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Associate Professional in Talent Development


The ATD Certification Institute's  Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a certification for talent development professionals who are in the early part of their careers or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few areas of expertise. The competencies included in the APTD are the basics of talent development that professionals can use every day, no matter the level within an organization or company. It may be a destination for some or a stepping stone to the CPLP for others.

APTD Competencies from ATD Competency Model

What Topics are Covered?

The APTD focuses primarily on three areas of expertise (AOEs) from the ATD Competency Model: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Learning Technologies. Evaluating Learning Impact and the foundational competency of Global Mindset also will be included in questions from the main AOEs throughout the exam. These competencies were identified by the research as core building blocks for talent development professionals.

Who is It For?

The typical APTD credential holder has 3-5 years of experience in talent development in a role that is primarily focused on training delivery or instructional design. Fifteen percent of the candidates who have earned the APTD so far are in a management role.

Learn more at the ATD Certification Institute

The ATDChi CPLP Scholarship

Each year since 2018, ATDChi with the support of our gold sponsor, CARA Group, as selected a worthy APTD candidate to receive a scholarship to support them to prepare for and take the APTD exam.  Check the criteria for application and the current status of this year's APTD scholarship,  go to the CPLP/APTD Scholarship page.


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