ATD's Newest Credential for Trainers and Instructional Designers

Earn the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) certification and differentiate yourself in a competitive job market.

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Associate Professional in Talent Development Credential

The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is a certification for talent development professionals who are in the early stages of their career or who are focused on training delivery, instructional design, or learning technologies. Build your knowledge, prove your worth, grow your network, and boost your career with the APTD certification. The areas of expertise covered by the APTD exam are those shaded in orange on the competency model diagram to the right.

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The Preparing for the APTD On-Demand course is delivered on a platform that adapts in real time to your behavior and performance to make learning efficient, effective, and engaging. Only spend time learning what you need to learn.
The APTD Learning System includes content and practice questions for the Areas of Expertise (AOEs) covered by the APTD exam.
This interactive workshop includes reflective exercises to help you identify your knowledge gaps, and create a plan to prepare. We will also explore post-workshop study tips to help provide you with additional focus and support.
This certification will focus primarily on three AOEs: Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Learning Technologies. These competencies are the core building blocks for trainers and are part of the ATD Competency Model.
“{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.

Advance Your Career. Demonstrate Your Value. Validate Your Knowledge.