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.

What to Expect from the APTD Exam

What is the Full Exam Format?

  • Exam time: 2 hours
  • Exam length: 115 multiple choice questions
  • Computer-based exam at conveniently located testing centers worldwide

What is Covered on the Exam?

Download the APTD exam's content outline for a guide to what is covered.

The APTD focuses on a subset of capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model and covers all three domains:

  • Personal Capabilities - 20%
  • Professional Capabilities - 50%
  • Organizational Capabilities - 30%

How Much Does it Cost?

  • Exam fee: $499 (members); $699 (non-members)
  • The exam fee covers a testing seat for the APTD exam, exam score report, and APTD certificate once certification is achieved.

How do I Register for the Exam?

  • To register for the exam go to the APTD Application system (access will be available starting April 8). If it is your first time in the application system, you may need to complete additional fields and indicate that you are interested in the APTD program.
  • If you require accommodations, please submit an ADA application 10 weeks before your selected testing window so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

When and Where Can I Take the Exam?

  • Exams can be taken at testing centers around the world.
  • The registration deadlines are approximately 30 days before each testing window begins.
  • The testing windows for the second half of 2020 are listed below with their respective registration deadlines.

Upcoming APTD Exam Windows and Deadlines

Registration Opens

Registration Deadline

Exam Window

Score Notifications

April 8, 2020

June 6, 2020

July 6-30, 2020


April 8, 2020

August 2, 2020

September 2-23, 2020


April 8, 2020

October 4, 2020

November 4-25, 2020


*This deadline and window have been extended to accommodate candidate volume

Click here to find the test center closest to your address.

If you have additional questions about the APTD exam, please email or call a Certification Specialist at 703-838-5842

2020 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook