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ATD Learning System: APTD Edition

The ATD Learning System: APTD Edition is an essential digital reference covering the core areas of expertise needed by talent development professionals
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The ATD Learning System: APTD Edition provides digital reference material and resources about the four areas of expertise (AOEs) used most frequently by talent development professionals: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, Learning Technologies and Evaluating Learning Impact. It also includes excellent resource material about building a Global Mindset. This version of the ATD Learning System covers all of the topics that are included on the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) exam and is the official study resource for individuals preparing to take the APTD exam. The Learning System is a subscription product available for 12 months from the time of purchase.

Features of the digital format:

  • Portable: The ATD Learning System is an online resource that can go with you anywhere you go. It can be accessed on any device through an EReader platform
  • Customizable: Add notes, bookmark frequently referenced material, and highlight key passages
  • Searchable: The ATD Learning System can be quickly searched to find information on key topics and best practices
  • Learner Focused: The Learning System includes interactive quizzes, a Master Glossary of terms and a Study Guide that can be used by ATD Chapters or individuals forming virtual or in-person study groups
  • Current and timely. The content and updates focus on the latest professional practices. Each time you log in you have the most up-to-date content.
Frequently Asked Questions
The APTD Edition of the Learning System includes the four areas of expertise most needed by talent development professionals.
What topics are covered by the ATD Learning System: APTD Edition?

The ATD Learning System: APTD Edition provides resource material on four core areas of expertise: Training Delivery, Instructional Design, Learning Technologies and Evaluating Learning Impact. It also includes content on buiding a Global Mindset. It is the official study resource for individuals preparing to take the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) exam.

What are the features of the digital version of the Learning System?

The digital version of the ATD Learning System is a subscription product, available for one year from date of purchase.

  • Portable:The ATD Learning System: APTD Edition is available for you to access anywhere on any device. Work offline when internet is not available; all notes, bookmarks, and highlights will be synchronized when you go back online.
  • Customizable: Take notes, bookmark key points, highlight, and adjust the font size to tailor your copy.
  • Current and timely: The content and updates focus on the latest professional practices. Each time you log in you have the most up-to-date content.
  • Searchable: Reliable information on topics of interest can be quickly found by searching this essential digital resource.
  • Learner Focused: Learning System chapters are designed to help you focus your test preparation efforts and include key knowledge content aligned to each Area of Expertise. You will also have access to interactive quizzes and links to related content within the Learning System, outside resources, and terms in the Master Glossary.
Is the ATD Learning System available in a hard copy format?

A hard-copy version is available for an additional fee; you must purchase the ATD Learning System subscription to be eligible to purchase the Print Option.

  • Print Option copy is current as of the date of printing.
  • Updates are available for print in your My Downloads folder.
  • The Print Option ships to you with tabs and a three-ring binder.

You may order the ATD Learning System: APTD Edition in digital format only or you may also add the Print Option separately. This option is a one-time purchase available only to purchasers of the ATD Learning System. One Print Option copy per online Learning System Purchased. This is a custom product, made to order at the time of purchase from the latest content.

The Print Option order cannot be canceled or refunded once the order is placed.

Is the Learning System based on reputable sources and references?

ATD has a long history of partnership with the most influential leaders in the training and development industry. ATD enlisted these subject matter experts (SMEs) in each Area of Expertise along with veteran credential holders, ATD staff, and learning consultants to create and design the Learning System. Combined, this brain trust equals hundreds of years of deep expertise and thought leadership in the training and development field.

ATD defined the ATD Competency Model and then built the Learning System based on that foundation. The Learning System content aligns to the ATD Competency Model™ and is derived from multiple sources. The content necessary to study for the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential is consolidated in this version of the ATD Learning System so that you don't have to buy and read multiple books—what you need to know and study is in one accessible resource. For your reference, bibliographies and citations at the ends of chapters list the works used to prepare the Learning System.

What are the system requirements for the Learning System?

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