Associate Professional in Talent Development

Earn the APTD certification and differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.

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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.

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Learn More About the APTD

Learn more about the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential.

Are you ready to apply? Make sure you meet eligibility requirements including overall years of experience and a minimum number of professional development hours completed.

The APTD exam content is grounded in the Talent Development Capability Model. This model is a research-backed framework of the 23 capabilities TD professionals need to be successful, now and in the future.

“[APTD] allowed me to measure myself against my peers, reassured me that I have some measurable competency, and reinforced my decision to enter into and stick with the talent development field.”
—Kristin Gebhart, APTD

Hear From Recent APTD Certified Professionals
Curious about whether this certification is right for you?

View this video to hear from recent APTD certification holders about their decision to pursue the certification and the impact the certification has had on their career.