Apply and Register for the APTD Exam

Instructions for applying for the APTD Exam

Applying for the APTD Exam

Congratulations, you've decided to start your journey towards earning the APTD. You're on your way to elevating your talent development career!

Before You Begin:

  • Download the APTD Certification Handbook
  • Be sure you have an login and password. If you do not have a account, you can create one here. For assistance, contact ATD Customer Care at 800.628.2783.

Completing the Application

Click here to go to the APTD Application system. If it is your first time in the application system, you may need to complete additional demographic fields and indicate that you are interested in the APTD program.

To do this, select Supporting Requirements and then select Click to Respond, choose Associate Professional in Talent Development and click Submit.

Supporting Requirements ATD Certification

Choose Complete a Form. This will open the Forms Page.

APTD Candidate Application Form

Once there, click on APTD Application.

APTD Application Form

When completing the application, please be sure to fill in all areas as follows:

  • Current Employment Demographics
  • Formal Education
  • ATD Masters Series Program (Exam Waivers) -- if applicable
  • Employment Background
  • Demographic Information
  • Special Accommodations-- if applicable. Note: A written request must be received prior to filling out the application. Send request to Diane Daly at
  • Agreements

When you are done, click Submit Form at the bottom of the page. Incomplete applications will not be approved.

Your application will be reviewed by an ATD CI staff member within 5-7 business days. ATD CI Staff will email you with the results of the review and instructions about your next steps.

Register for the APTD Exam