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The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Establish yourself in the talent development field.

What to Expect from the APTD Exam

What is the Full Exam Format?

  • Exam time: 2 hours
  • Exam length: 115 multiple choice questions
  • Computer-based exam at conveniently located testing centers worldwide OR in a secure location of your choosing, via remote proctoring (learn more about this new testing option)

What is Covered on the Exam?

Download the APTD exam's content outline for a guide to what is covered.

The APTD focuses on a subset of capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model and how to use that knowledge in talent development. It covers all three domains:

  • Personal Capabilities - 20%
  • Professional Capabilities - 50%
  • Organizational Capabilities - 30%

How Much Does it Cost?

  • Exam fee: $499 (members); $699 (non-members)
  • The exam fee covers a testing seat for the APTD exam, exam score report, and APTD certificate once certification is achieved.

How do I Register for the Exam?

  • To register for the exam go to the ATD certification portal. If it is your first time in the application system, you may need to complete additional fields and indicate that you are interested in the APTD program.
  • If you require special accommodations, please apply and submit your request at least 10 weeks before your selected testing window so arrangements can be made with the testing center.

When and Where Can I Take the Exam?

  • When you apply, you will choose a 90-day exam window during which to test.
  • Each window includes a 30-day black out period when testing is not offered.
  • The registration deadline is 30 days before the start of each 90-day window.
  • Exams may be taken at testing centers around the world or in a secure location via remote proctoring.

Upcoming APTD Exam Windows and Deadlines

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Exam Window

Black Out Period

Score Notifications


April 4, 2021

May 5 - July 28, 2021

May 27 - July 6, 2021


Open Now

June 6, 2021

July 7 - September 22, 2021

July 29 - August 31, 2021


Open Now

July 31, 2021

September 1 - November 24, 2021

September 23 - November 2, 2021


Open Now

October 2, 2021

November 3, 2021 - January 26, 2022

November 25, 2021 - January 4, 2022


Click here to find the test center closest to your address.

If you have additional questions about the APTD exam, please email [email protected] or call a Certification Specialist at 703-838-5842

Learn More About Certification in April
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NEW! Remote Proctor Option
Applicants for the new APTD and CPTD exams are now able to schedule a remotely proctored exam or choose to go to an in-person testing facility.
2021 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook
Ready to Apply?
Registration is open for the APTD exam.