With the release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model there have been 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 (legacy) APTD pages if you are a current candidate originally scheduled to test before June 30, 2020.
To be eligible for the APTD program, candidates must:
Have at least three years of work experience** in the talent development field or related discipline. Related disciplines include human resources, higher education or similar AND
Complete 28 hours of professional development in talent development** within the last three years.
Examples of Professional Development
In-person, virtual, or self-paced courses offered through ATD or other education providers
Education sessions at TD events like conferences and workshops, including Chapter and Member Network events
Courses and certificate programs offered by higher education
Webinars & webcasts
Note: Any ATD Masters Series program completed in the last three years will count toward the full professional development requirement.
Have questions on the new eligibility requirements? Watch this short video.
The APTD Certification Handbook is the technical guide for the APTD program and provides individuals with everything they need to understand to complete the certification process. This is the primary source for APTD program support and is a must read for candidates.
To review eligibility guidelines in more detail, download the APTD Handbook below:
2020 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook
Work experience is defined as on-the-job experience, working with adults, performing talent development activities as described in the Developing Professional Capability and/or Impacting Organizational Capability domains of the Talent Development Capability Model.
Professional Development for eligibility is defined as the following kinds of activities when where the content covered falls into the Building Professional Capability and the Impacting Organizational Capability domains of the Talent Development Capability Model. Content from concepts found in the Developing Personal Capability domain are not applicable for eligibility. Courses designed to prepare you for APTD certification exams may be applicable, if preapproved. ATD’s new preparation courses for the updated APTD can be reported for a total of 20 hours of professional development eligibility. See the APTD Certification Handbook for more information.
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