As of 2018, AFP professional development programming will begin using the following descriptors for learning levels:
Introductory / Foundational — Focus on building awareness and factual recall of the subject matter. Appropriate for learners with limited experience of the subject area.
Applied — Focus on enhanced understanding and comprehension of subject matter. Appropriate for learners with some experience seeking to build on, apply, or otherwise enhance existing knowledge using content in practical applications to master the concepts.
Strategic — Focus on application and implementation of highly technical, detailed, or theoretical subject matter. Appropriate for learners with substantial prerequisite knowledge seeking updated information, perspectives, and debate over opposing or contradictory concepts.