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The New Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Establish yourself in the talent development field.

How to Prepare for the APTD

There is no single, best way to prepare for the APTD examination. Preparation methods and duration all depend on a candidate’s personal experiences and knowledge base. There is not a mandatory test preparation or study requirement for the CPTD program, nor a preferred preparation method. However, below are some basic steps that we recommend to all candidates, as well as resources to assist in your study plan. (Please note: Study materials are not included as part of your exam fee, other than the resources provided below. Additional study materials are optional and may incur a fee).

In post-exam surveys, candidate report that they have spent an average of 40-60 hours preparing for the exam and have allowed three to six months for the process, including taking the exam.

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APTD Preparation Resources
Are you prepared for the APTD exam? Ensure success with these study tools.

The Talent Development Body of Knowledge is the definitive resource for the TD profession. It covers all 23 capabilities in the Talent Development Capability Model and can serve as an important resource for exam preparation.

On Demand Course

This on demand course helps a TD professional prepare for the APTD exam with content review, test prep strategies, a full practice exam, and more. It includes access to an expert facilitator and the Talent Development Body of Knowledge.

Add a live workshop to your on demand preparation course to take a deeper dive in the content you need most. Note: you must register for the course in order to enroll in this workshop.

Get advice to help you determine which type of preparation is best for you.
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2020 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook
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Registration is now open for the new APTD exam.
APTD and ATD Certification Is Changing in 2020
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.