ATD Certification in 2020
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The New Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Establish yourself in the talent development field.
APTD and ATD Certification Is Changing in 2020
With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there will be changes to the APTD program. Explore the model to learn more about the new standard for talent development, see what is changing with ATD Certification overall, or go to the (current) APTD pages if you are ready to test before June 30, 2020.

Congratulations for deciding to embark on your journey to achieve the APTD credential! Applications open on April 8.


If you don't have an ATD login and password, please create a login at In the upper right corner you will see Sign In/Register or call ATD customer Care at 800.628.2783 for assistance.

NOTE: If you will require special accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Wendy Luikart at before beginning the application.

Complete the Application:

Note: Applications will open for the new APTD exam starting April 8. Additional directions for completing the application will be added at that time.

Changing Test Windows or Retesting: If you are a candidate with a current application on file with ATD CI, you were sent a personalized email on January 30 with information on how to switch to the new exam content. Action was required by March 15. If you did not receive the email, please contact

Need assistance? Contact or contact a Certification Specialist at 703-838-5842 for assistance with your questions

For more details about the APTD certification process, please download the APTD handbook below.

2020 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook