APTD or CPTD? Which Certification Is Right For Me?

Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jennifer Witebsky, Associate Director, Credentialing, ATD; Rob Hoitt, CPTD, Sr. Learning & Development Consultant, Leidos; Victoria Nelson, Learning & Development Strategist, Fred Hutch; Sarah Jo Smith, CPTD, Training Coordinator/Tech Writer, Signature Science, LLC; and Jeremy Cheek, CPTD, Learning and Development Manager, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union

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If you are considering an ATD professional credential but can't decide if the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD®) or the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD®) is right for you, join ATD Certification Institute staff with a panel of APTD and CPTD credential holders to learn how they decided which program was right for them.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Basic information about each credential
  • Types of candidates who choose each credential
  • Factors certificants considered when deciding which one was right for them
  • How certificants made their decisions
  • Pros and cons of each credential


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Jennifer Witebsky

Associate Director, Credentialing, ATD

Rob Hoitt, CPTD
Rob Hoitt, CPTD

Sr. Learning & Development Consultant, Leidos

Rob Hoitt, CPTD is a Professional Development Consultant with Leidos, a Fortune 500 corporation specializing in federal services. A true “accidental trainer,” he came into learning and development after a decade working in the television broadcast industry. Rob has spent nearly 20 years in the learning and development industry specializing in leadership development and technical training.

In addition to becoming a member of the first cohort to attain the Associate Professional of Talent Development certification and earned his Certified Professional in Talent Development credential as part of the 2020 pilot, Rob holds a BA in Education Studies from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Facilitator from Development Dimensions International.

Victoria Nelson
Victoria Nelson

Learning & Development Strategist, Fred Hutch

Victoria Nelson is the Learning & Development Strategist for the Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. She partners with leadership and key stakeholders to design and deploy learning and development solutions in support of strategic goals. She has over 13 years’ experience working in learning and development, with a focus on technical training, leadership development, onboarding, and organizational development initiatives.

Victoria obtained the APTD credential in 2018 and then went on to obtain the CPTD in 2020 as part of the pilot cohort for the new certification exam. She is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Seattle University and will complete it in 2024.

Sarah Jo Smith, CPTD
Sarah Jo Smith, CPTD

Training Coordinator/Tech Writer, Signature Science, LLC

Sarah Jo Smith is a Training Coordinator and Documentation Specialist at Signature Science, LLC. During her career, she has been a chemist, a secondary school science teacher, a technical writer, an instructional designer, and more! In every role, her goal has been to put the right information into the hands of those who need it. She obtained her APTD credential in 2020 and her CPTD in 2021.

Jeremy Cheek, CPTD
Jeremy Cheek, CPTD

Learning and Development Manager, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union

Jeremy is a seasoned professional in talent development, currently serving as the Learning and Development Manager at the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union in Lexington, KY. With a passion for fostering growth and excellence in individuals and organizations, he entered the talent development field in 2016 and has since become an organizational leader focused on leadership development, performance management, instructional design and assessment, and knowledge management within the financial services sector.

After joining the national and Kentuckiana chapters of ATD, Jeremy marked his commitment to continuous learning and professional advancement by earning the APTD credential in 2020 and the distinguished CPTD credential in 2022. These served as building blocks for leading organizational objectives related to learning and professional growth and led to the development of a team of specialists that he manages. The concepts and practices learned from ATD continue to be vital in helping the team identify learning needs, develop solutions, and deliver impactful training initiatives for the organization.