Helpful Resources

Learn more about the new with these videos, how-to blogs, and frequently asked questions.
Helpful Resources
Friday, November 17, 2017
This video provides a brief overview of the new ATD website. You’ll see how easy it is to find content on important topics in talent development, connect with other ATD members and experts in a vibrant virtual community, and...
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I log into my account?
Go to and click “Sign In.”
How can I set my preferences?
  • Go to and click “Sign In.”
  • Hover over your name and in the drop down menu, click on My Account.
  • In the My Account section, go to the left-hand navigation menu, and click on Set Email Preferences and/or Communications Preferences.
How can I make my profile private?
Please Note: Making your profile privates removes all your contributions on the site. Additionally, you can no longer be followed or follow other members of the community.
  • Go to and click “Sign In.”
  • Hover over your name and in the drop down menu, choose Privacy Settings.
  • In the Privacy Settings, there is an option to make your Profile private.
  • On the same page (if you are an ATD member) you may also disable contact from other members through the Member Directory.
What changes are on the new site?
  • Access content more easily. On the new site, content is categorized by 14 mega topics to help you find what you’re looking for in a variety of formats—articles, blogs, books, education programs, events, videos, webcasts, and other resources and tools.
  • Engage with the global community to share content. Our new site features a robust online community where members can share content by writing a blog post, starting a discussion, adding photos and videos, or sharing files. You’ll be able to comment on colleagues’ posts, follow one another, bookmark something for later reading, and more.
  • Enhance your value for membership. All members (Professional and Professional Plus) have access to all online content on the website. And, after January 1, Professional Plus members will be able to choose one of 11 ATD Education courses (online, self-paced) per year for professional development.
How can I participate in the online community?
  • Go to and click “Sign In.”
  • Hover over your name and profile and click the "My Newsfeed" link.
  • In this section, you’ll see content that is mapped to the topics you choose to follow. You can see who from the community is following you and whom you’ve chosen to follow in the Followers and Following tabs.
  • Another way to engage with others is to join a public group. Navigate to the Groups section and find all the groups you can join. By visiting one of the group pages, you’ll see the recent content posted and a link to where you can participate in the group discussion.

This blog explains how to engage in the online ATD community in more detail.
How can I access my member benefits on the site?
  • Go to and click “Sign In”
  • Next, click on “Member Center.” Scroll down the page to see links to all of your member benefits. In addition, you can participate in contributing content to the site (a new feature!) directly from this page, or claim your free member benefits like e-books or research reports.
How can I find my local ATD chapter?
  • An important part of the broader ATD community is connecting with other talent development professionals in your local area.
  • To find the ATD chapter that’s closest to you, locate the chapters link at the top of the site, and click on "Chapter Locator."
  • Enter in your zip code and you’ll see the closest chapters to you.
  • Once you’ve identified your closest chapter, click on their website to learn more about the chapter’s activities and opportunities to get involved.
How can I write a blog or contribute to the site in other ways?
On ATD’s new website, members have special privileges—only ATD members can contribute content on the site or join and participate in groups. Here’s how you can participate:
  • Go to and click “Sign In.”
  • After signing in, at the top of the site, hover over your name and profile and click “Contribute.”
  • Next, you’ll see several options for how to contribute (Write a Blog, etc.). As you click on each one, the system will open a text box or prompt you to locate the file you wish to contribute.
  • A few notes to keep in mind as you contribute content:
    • Please ensure the content you contribute is your own and follows the requirements in section 9 of ATD’s Terms of Use.
    • The default language for all community content is English, although any content may be translated into Chinese.
    • Be sure to review and spell-check what you are writing before you submit it!
How do I follow topics on the website or follow the postings by another member or subject matter expert?
  • Go to and click “Sign In.”
  • In the top left, hover over Explore Content. You’ll see the 14 main topics by which ATD website content is organized (in alphabetical order).
  • To learn more about the kinds of articles the topic includes, click on the link for that topic.
  • If you’d like to follow a topic, click on "Follow." Following a topic means that the articles and blogs that are posted on the website about this topic will be visible in your news feed each time you log into the ATD website.
  • If you are interested in following another member or subject matter expert because the content they post is interesting to you, find that person’s name, click on it, and then you will be given the option to follow him or her. This means that all content posted by this author will appear in your news feed when you log into the ATD website.
  • To review the topics or subject matter experts that you’re following, you can always check that by heading back to the “Topics I follow” link.
How can I find an ATD Education program?
  • Go to and click “Sign In.”
  • Find the “Learn & Develop” section in the top navigation.
  • Several opportunities will be presented to you to navigate to ATD’s education programs by role or delivery method.
  • If you’re interested in receiving course recommendations, ATD’s Education Learning Roadmap may be a good choice.
  • At any time, you may choose to search all ATD Education courses if you’d like to browse the 100+ offerings.
Are topics the same as what used to be called Communities of Practice?
Members and customers are interested to learn about the topics in the ATD Competency Model, and have told us that they look for more specificity when searching for content on our site. As site visitors have become more comfortable with our communities of practice, they begun searching more deeply by topic. We anticipate that categorizing our website content by topics will help members and all site visitors find what they’re looking for more easily.