ATD Certification Explained: Making APTD or CPTD Certification Your 2024 Professional Goal

Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Morgean Hirt, Director of Credentialing, Association for Talent Development

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What can a professional certification do for your career? Join a session with the ATD Certification Institute staff as they discuss what you need to know to earn a professional certification in talent development and how it can help your career. Get familiar with the differences between the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) and the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and learn more about the eligibility criteria for each program. Get some insight into exam preparation resources to get you ready to start your certification journey.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the APTD or CPTD certification can support their talent development career.
  • Outline the process of achieving an APTD or CPTD certification.
  • Define the eligibility requirements for the APTD and CPTD certifications.
  • Identify preparation resources.


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Morgean Hirt
Morgean Hirt

Director of Credentialing, Association for Talent Development

As director of credentialing for the Association of Talent Development (ATD), Morgean Hirt has more than 25 years of experience in personnel certification and accreditation across a variety of professions. She provides strategic leadership and technical expertise in developing and implementing credentialing programs, focusing on test development, policy and standards development, program audits, strategic planning, and ANSI/ISO 17024 and NCCA accreditation. Believing that standards and certification enhance professionalism and credibility, Hirt has led a number of organizations through establishing industry standards for emerging professions, including clinical research, massage therapy, and mortgage brokering.

Prior to joining ATD, she served as an account executive at MetaCred, a boutique association management firm specializing in managing credentialing programs, and spent 12 years as president and CEO of Certified Fund Raising Executives International Credentialing Board, where she was responsible for establishing international support across six continents for a unified standard of fundraising practice. Hirt is also active with the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), having served as a member of the research fundraising committee, education committee, and annual conference program committee as well as a presenter at the ICE Exchange.