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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.

Am I Eligible for the APTD?

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.

Program Guidelines

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

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

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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