PLUS the ATD Master Trainer or ATD Master Instructional Designer designation
2 + 1
Two years experience, PLUS one year TD-related college
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.
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: