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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

What is Covered on the Exam?

The APTD focuses on three main areas of expertise weighted in the following manner:

  • Instructional Design - 37%
  • Training Delivery - 37%
  • Learning Technologies - 26%
  • Evaluating Learning Impact and Global Mindset questions will also be tested in relation to the three main AOEs.

To see the primary and secondary areas of expertise and foundational competency covered on the exam, download the APTD exam's content outline.

How Much Does it Cost?

  • Exam fee: $400 (members); $600 (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 APTD Application system. 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 earned an ATD Master Trainer or Master Instructional Designer designation, you may opt-out of one related area of expertise on the APTD exam.
  • Please have documentation for your ATD Masters program designation available if you intend to request the opt-out exam.
  • If you require accommodations, please submit an ADA application 10 weeks before your selected testing window so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

When and Where Can I Take the Exam?

  • Exams can be taken at testing centers around the country.
  • There are five testing windows for the APTD each year. The registrations deadlines are typically 30 days before each testing window begins.
  • The remaining test windows for 2019 are listed below with their respective registration deadlines.

APTD Exam Windows and Deadlines 2019

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline*

Exam Window

Score Notifications

October 1, 2018

February 27, 2019

April 3-24, 2019


October 1, 2018

April 24, 2019

June 5-26, 2019


October 1, 2018

July 24, 2019

September 4-25, 2019


October 1, 2018

November 29, 2019

November 6- December 20, 2019


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

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

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Credentialing Handbook - APTD