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"Having the certification creates and maintains a standard for excellence..."

Published Thu May 04 2023


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:

Shari Brewer is a Leadership Development Manager who earned the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD®) credential in 2007.


Why did you pursue the CPTD?I had not yet completed my bachelor’s degree and had been in the L&D field for more than 15 years. Getting my CPTD (CPLP at the time) was a way I could validate, for myself and others, that I held expertise in my chosen field.

How have you benefited from the credential—professionally and/or personally?The credential has increased my depth of knowledge in areas such as return on investment (ROI).

What advice would you share with others considering certification?Take a structured approach to your preparation—otherwise, it creeps up on you! Create a schedule starting several months out, and stick to it. You’ve got this!

How do you think certification helps the talent development field?Having the certification creates and maintains a standard for excellence and professionalism.

How did your employer support your pursuit of the credential?They did not.


What does having your credential mean to you?Having my credential means I’m in a league of highly proficient and dedicated professionals.

How did you get into the talent development field?I was a subject matter expert (SME), and when a trainer position opened up, I was asked if I wanted it because I liked to talk!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?Never stop learning—truly!

What is a great book you’ve read recently?Cowboys and Conductors by Dustin Davis and Paul Jan Zdunek

What is your favorite hobby or pastime?I enjoy movies.


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