ATD Competency Model

The talent development profession redefined to create a competitive advantage.

ATD launched an updated competency model in 2014. The ATD Competency Model defined the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful. It captured changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces.

The ATD Competency Model:

  • defined the competencies needed for success across the entire TD industry, as of 2013.
  • provided a professional development roadmap for TD leaders and practitioners.
  • provided the opportunity to align individual and organizational goals against an industry standard backed by research and forward-thinking.

The model emphasized foundational competencies that are important to everyone in the field and specific areas of expertise (AOEs), which are the specialized knowledge and actions required by specific roles.

Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) candidates are tested on all ten (10) areas of expertise. Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) candidates are tested on three (3) primary areas of expertise: Training Delivery, Instructional Design and Learning Technologies.

Note: in 2018-2019 ATD conducted a research initiative to update the Competency Model, as we do every five to seven years. The new Talent Development Capability Model was released at the end of 2019. Learn more.

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See the New Talent Development Capability Model
ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model is a framework to guide the TD profession in what practitioners need to know and do to develop themselves, others, and their organizations. It is a blueprint for impact.