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Why Should I Get Certified?

There are many reasons to pursue certification. Find your reason.
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When are you looking to become certified as an APTD or CPTD (formerly CPLP)?
I Was Originally Scheduled to Test Before June 30, on the Competency Model
The application deadlines have passed for the final testing windows for both credentials under the 2014 Competency Model. Current candidates of the legacy certification programs can find more information here.
  • Learn more about the competency model launched in 2014 which provides the base for certifications achieved through June 2020.
  • Explore the current APTD. Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
  • Explore the CPLP. Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
I Want to Test in the Updated Certification Programs, Based on the New Capability Model
If you are looking to pursue your ATD certification in July or later, with content based on the new Talent Development Capability Model, find find more information here on exam content, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and directions for applying.
  • Updated in late 2019 this model provides the base for certifications achieved after June 2020.
  • Explore the new APTD. Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.
  • Explore the CPTD (formerly CPLP). Learn more about what is covered on the exam, eligibility, preparation resources, exam dates, and how to apply.


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Convince Your Boss

To gain support from your supervisor to pursue the CPTD, or APTD credentials, download the letter templates below.

Resources to Help Convince Your Boss
See What Has Changed With the APTD and CPLP (now CPTD) Programs
With the recent release of ATD's new Talent Development Capability Model both the APTD and CPLP exams are changing, starting July 2020. Learn more about the changes below or watch our webcast replay where we discussed the changes, what drove them, and what that means for TD professionals pursuing a certification. Have questions? Check our FAQs.
Hear from APTDs and CPLPs
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
The industry’s newest credential, Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD), was designed and developed by the Certification Institute team to meet the needs expressed by professionals like you. You asked, we...
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