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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 defines 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.

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.

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