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"Even though I’m rarely in the classroom now, it’s still my favorite place to be!"


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Who are the more than 4,500 talent development professionals who have earned the APTD or CPTD credential? Get to know the talented and diverse community:

Sarah Dieppa is a Learning Business Partner who earned the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD®) credential in 2014.

Why did you pursue the CPTD?
I pursued the CPTD (formerly CPLP) to get a broader look at the training industry and to prove my proficiency in the adult learning field. This, in turn, has opened up other opportunities and roles where I can use the skills I learned through obtaining the certification!

How did your employer support your pursuit of the credential?
My employer offers a knowledge pay program where they reimbursed me for the learning material and the cost of the exam. Additionally, because I was already in a learning role, the certification was considered essential to my position, and I received a bonus payout when I passed! My greatest support came from my direct leader who was my cheerleader throughout the process. He continually checked in and encouraged me when I needed it most.


What does having your credential mean to you?
As a learning business partner, I am often tasked with finding creative learning solutions. Being able to demonstrate my proficiency gives me the confidence to share my insights and opinions and pursue opportunities in adult learning. The certification also lets me stand out professionally.

How did you get into the talent development field?
Growing up, I always wanted to be a music teacher. Life had different plans for me, and I ended up working in the payroll industry. When I started at my organization, I met my new hire trainer who would become my mentor. I very quickly realized that I could still be a teacher of sorts, and I set my sights on becoming a new hire trainer. Trainer positions at my company were hard to come by, so I ended up taking a leadership role.


Shortly after becoming a manager, my mentor and former trainer alerted me that a training role opened up, and I jumped at the chance. Even though it meant she would need to find another manager, my leader supported me through this process because she knew this was what I wanted to do. I was elated when I was offered the role of regional trainer—a brand new position—and was able to lay the foundation of in-house training for my location! That was 16 years ago, and even though I’m rarely in the classroom now, it’s still my favorite place to be!

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?
Spending time with my husband and two kids and exploring the great outdoors with them

What is the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
At 14 years old, I taught piano lessons at a music studio.

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