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The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Establish yourself in the talent development field.
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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. If you are still undecided between the APTD and CPTD, check out this resource comparing the content outlines.

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.

APTD Exam Windows and Deadlines

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Exam Window

Testing Prohibited

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30 days prior to start of window

January 1 - March 31

All dates in February

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30 days prior to start of window

March 1 - May 31

All dates in April

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30 days prior to start of window

May 1 - July 31

All dates in June

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30 days prior to start of window

July 1 - September 30

All dates in August

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September 1 - November 30

All dates in October

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30 days prior to start of window

November 1 - January 31

All dates in December

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

Test How Best Works for You
Applicants for the APTD and CPTD exams are able to schedule a remotely proctored exam or choose to go to an in-person testing facility.
APTD Certification Handbook
International Candidates:
Did you know that the APTD exam is available in Chinese and Arabic? You can choose to test in either language in the Certification Portal after you have successfully applied. Sign up to be notified when additional resources are available in Arabic.
Unleash Your Potential
Increase your confidence and validate your experience when you become an APTD.
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