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The Associate Professional in Talent Development - Legacy Program

Information and Resources for APTD Candidates Originally Scheduled to Test Before June 30, 2020
Coronavirus Update
Are you a current candidate scheduled to test before the end of June? We are extending current exam windows past their original sunset dates of June 24, 2020. You should have received an email with additional information. If you did not receive that email please contact certification@td.org.
Please note: we are not accepting additional applications to test under the legacy content.
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.

How to Prepare for the APTD

  • Successful APTD candidates spent an average of 41-60 hours to prepare for the exam
  • The typical pass rate has been approximately 70%
  • Candidates use a variety of preparation methods including books, courses, and study groups.

Try the Practice Test:

Check your knowledge and get a feel for the type of questions that will be on the exam by taking the 30-question practice exam.

Work with a Group:

APTD Preparation Resources
Are you prepared for the APTD exam? Ensure success with these study tools.
Self-Paced Course

This self-paced course uses adaptive learning technology to accelerate your knowledge of the AOEs tested on the APTD certification exam to mastery, at your own pace. Includes free subscription to the APTD Learning System.

The ATD Learning System: APTD Edition is an essential digital reference covering the core areas of expertise needed by talent development professionals.

Check your knowledge and get a feel for the type of questions that will be on the exam by taking the 30-question APTD practice exam in the ATD Skill Tracker. Sign in with your td.org credentials.

Get advice to help you determine which type of preparation is best for you.
Send questions or request a conversation by emailing certification@td.org.
Credentialing Handbook - APTD