APTD & CPTD Certifications

Value of Certification

Have you considered elevating and validating 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's Talent Development Capability Model™, 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 skills
    • Differentiate you in a competitive market
    • Broaden your career opportunities
    • Join an elite professional community

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Certifications are offered by the Association for Talent Development (ATD) https://www.td.org/certification

At a minimum, study preparation typically includes:

The Talent Development Body of Knowledge

Submitting an application to test:



Practice Tests now available for purchase.

Registration & Study Materials

When registering for the CPTD or APTD and ordering any materials from ATD, please include the chip code CH8091, which will provide financial support to the chapter.

This code can be used for all books, materials or workshops you purchase from the national ATD site. 


  • 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 the credential.
  • Recertification points may be earned through a variety of activities including continuing education on topics outlined in the ATD Capability Model.
  • Earn recertification points, required to maintain your certification status, by attending Orange County chapter events. Points earned can be found on each event's registration page.

2024 Spring Cohort (Click the links to register)

2024 Fall Cohort (Click the links to register)

    • Info Session: TBD
    • Cohort: TBD

ATD-Orange County is part of a Virtual Multi-Chapter Study Group that offers two CPTD preparation series each year (Spring and Fall).

As a member of the ATD - Orange County, this study group is FREE.

Contact ocoffice@atdoc.org for the chapter's discount code.  

If you are not already a member, please consider joining  the Orange County chapter to participate in this study group and have access to all the benefits of membership! 

This CPTD Virtual Multi-Chapter Study Group is coordinated through the Rocky Mountain Chapter.

If you are interested in preparing for the APTD exam, explore the APTD study groups hosted through other chapters.

Each CPTD study group series begins with a free information session,
which will be posted on our website.

Visit ATD - Orange County Calendar of Events 

to find the next session and cohort or click here .

If you would like to speak to a ATD - Orange County Member about their experience earning the certification, please email certifications@atdoc.org.

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