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APTD Certification Preparation Course

The complete APTD exam prep program that you can personalize and adapt to meet your study needs

The APTD Certification Preparation Course helps a TD professional prepare for the APTD exam with content review, test prep strategies, a full practice exam, and more. The APTD prep course is an on demand course that includes access to an expert facilitator and the Talent Development Body of Knowledge. Access it through a 12 month subscription.

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On Demand
Credits: CEU 2.8 MORE
Level: Foundational
Role(s): Trainer More
Language(s): English

Pricing

$1,295
Member
$1,495
Non-member
Course Info

This comprehensive learning experience gives you everything you need to get ready for the APTD—the certification for talent development professionals in the early parts of their careers or whose roles and aspirations are focused on foundational areas in the field. A flexible and self-paced approach gives you access to the content and resources immediately upon enrolling and for 12 months after to ensure you can prepare right up to your exam date. The course uses an adaptive, assessment-based... Read More

This comprehensive learning experience gives you everything you need to get ready for the APTD—the certification for talent development professionals in the early parts of their careers or whose roles and aspirations are focused on foundational areas in the field. A flexible and self-paced approach gives you access to the content and resources immediately upon enrolling and for 12 months after to ensure you can prepare right up to your exam date. The course uses an adaptive, assessment-based approach to allow you to customize your learning and dive into the content you need most to learn. With a robust set of microlearning resources tailored for busy professionals and with an expert facilitator and community of candidates, you will be guided through an end-to-end study path. Leave the course feeling confident to take the exam.

The course presents the content from the Talent Development Capability Model and prepares you to prove your mastery of the knowledge on the exam. Through the development of short- and long-term goals and action items tied to exam preparation strategies, you’ll create an individualized study plan that identifies what you need to focus on to achieve your goal of becoming certified. You’ll also get access to a full-length practice exam, allowing you to fully explore the types of questions to expect on exam day. Course features include:

Content Review. Use your personalized study plan to go as in-depth as needed on targeted learning assets, each designed to cover a key area within the Talent Development Capability Model. Move through the course at your own pace.

Expert-Led Discussions and Feedback. Participate in discussions, post questions, and connect with other participants to share knowledge and experience. Leverage the knowledge of your facilitator and peers to prepare for the credentialing experience.

Exam Preparation Strategies. Get access to valuable study tips, guidance on setting goals and planning your study methods for maximum effectiveness, and approaches for optimizing your exam day experience.

Adaptive Self-Assessments. Complete confidence checks to assess your readiness on the content and customize your experience with pre- and post-assessments that allow you to focus your time and energy where it will make the most impact.

Interactive Scenario-Based Activities. Ensure your mastery of the concepts, theories, and models tested on the exam through a variety of interactive and reflective exercises.

Learning Resources. Explore a range of engaging media including videos, podcasts, infographics, checklists, job aids, and full access to the Talent Development Body of Knowledge—a comprehensive e-publication that is included in your registration fee.

Complete Practice Exam. Practice the test-taking experience and build the confidence needed to be successful on the APTD exam. Read Less

What Will you Learn
  • Core content from the Talent Development Body of Knowledge that aligns to the exam specifications
  • Application of the content through stories from expert credential holders
  • Approaches for studying and preparing for the APTD certification exam
  • How to apply test-taking strategies covered in the course on the practice exam to build your confidence

Add on a 2-Day Live Workshop

Supplement your on demand course experience by adding on this two-day workshop (available live online). Get a deeper dive on the content you need most and increase your confidence before taking the exam.

Learn More About the APTD

The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a certification for TD professionals with at least three years of experience—those who are in the early parts of their careers or whose roles and aspirations are focused on foundational areas of the field.

Access the Talent Development Capability Model

Action is easy when you have the right framework. Discover the knowledge and skills that will empower the growth and development of talent development professionals.

Who Should Attend

This preparation course is ideal if you:

  • are in the early part of your career or in a role that’s focused on foundational areas in the field
  • have decided that a professional certification aligns to your career goals
  • meet the eligibility criteria for the APTD certification:
    • three years of work experience in talent development and 28 hours or professional development within the last three years. For eligibility details, visit td.org/certification
  • have earned an ATD Master Series designation and would like to focus on gaining more in-depth knowledge of other capability areas in talent development.
Level: Foundational
Roles: Trainer, Instructional Designer, E-Learning Professional
Language: English
What Our Participants Are Saying
Jennifer Mohr
Jennifer Mohr, APTD
Senior eLearning Developer

"The Preparing for the APTD: On-Demand Course was the key driver in helping to prepare me for the APTD exam. Not only could I access it conveniently whenever and wherever I was, the workshop analyzed which areas I needed to focus on more. Without the workshop, I wouldn’t have been as prepared for the exam and the way the questions were worded."

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Laurie Zeller, APTD
SERVICE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST

"The Preparing for the APTD: On-Demand Course helped me to confidently prepare for the APTD. The course software adapted questions as I answered and then guided me to the most appropriate topics I needed to review further."

Heather Reed
Heather Reed, APTD

“Right away, as I began studying to become an APTD, I could apply the material to my work. Having a project to apply my studies to made all the difference. It made the material come alive.”

Facilitators
Aya Medhat
Dana Vogelmeier
Marla Albertie
Seema Menon
Frequently Asked Questions
I am not sure if the APTD certification is right for me. Are there resources that will help me decide?
Yes, please visit the APTD Certification website for resources to assess your readiness.
I have questions about the APTD certification. May I speak with someone before I enroll?
Yes, please contact Wendy Luikart, Certification Specialist, at [email protected] or 703.838.5842.
I was already planning to take the APTD exam before the ATD Certification Institute announced the changes to the APTD certification. What do I do?
On January 30, notifications were sent to all candidates providing them with options related to the exam changes. Please visit http://td.org/certification for specific details. You may also contact Wendy Luikart, Certification Specialist, at [email protected] or 703.838.5842.
What parts of the Talent Development Capability Model are covered on the APTD certification exam?
The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a credential for TD professionals with at least three years of experience—those who are in the early parts of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on foundational areas of the field.

