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Value of certification

Have you considered elevating your talents and capabilities by becoming a Certified Profession in Talent Development (CPTD) or an Associate Professional in Talent Development. 

Based on the Association for Talent Development capability model, CPTD and APTD candidates are esteemed credentials provided to talent development professionals who successfully complete the requirements. The preparation is an intense process that takes several months and has many benefits:

  • Build and validate skills
  • Differentiate you in a competitive market
  • Broaden your career opportunities
  • Join an elite professional community

About the model

The CPTD is grounded in the Capabilities model and covers a subset of knowledge and skills, and focuses on the application of knowledge and decision making. 

How is the APTD different from the CPTD?

The APTD designation is intended for those early in their career with three to five years of experience in talent development. The primary focus of the APTD is around three areas of expertise:

  1. Training delivery
  2. Instructional design 
  3. Learning technologies

Evaluating learning impact and the foundational competency of Global Mindset are also included in questions.

For more information, access the ATD website.

Upcoming study group schedule

Having a support system during your preparation can be extremely beneficial for your success. The ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter (ATD VOS) partners with several other chapters to offer a virtual study group to support both the CPTD and the APTD.

The study group is free to members of the ATD VOS chapter.

For non-chapter individuals, it is $50 for CPTD and $25 for APTD candidates. 

2021 Spring Study Group
  • Attend the free information session on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5:30 MST.  
Click here to register for the information session. 
  • The cohort will run Tuesdays, March 2 through May 18, 2021 at 5:30 - 7:30 MST.
    (time will change to 4:30 - 6:30 pm from March 16 - May 18)
2021 Fall Study Group
  • Attend the free information session on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 5:30 MST.  
  • The cohort will run Tuesdays, August 31 through November 16, 2021 at 4:30 - 6:30 MST. 
    (time will change to 5:30 - 7:30 pm on November 9 and November 16) 

Send an email to Trudy Dave at CPLP@atdvos.org for more information and to get the ATD VOS registration code after your membership has been confirmed.

More CPTD Resources

Once you decide to proceed, knowing where to find resources is valuable while you are in the process of preparing for the certification.

Click here to access the national ATD CPTD site and here for the APTD site. From those sites, you’ll find everything you need to complete the process.

One of the resources available is an interactive guide that will help you assess your skills, create a study plan, prepare for your exam and complete the test.

Order study materials

When registering for the CPTD or APTD and ordering any materials from ATD, please include the chip code CH8062 which will provide a credit to the Valley of the Sun chapter. This code can be used for all books, materials or workshops you purchase from the national ATD site.


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