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Preparing for the APTD Exam (Panel)

Thursday, February 18, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Susan Kaiden, APTD, Senior Project Manager, ATD; Nick Smith, APTD, Global Events Learning Specialist, Rotary International; Joel Taylor, Training Coordinator, Ormat; Sarah Cusack, Safety and Development Specialist, Arborwell; and Trystyn Del Rosario, APTD, Training Program Manager, KRG Technologies

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If you are considering or planning to take the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) exam this year, join us for this webcast to learn about:

• Successful preparation strategies
• Pitfalls to avoid
• Advice about exam anxiety
• Remote proctoring versus test-center option
• Value of the process

Hear from a panel of successful candidates who took the revised APTD exam during the past eight months. They will describe their study strategies and provide other advice for APTD candidates.

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Susan Kaiden, APTD
Susan Kaiden, APTD

Senior Project Manager, ATD

Sue Kaiden is senior project manager, credentialing for the ATD Certification Institute. In this role, she supports candidates throughout the decision and preparation process and manages recertification for APTD and CPTD credential holders. Prior to joining the CI team, she served as manager of the career development community at ATD where she oversaw content and services related to career development, including ATD's Job Bank.

She is the author of “Keeping Your Career on Track” (TD at Work) and the editor of Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing a Job You'll Love, a book written with 16 top-notch career coaches, published in October 2016. Kaiden holds a master of business administration degree from Cornell University and recently achieved the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD).

Nick Smith, APTD
Nick Smith, APTD

Global Events Learning Specialist, Rotary International

Nick Smith is a Global Events Learning Specialist for Rotary International. For the past 5 years, Nick has designed an annual two-day in-person leadership development training seminar for more than 500 senior volunteers in roughly 18 locations around the world. In 2019, he expanded these seminars to include more sessions and an additional 500 volunteers. He supports approximately 150 trainers each year, providing resources and training on best practices to facilitators in eight languages. Alongside Rotary’s L&D team, he’s developed a number of eLearning courses and designed learning plans for various volunteer audiences. He also serves as an occasional facilitator of professional development classes and as a mentor for Rotary staff. He lives with his partner and a 3-legged dog in Chicago, IL, where he is always trying to catch up on his “to-be-read” pile. He achieved his APTD certification in September 2020.

Joel Taylor
Joel Taylor

Training Coordinator, Ormat

Joel Taylor is a Training Coordinator with five years of experience developing soft-skill, technical, and safety solutions for a global geothermal power company. Joel fell into his current role as an "accidental trainer", finding his calling in L&D. His primary responsibilities are instructional design, curriculum development, and LMS administration.

In Joel's free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and six children and working towards his bachelor's degree in leadership and management.

Sarah Cusack
Sarah Cusack

Safety and Development Specialist, Arborwell

Sarah Cusack, APTD is Safety and Development Specialist at the professional treecare company Arborwell, based in Hayward California. After creating a new role as Arborwell’s instructional designer and eLearning developer, Sarah earned her APTD certification in July 2020. Given that the treecare industry has not historically placed a strong emphasis on employee development or on integrating technology into training, discovering ATD and creating new avenues for learning has been an exciting challenge. Sarah is passionate about creating tools to help others reach their full potential, and is excited to take the CPTD exam in April of 2021!

Trystyn Del Rosario, APTD
Trystyn Del Rosario, APTD

Training Program Manager, KRG Technologies

Trystyn started her career as a Support Engineer at Microsoft. She soon found that she was drawn to the world of learning and development and was invited to drive the onboarding of new engineers in Redmond, WA & San Jose, Costa Rica. These experiences solidified her choice to transition into her current role as a training program manager, where she oversees the readiness for a customer support team. She also decided to pursue her APTD certification to further solidify her knowledge in adult learning best practices.

On the side, Trystyn is an ICF certified coach and coach trainer, who helps her students to develop their coaching skills and create their own signature group programs. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, circus arts, and traveling. (You can bet she's buying a ticket to Spain as soon as this quarantine ends!)

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