The ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI) currently supports two professional credentials that are based on the 10 areas of expertise (AOEs) outlined in the ATD Competency Model:
- Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD): The APTD is intended for talent development professionals who are early in their careers or who are focused on more narrow areas of expertise. The program eligibility starts at three years of work experience. There is one exam, and it covers the training delivery, instructional design, and learning technologies AOEs. More information on the APTD can be found here: td.org/certification/aptd.
- Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP): The CPLP is intended for talent development professionals with five or more years of full-time professional work experience in talent development as well as broad knowledge of the talent development field. To earn the CPLP, professionals must successfully complete two exams. These are the Knowledge Exam, which covers the 10 areas of expertise, and the Skills Application Exam, which focuses on only one AOE (training delivery, instructional design, or managing learning programs). More information on the CPLP can be found here: td.org/certification/cplp.