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ATD Competency Model
The Talent Development Profession Redefined to Create a Competitive Advantage

ATD is proud to launch the latest ATD Competency Model. The talent development (TD) profession has undergone significant transformation in the last decade. The ATD Competency Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces.

The ATD Competency Model:

  • defines the latest competencies needed for success across the entire TD industry.
  • provides a professional development roadmap for TD leaders and practitioners.
  • identifies TD skills gaps and ways to close them that align with individual and organizational goals.

The Model emphasizes: (1) foundational competencies, or those that are important to everyone in the field, and (2) specific areas of expertise (AOEs), which are the specialized knowledge and actions required by specific roles.

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ATD Competency Model™ Job Aids


POWER UP! PUT THE 2013 COMPETENCY MODEL INTO ACTION WITH OUR COMPREHENSIVE JOB AIDS. FROM CREATING AN ACTION PLAN, TO CUSTOMIZING THE MODEL TO FIT YOUR SPECIFIC ORGANIZATION—OUR RESOURCES WILL ENSURE THAT YOU DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL, EFFECTIVE ACTION PLANS FOR YOUR TEAM.

Action Planning for Organizations
Create a professional development action plan for your team or organization that aligns with the 2013 Model.

Action Planning for Individuals
Create your own professional development action plan that aligns with the 2013 Model.

Workforce Planning
Determine how industry trends will influence your future training needs and practices.

Customizing the Model
Adapt the 2013 Model to fit your specific organization or culture by using this four-phase approach.

Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to use the 2013 Model.

ATD Competency Study: The Training & Development Profession Redefined
Your essential guide for understanding and using the ATD Competency Model