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

Published Thu May 04 2023

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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:

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

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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.

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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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