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 plus years of experience in talent development and CPTD is for those with five plus years.  The primary difference between APTD and CPTD I that the exam for APTD focuses on knowledge and the CPTD exam focuses on application.

For more information, access the ATD website at https://www.td.org/certification and read this article; https://www.td.org/atd-blog/the-aptd-or-the-cptd-that-is-the-question

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 $100 for APTD candidates.  Last day to register for the Spring 2022 cohort is March 14, 2022.”

Support for the 2022 APTD and CPTD Spring and Fall testing windows

Spring 2022

  • Virtual Study Group dates: March 8 – May 24, every Tuesday night from 4:30 to 6:30 pm PDT

Fall 2022

  • Virtual Study Group dates: Aug 30 – Nov 15, every Tuesday night from 4:30 to 6:30 pm PDT.
  • Be prepared for APTD May & July testing window or CPTD June & August testing window.

If you missed the 2021 Information Session, watch a recording of it here.  2022 Info Sessions will be held on March 1 and August 23.

Ready to sign up for the study group now?  Click HERE

Or sign up for the August 23 free information session first HERE.

Certification Resources

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.

Reach out to certifications@tdgoldengate.org  with any questions.

Refund Policy

Deadline is September 5 th for the Fall 2022 cohort. Refunds are available prior to the second scheduled session (September 5 for Fall), not including the information session.

Professional Development Points

The Golden Gate Chapter has been pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute to offer educational programs that can be used towards initial eligibility and recertification of the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credentials. This 12-week study group qualifies for a maximum of 22 points. Click here for more information about our chapter’s preapproval.