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The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a professional certification 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.

An APTD understands that well-designed talent development strategies and solutions contribute to organizational success and has a strong grounding in the foundational knowledge of the field.

What Topics are Covered?

The APTD covers a subset of foundational knowledge from the Talent Development Capability Model required for successful performance by early career professionals. These capabilities were identified by the research as core building blocks for talent development professionals.

Download the 2020 APTD content outline for a detailed overview of what knowledge and skill statements are covered on the new exam.

Who is It For?

The typical APTD credential holder has 3-5 years of experience in talent development. Fifteen percent of the candidates who have earned the APTD so far are in a management role.

Many of our APTD candidates are “accidental trainers” without formal education in training and development. Some work full time in the field, while others work half time. The APTD is the first certification from ATD CI that welcomes professionals from other fields who have at least 50% of their time devoted to talent development activities.

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