The APTD focuses on a subset of capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model and covers all three domains of practice:
  • Personal Capabilities - 20%
  • Professional Capabilities - 50%
  • Organizational Capabilities - 30%

Click here to view the detailed test content outline for the APTD.
What will I get from a preparation course that I won’t get from studying on my own?
The preparation course is designed to be a comprehensive learning experience that will give you the confidence you need to take the exam. You will receive:
  • Core content from the Talent Development Body of Knowledge ™ that aligns to the exam content outline.
  • Customized learning that will allow you to dive into the content you most need to learn so you won’t waste time studying what you already know.
  • Application of the content through stories from expert credential holders.
  • Approaches for studying and preparing for the APTD certification exam.
  • Full-length practice exam that allows you to assess your readiness in real-time with instant scoring
What resources do I get access to in this preparation course, included in the registration fee?
With the purchase of the course, you’ll get immediate access to customizable resources that will span the entire length of your preparation process:

Personalized Study Plan. The course uses an adaptive, assessment-based approach to allow you to create a personalized learning plan and dive into the content you need most to learn.

Content Review. Use your personalized study plan to go as in-depth as needed on targeted learning assets, each designed to cover a key area within the Talent Development Capability Model. Move through the course at your own pace.

Expert-Led Discussions and Feedback. Participate in discussions, post questions, and connect with other participants to share knowledge and experience. Leverage the knowledge of your facilitator and peers to prepare for the credentialing experience.

Exam Preparation Strategies. Get access to valuable study tips, guidance on setting goals and planning your study methods for maximum effectiveness, and approaches for optimizing your exam day experience.

Adaptive Self-Assessments. Complete confidence checks to assess your readiness on the content and customize your experience with pre- and post-assessments that allow you to focus your time and energy where it will make the most impact.

Interactive Scenario-Based Activities. Ensure your mastery of the concepts, theories, and models tested on the exam through a variety of interactive and reflective exercises.

Learning Resources. Explore a range of engaging media including videos, podcasts, infographics, checklists, job aids, and full access to the Talent Development Body of Knowledge—a comprehensive e-publication that is included in your registration fee.

Complete Practice Exam. Practice the test-taking experience and build the confidence needed to be successful on the APTD exam.
The Talent Development Body of Knowledge is included in my preparation course enrollment. How will I access that resource?
You will access the complete Talent Development Body of Knowledge through ATD’s Bookshelf application (available through a link within the preparation course) or smaller sections via links to specific learning references throughout the course so you can easily read further about a particular topic. Detailed access instructions will be provided in the course.
I want to take a practice test. Is that included in my preparation course enrollment?
Yes, with the purchase of the APTD preparation course you will receive access to a complete practice exam allowing you to rehearse the test-taking experience and build the confidence needed to be successful on the exam.
How long will the course take me to complete?
The course uses an adaptive, assessment-based approach to allow you to customize your learning and dive into the content you most need to learn. While the preparation course provides 28 learning hours/2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), we anticipate that most candidates will spend more time on overall preparation. On average, candidates have reported spending 40-60 hours preparing for the APTD exam.
Will I get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing the preparation course?
Yes, you will receive 2.8 CEUs upon successful completion of this course.
Will I receive a certificate of completion for completing the preparation course?
No, certificates of completion are not awarded for preparation courses.
May I use the preparation course toward the professional development hours requirement for the APTD exam?
Yes, the APTD preparation course will provide 20 hours of learning toward the APTD requirement of 28 hours of professional development.
How long will I have access to the on demand preparation course?
You will have access to the on demand course for 12 months from your registration date.
Once I enroll in the preparation course, how do I get access?
You will be able to launch the course after enrolling by visiting http://courses.td.org. Please note it could take up to 15 minutes after enrollment for your course to appear. A notification with detailed instructions will also be sent to your email.
If I need to retake the APTD exam after my first attempt will I need to register and pay again for the preparation course?
You will receive a 12-month subscription with the purchase of the APTD preparation course. During that timeframe, you may access the course as many times as needed.
I am planning to take the APTD exam in the near future. What is the ideal time to start the preparation course?
Every candidate is unique, but we recommend allowing a minimum of six months to study for the exam. If you are newer to the profession, you may want to add additional time. Learn more about the APTD Certification.
Am I able to access the course through an app? Is it available offline?
You may access the course via your ATD login at http://courses.td.org on any device. The course is not available offline.
Is the course available in languages other than English?
At this time the course is only available in English. For more information about global resources for the APTD Certification, please contact Wendy Luikart, Certification Specialist, at [email protected] or 703.838.5842.
Are there special rates for teams who want to enroll as a group for the preparation course?
Yes, please contact an ATD Enterprise Solutions Account Executive here for more information on how to receive special rates for group training.

Things To Know

ATTENDANCE

On Demand

Full completion of the program within the one-year access period is mandatory in order to receive CEUs. Participants who complete all aspects of the program will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal.

If applicable, a certificate will be issued to you through the ATD Learning Portal at the end of the program.

CREDITS

28.0 Learning Hours

2.8 CEUs awarded

20.0 Professional Development Hours toward initial certification eligibility for the APTD credential from the ATD Certification Institute. Course must be completed before it can be reported.

ATD LEARNING PORTAL

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TRANSFERS/CANCELLATIONS

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