ATD's Stackable Credentials

Friday, October 27, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Holly Batts, Associate Director, ATD and Jason Pfaff, Director, Learning Innovation & Credentialing, Association for Talent Development

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, a stackable credential is “part of a sequence of credentials that can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications and help them to move along a career pathway or up a career ladder to different and potentially higher-paying jobs.”

From ongoing education to more achievement-focused certificates and certifications, ATD offers a depth of professional development offerings that serve talent development professionals throughout their careers. Drawing from an extensive offering of content, resources, courses, and certifications, ATD has created a stackable career development framework to guide talent development professionals who would like to engage with ATD to grow their knowledge, skills, and abilities in a structured and progressive way. This enables a flexible and customizable approach, with a progression that allows practitioners to apply the knowledge and skills gained in one stack toward other stacks, saving time and money now and throughout their entire careers. Join us to learn about this exciting new initiative from ATD.

You will learn how to:

  • Define a stackable framework and determine what it can do for you.
  • Traverse ATD’s six stacks and product offerings quickly and easily.
  • Build your own career development road map using the framework.
  • Create an aligned workforce planning road map for your team.


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Holly Batts
Holly Batts

Associate Director, ATD

Holly Batts is a project manager with more than 15 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector. Her background in developing and maintaining certification programs and her passion for working with volunteers has led to a new role at ATD as a senior project manager developing the Credentialing Institute’s newest certification for early- to midcareer talent development professionals. Holly has an MS in organizational leadership, as well as the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications.  

Jason Pfaff
Jason Pfaff

Director, Learning Innovation & Credentialing, Association for Talent Development

Jason Pfaff is Director of Learning Innovation and Credentialing at ATD with more than 15 years’ experience working in the education sector. His background includes operations, product management, and technology development. Jason enjoys blending the latest in innovation with a deep respect for traditional learning processes and outcomes. Jason’s proudest achievement is earning the rank of Admiral in the Nebraska State Navy.