Have you considered elevating your talents and capabilities by becoming a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) or an Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)?
Based on the Association for Talent Development (ATD) capability model *, the CPTD and APTD 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 your 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 it focuses on the application of knowledge and decision making.

Learn more at: https://tdcapability.org/#/

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 threeareas 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 at https://www.td.org/aptdlearnmore

Upcoming Schedule

Having a support system during your preparation can be extremely beneficial for your success. The Golden Gate Chapter 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 partner chapters. For non-chapter individuals, it is $100 for CPTD and $50 for APTD candidates.

Support for the 2021 APTD and CPTD Fall testing windows


  • Virtual Study Group dates: Aug 31 – Nov 16, every Tuesday night from 4:30 to 6:30 pm PDT. Last date to join this group is September 15.
  • Be prepared for APTD May & July testing window or CPTD June & August testing window.

If you missed the Information Session, watch a recording of it here.

Ready to sign up for the study group?  Click HERE

Order Study Materials

When registering for the CPTD or the APTD and ordering an materials from ATD, please include the CHiP code #3008 which will provide a credit to the Golden Gate Chapter.  This code can be used for all books, materials, workshops or conferences you purchase from the national ATD site.

The Golden Gate Chapter Coordinator is Remy Biglow who you can reach out to with any questions.