ATD Talent Development Capability Model

Both the CPTD® and the APTD®  are based upon the ATD Competency Model. The ATD Competency Model redefines the skills and knowledge required for talent development professionals to be successful now and in the future. It captures changes driven by digital, mobile, and social technology; demographic shifts; globalization; and economic forces. 

What is the CPTD?

The Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) is a professional certification for TD professionals with at least five years of experience. It is broad and measures a professional’s knowledge and skill application across the breadth of talent development capabilities.

Successful CPTDs report that the process of studying for and getting their CPTD designation was a tremendous growth opportunity, allowed them to both learn and give back to the profession, and made a positive impact on

Learn more about the CPTD here.

What is the APTD?

The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) will serve the needs of talent development professionals who are in the early part of their career or whose professional roles and aspirations are focused on a few AOEs. ATD frequently hears from practitioners the world that they are interested in differentiating their expertise, but with a narrower focus than the CPLP certification.

Learn more about the APTD here

Why Should I Get Certified?

There are many benefits of certification, visit the ATD website to learn more.

Benefits of certification 


ATD RMC is a pre-approved APTD and CPTD recertification provided from August 1 2020 to August 31, 2021.

                • The APTD® and CPTD® credentials are valid for three years.
                • APTDs must earn 40 recertification points and CPTDs must earn 60 recertification points every three years to maintain their credential.
                • Recertification points may be earned through a variety of activities including continuing education on topics outlined in the ATD Capability Model.
                • The ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter is a pre-approved provider of APTD & CPTD Recertification credits.

For more information visit the ATD website


Please visit the ATD website for information about exam windows. The study group is scheduled to end right at the opening of an exam window. 

APTD Exam Windows

CPTD Exam Windows


Fall Cohort

All meetings 5:30 - 7:30 PM MT


Contact the Certifications Director.




Regarding the study methods, I would say that our group was a tremendous help (thank you, thank you).  It kept me on track and I then went back to review the chapters, materials that we put together as a group, and completed the practice test questions provided by Owls Ledge, in addition to the CPLP.  The tests really helped me get used to testing and the types of questions I would encounter - it's been a long time since I've taken a test like this!

Again, thanks for everything!

Shannon W.

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