The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) is 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 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.
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.