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Why Pursue a Certification from ATD

There are many reasons to want to earn a professional certification. Hear directly from current APTDs and CPTDs as they answer the question "Why did you decide to pursue a certification from ATD?"

Explore Our Talent Development Certifications
Which one is right for you?
Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)
Discover our APTD ceritifcation—for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on the foundational areas of talent development.
  • The capabilities covered in the APTD exam are the basics of talent development that professionals can use every day, no matter the level within an organization or company.
  • Are you ready for the APTD exam? Ensure success with these study tools and prep courses.
  • Differentiate yourself in a competitive job market. Register for the APTD exam and validate your knowledge and skills in the field.
Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)
You are taking a critical step in your professional development by exploring your CPTD certification. Successful CPTDs report that the process of getting their credential was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowing them to learn, give back to the profession, and make a positive impact on their careers.
  • The CPTD covers a subset of the knowledge and skills from the Talent Development Capability Model, focusing on skills application and decision-making for more experienced prof... Learn More
  • Ready to start your journey? Boost your confidence and knowledge with prep courses and study tools.
  • Becoming certified can build your skills, increase your earning potential, broaden your career opportunities, and unite you with an elite community of professionals.
Get the advice you need to help you determine which certification is right for you!
Have questions? Download our FAQs or sign up for a zoom call to meet current APTDs and CPTDs and ask them your questions directly. Email [email protected] with any lingering questions or to request a discussion with a Certification Specialist.


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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 and share the pdf with four reasons to support certification.

Resources to Help Convince Your Boss
See What Has Changed With the APTD and CPTD (formerly CPLP) Programs
With the 2020 release of ATD's Talent Development Capability Model both the APTD and CPLP exams changed. Learn more about the changes here 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 CPTDs
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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Heather Tilton shares how the APTD has impacted her career, her motivation to earn the certification, and a few tips on preparing for the exam. Learn and consider earning your APTD & be part of this exclusive group of...
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