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
Are you a current candidate scheduled to test in the next two months?
Watch your email for updates and information regarding testing through June 30.
If you have any questions please email
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. The deadline to apply for the current APTD has passed. 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.

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.

When and Where Can I Take the Exam?

  • Exams can be taken at testing centers around the world.
  • The registration deadlines are generally 30 days before each testing window begins.

Upcoming APTD Exam Windows and Deadlines

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Exam Window

Score Notifications

October 7, 2019

January 5, 2020

February 5-26, 2020


October 7, 2019

March 1, 2020

April 1-22, 2020


October 7, 2019

March 16, 2020

June 3-24, 2020


*This deadline and window have been extended to accommodate candidate volume

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

Learn About the New APTD
The application deadline has passed for the final testing window of the current APTD exam.
Learn about the new APTD certification based on the Talent Development Capabiltiy Model, changes to the exam, new eligibility requirements, and what your new preparation options are here.
Credentialing Handbook - APTD