The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least three years of experience—those who are in the early parts of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on foundational areas of the field.
An APTD understands that well-designed talent development strategies and solutions contribute to organizational success and has a strong grounding in the foundational knowledge of the field.
What Topics are Covered?
The APTD covers a subset of foundational knowledge from the Talent Development Capability Model and how to use that knowledge in talent development. It is focused on the capabilities required for successful performance by early career professionals. These areas were identified by the research as core building blocks for talent development professionals.
"To all the accidental trainers like myself who are looking to add legitimacy to their roles, expand their skillsets, or simply quiet the voices in their heads telling them that they don’t belong in this industry, the APTD certification process is a great place to start."
How Does the APTD Differ from the CPTD?
APTD covers a subset of the Talent Development Capability Model focused more on the knowledge statements than the skill and ability statements covered by the CPTD exam.
While both the APTD and CPTD exams are application-based, the APTD exam covers a more foundational set of knowledge and skills than the CPTD exam.
The APTD can be used as a stepping stone for the CPTD. APTD credential holders can take the CPTD with 4 years of experiene (vs. the standard 5 years required) and the APTD covers the professional development requirement for CPTD eligibility, should they pursue a CPTD certification in the future.
For more information about the APTD certification, please download the APTD Certification Handbook at the bottom of this page or email us at [email protected]
I believe this credential is very worthwhile for talent development specialists. Professionally, I thought it helped me to reacquaint myself with the areas of expertise that are important to use in the talent development field...
The impact of having the APTD credential is twofold in my mind. Of course, it signifies to others that I am technically competent in those areas of expertise. But more important, it allowed me to measure myself against my peers…
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