The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) is creating 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. The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) 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 APTD, please follow the instructions in the attached PDF before clicking the register button below.
SECOND QUARTER 2017
June 1: Applications will be accepted for the September 2017 exam.
Self-study resources available for September 2017 test-takers.
THIRD QUARTER 2017
APTD On-Demand study course available September 1, 2017, for 2018 exams.
September 13-30: First offering of exam will be delivered; space will be limited.
FOURTH QUARTER 2017
Scores will be available for the first administration.
Registration opens for 2018.
For a complete guide to APTD policies and procedures, please download and thoroughly read the APTD 2018 Certification Handbook (PDF)
*APTD 2017 Certification Handbook, applies to pilot candidates only.
APTD at a Glance:
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.
For a complete list of FAQs please download this PDF.
ATD CI is eager to gather input and expertise from a cross-section of talent development professionals, managers and supervisors, CPLP credential holders, and the ATD community to shape the program. Be on the lookout for future opportunities to contribute your ideas. More details will be posted on this page as they become available. Check back often!
We invite you to engage with ATD CI as we work together on this new initiative. If you have questions, please email ATD CI at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.