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  1. The 2024 BEST Awards application opens on August 1, 2023 and closes on October 27, 2023. (The deadline was extended from October 20th.) No further extensions will be granted due to our tight review timelines. 
  2. The twelve-month reporting timeframe should be, for example, from July 2022 - July 2023 (additional metrics and reporting information prior to this timeframe may be included). 
  3. The entry fee is $275 USD (subject to change). It is payable as the last step in submitting your application online by credit card.
  4. Anonymous entries: the BEST application is a blind application. This means in your entry form there should be NO mention of the company name or any identifying programs, people, or achievements. Applications that fail to meet these criteria may be disqualified.
  5. Organization name and other information will be collected separately as the first page of your entry form and not visible to judges.
  6. Most answers have word limits. These are hard-coded into the form and cannot be exceeded.
  7. Ensure no company-identifying information appears in any supporting documents you may upload. This includes the file name of the supporting document.
  8. Words included in uploaded documents do not count toward the total word count for the answer.
  9. Do not include an appendix, addendum, or any supplemental documents with your application beyond the optional uploads noted in the application. Uploads should not exceed one page per upload. 
  10. Video links or links to outside documents or websites are not allowed.

(You may note certain facts/figures in your application as NFP - "not for publication" if data is confidential. However, please understand that part of the Awards program's aim is to share best practices with others. Please see below regarding release forms.) 


Disqualified applications are not eligible for a refund of the application fee.



ATD will spotlight the BEST Award winners in the special best practices issues of TD magazine, press releases, the State of the Industry Report, webinars, and other communication pieces. Before doing so, we must receive a signed copy of a release, granting ATD permission to use the information you supplied or will supply in your responses to the 2024 ATD BEST Awards application.

If your organization is selected to be a 2024 BEST Award winner (application window takes place in 2023), a representative from your organization will be required to sign a release form granting the Association for Talent Development (ATD) certain rights, similar to the below:

-  I grant to ATD a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free license and release to exercise all rights in and to the information submitted to ATD by my organization in the BEST  application. I understand and agree that the application or information from it will be stored through electronic or other means, and that it will be disseminated and/or disclosed during the review process only to ATD and individuals designated by ATD. The review panel will receive the information provided in the following sections: Background Information and Applicaiton responses. The review team will not have access to the organization’s name. 

-  Should my organization be named an ATD BEST Award winner, I grant to ATD the rights to edit, summarize, publish, reproduce, reprint, distribute, and otherwise make use of the information provided in the application. I understand that winning organizations will have the opportunity to review and approve ATD-produced materials regarding the application for factual accuracy prior to publication.

-  I also grant to ATD a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use my organization’s name and logo for the sole purpose of publishing such name and logo as part of ATD’s announcement(s) of the winning organizations.

-  In consideration of the opportunity to participate in the ATD BEST Awards process, I forever release, discharge, indemnify, defend and hold harmless ATD from and against any and all liabilities, losses, costs, damages, claims, liens, judgments, penalties, fines, attorneys’ fees, insurance policy deductibles, court costs, and all other expenses arising out of the awards process and any activities related thereto or otherwise contemplated in this application.

-  I represent and warrant that the information submitted to ATD in the application does not violate the rights of anyone else, is accurate, and that I have the authority to bind my organization to this license and release.

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