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ATD National Member: $900.00 USD
Nonmember: $1,250.00 USD

Note: If registering as a new ATD member, please allow 24 hours before registering for the CPLP Program to allow your membership to become active.

FEES INCLUDE:

Knowledge exam seat
Knowledge exam score report
Skills Application Exam (SAE) seat
SAE score report
CPLP certificate and lapel pin

FEES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Study materials
Study group support or preparatory classes
Travel expenses to and from testing center
Other ancillary fees such as transfers, re-testing, test seat cancellations, etc.
* See the CPLP Certification Handbook for a list of all program fees.

Testing Locations

ATD CI partners with a third-party test provider to deliver the exams. The test provider offers authorized testing centers in most major cities in the United States and Canada as well as in many international locations. The testing vendor cannot guarantee the availability of testing sessions at all international locations during all testing windows, and all testing center locations are subject to change. For the list of our test provider’s testing locations, go to www.kryteriononline.com/locate-test-center.

EXAM APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING
Approximately seven (7) weeks prior to the opening of each testing window ATD's testing provider will issue a notice to schedule testing to all registered candidates by email. The notice will provide candidates with a unique username, password, and the URL address to access the provider's online test scheduling system. Candidates will select a testing appointment based on seating availability within the provider's network of domestic and international test sites. Candidates will select from a listing of available testing centers by geographical location and test date.

APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING

  • Appointments must be scheduled during the testing window only. No tests can be taken outside the testing window.
  • All appointments are first-come, first-served. If a candidate delays setting up a testing date and time, the selection of available dates and times will be more limited.
  • Candidates must submit their test scheduling request at least four (4) business days prior to their preferred test date.
  • All requests for Special Accommodations under the American's with Disabilities Act must be submitted to ATD CI directly before application and registration. Please contact Diane Daly at ddaly@td.org to obtain the Special Accommodations policy document and Request for Special Accommodations form.
  • The testing provider cannot guarantee availability of testing sessions at specific international locations; however, the vendor agrees to assist candidates in obtaining an alternative site when the preferred site is not available during the registered testing window. However, this request must be submitted directly to the testing provider no later than 30 days prior to the opening of the testing window.
  • For international appointment scheduling, candidates will use the the online scheduling system to view the list of sites and available appointment dates. If an acceptable site and date are available, the candidate will schedule the appointment and a confirmation email will be sent to the candidate.
  • If the sites and dates are not available, candidates may submit a request for the preferred location(s). Through the online scheduling system, candidates may submit three preferred international sites/dates for test scheduling during the designated testing period.
  • The testing provider cannot guarantee availability of the preferred sites/dates during the designated testing period. Within five (5) business days, the testing provider will issue a confirmation notice for one of the preferred sites/dates, if available.
  • If none of the preferred sites/dates are available, the testing provider will offer an alternate site/date for the candidate's approval. Upon approval, the testing provider will issue a confirmation notice to the candidate.

2017 CPLP Knowledge Exam Schedule

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score
Notification

01/01/17

05/17/17

07/01/17-07/22/17

instant

01/01/17

08/23/17

10/07/17-10/28/17

instant

07/17/17

11/10/17

12/06/17-12/27/17

instant

2017 CPLP Skills Application Exam Schedule

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score
Notification

01/01/17

05/03/17

06/14/17-07/01/17

07/01/17+ up to 10 weeks

01/01/17

07/26/17

09/06/17-09/23/17

09/23/17+ up to 10 weeks

01/01/17

10/18/17

11/29/17-12/16/17

12/16/17+ up to 10 weeks


 

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The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) has created a new certification for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise. It may be a destination for some or a stepping stone to the CPLP for others.

Registration is now open!

Registration includes an eligibility application and payment form. Once the application is approved, candidates may register and pay for the exam. To apply for the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD), please follow the instructions in this Quick Guide before clicking the Register button below.

APTD Certification Handbook

For a complete guide to APTD policies and procedures, please download and thoroughly read the APTD Certification Handbook.

APTD 2017 Pilot Participants please reference the APTD 2017 Certification Handbook (PDF).

2018 APTD Exam Schedule

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Testing Window

Score
Notification

10/2017

01/08/18

02/07/18-2/27/18

TBA

01/01/18

03/12/18

04/11/18-04/30/18

TBA

01/01/18

05/13/18

06/12/18-06/30/18

TBA

 01/01/18

  07/22/18

  08/21/18-09/13/18

 TBA

  01/01/18

  10/09/18

  11/08/18-11/30/18

 TBA

*All ADA applications must be received 10 weeks before your selected testing window.

APTD at a Glance

Who is it for? Talent professionals in the early part of their career or whose professional roles focus on a few areas of expertise (AOEs) as defined by The ATD Competency Model.

Why apply? Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. The competencies included in the APTD are the basics of talent development that professionals can use every day, no matter the level within an organization or company.

How many steps? Just three! Complete the application. Pass a multiple-choice exam. Provide evidence of lifelong learning every three years.

What’s on the exam? There are three primary areas of expertise: instructional design, training delivery, and learning technologies. Secondary areas include evaluating learning impact and the global mindset foundational competency.

Where do I take the exam? Testing centers are located in most major cities around the world. ATD CI partners with a third-party test provider to deliver the exams. The test provider offers authorized testing centers in most major cities in the United States and Canada as well as in many international locations. The testing vendor cannot guarantee the availability of testing sessions at all international locations during all testing windows, and all testing center locations are subject to change. For the list of our test provider’s testing locations, go to https://www.kryteriononline.com/Locate-Test-Center.

Planning Your Path to the APTD

Get started Early. Subject matter experts estimate a minimum of 50 hours will be required to prepare for the APTD exam. To see the primary areas of expertise and secondary area of expertise and foundational competency covered on the exam, take a look at the APTD exam's content outline.

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.

Use the APTD Learning System, an essential resource for preparing for the exam. The APTD Learning System can be purchased as a 12-month subscription to the online resource. The APTD Learning System is an online textbook covering all areas of expertise tested on the APTD exam. Interactive quizzes, reference lists, tips, stories, cases, and cross-chapter links are included to support learning.

Register for the APTD On Demand course, which adapts in real-time to your performance—so no two learning sessions will ever be the same.

Testing Locations


For a list of APTD test center locations in your area, please download this PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why is this certification being developed?

The APTD will serve the needs of talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise (AOEs). We frequently hear from practitioners around the world that they are interested in differentiating their expertise, but with a narrower focus than the CPLP certification (which covers 10 AOEs and one foundational competency).

How much work experience is required for this new certification?

Individuals who have at least three years of experience, or the equivalent, in talent development or related disciplines, are eligible.

What competencies will this certification focus on?

This certification will focus primarily three AOEs from the ATD Competency Model on which it is based. The AOEs are Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Learning Technologies. Evaluating Learning Impact and the foundational competency of Global Mindset also will be included throughout the exam. These competencies were identified by the research as core building blocks for talent development professionals and are part of The ATD Competency Model.

See all of the APTD FAQs.

ATD Competency Model with APTD AOEs Shaded

READY TO REGISTER FOR THE EXAMS?
Here are your next steps:

Review the CPLP Handbook or the APTD 2018 Certification Handbook to understand what’s involved going forward.
Acquire an ATD Member/Candidate ID # and password. Contact ATD Customer Care at 800.628.2783 for assistance.
Complete the application and/manage your record.

* APTD 2017 Certification Handbook, applies to pilot candidates only.