There is no single, best way to prepare for the APTD examination. Preparation methods and duration all depend on a candidate’s personal experiences and knowledge base. There is not a mandatory test preparation or study requirement for the APTD program, nor a preferred preparation method. However, below are some basic steps that we recommend to all candidates, as well as resources to assist in your study plan. (Please note: Study materials are not included as part of your exam fee, other than the resources provided below. Additional study materials are optional and may incur a fee).
In post-exam surveys, candidates report that they have spent an average of 60-80 hours preparing for the exam and have allowed three to six months for the process, including taking the exam.
How do you typically tackle something that you need to learn? Do you like to focus on the areas that you know the least about? Do you prefer working in groups? Do you dive into information in a deep, thorough way? Consider your learning preferences when identifying your best study options.
Step 3: Evaluate Preparation Resources
APTD Candidates use a variety of resources to prepare depending upon the way they study best.
APTD Study Planning Guide: This free APTD Study Planning Guide provides additional information about creating a study plan and preparing for the exam. ReviewAPTD sample questions to get a feel for the type of questions asked on the exam.
Talent Development Body of Knowledge: The Talent Development Body of Knowledge (TDBoK) is the definitive resource for TD professionals and as such can be a valuable resource for individuals preparing for the APTD certification exam. If you enroll in an APTD prep course, the TDBoK is included with the cost of the program. Please note, the cost of the preparation resources is not included in the exam registration fee. *The TDBoK will soon be available for purchase in Arabic. Sign up here to be informed when it is available.
APTD Practice Test: The APTD Practice Test is great opportunity to get a feel for the final test-taking experience and build the confidence you need to be successful on your APTD certification exam. *The APTD Practice Test is now available in Arabic. You can choose the language for your practice test after completing the purchase, when you are "scheduling" your practice test attempt.
APTD Preparation Courses: The APTD Preparation Course is a comprehensive on demand self-paced course you can access through a 12-month subscription.
Bookmark the Active Candidates Page: The active candidates page to find the most recent versions of the Candidate Handbook and other important documents.
APTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group: Join our APTD Candidate Preparation LinkedIn Group for tips and resources.
The Talent Development Body of Knowledge is the definitive resource for the TD profession. It covers all 23 capabilities in the Talent Development Capability Model and can serve as an important resource for exam preparation.
This course helps one prepare for the APTD exam with content review, prep strategies, a full practice test, and more. It includes access to an expert facilitator and the TDBoK. Save 10% if you add it in checkout when paying the APTD application fee.
One of the things that made all the difference for me to get the maximum benefit from the learning journey was my mindset. I embraced an open/growth mindset to learn, validate, and widen my set of skills and knowledge base as L&D professional.
Use flash cards.
The Talent Development Body of Knowledge has a feature that creates them.
I was fortunate to make friends with someone I’d never met before. We kept each other accountable, keeping up with the notifications and updates (being a new program, there were many) and quizzing each other on various things ahead of the exam.
Use your existing or recent projects.
Use your projects as cases and apply the concepts. Did you use best practices?
Immerse yourself in the content and in what it means to you and the profession. Recall how you best remember and acquire the knowledge and do that. It will take as many weeks as they tell you—then double that. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.