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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

ATDChi APTD Scholarship Application now OPEN

With the assistance of our Gold Sponsor, CARA Group, ATDChi has established the APTD scholarships to assist a deserving individuals with the costs achieve the their APTD.    To qualify, you must be a full-time resident of the geographic region served by the ATD, Chicagoland Chapter and meet the criteria to apply for the APTD credential.  

The deadline to submit an application for the 2018 APTD Scholarship is Friday, July 7th, 2018.

Apply for the 2018 ATDChi APTD Scholarship


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