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.
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 covers a subset of foundational knowledge from the Talent Development Capability Model and how to use that knowledge in talent development. It is focused on the capabilities required for successful performance by early career professionals. These areas were identified by the research as core building blocks for talent development professionals.
*Note: Information, pricing, and fees are subject to change. For the most up-to-date info, please visit: www.td.org/certification.
What is the Full Exam Format?
What is Covered on the Exam?
The APTD focuses on a subset of capabilities from the Talent Development Capability Model and how to use that knowledge in talent development. It covers all three domains:
How Much Does it Cost?
How do I Register for the Exam?
When and Where Can I Take the Exam?
APTD Candidates use a variety of resources to prepare depending upon the way they study best: