I set out to earn my CPLP certification as a personal and professional goal. I needed a new challenge, and I certainly had one. In 2014 I earned my CPLP; I’ve since recertified once and have another recertification coming in 2020 (every three years).
My journey to the certification was challenging. I passed the Knowledge Exam, but my first work product failed (back when there was a work product requirement instead of the Skills Application Exam [SAE]). I selected the training delivery area of expertise (AOE) because I knew the timeline was shorter than for a typical instructional design project. I should have been focusing on my work product while I was preparing for the Knowledge Exam. Lesson learned.
When my first work product failed I had more time to complete the project in terms of a full timeline. I delved into another project right away, this time focusing on the instructional design AOE. Instructional design was a much better fit for me since that’s what I do in my job. This focus helped me to plan more appropriately to meet all of the required key performance indicators. I am happy to say that my second work product passed. What a relief, after putting all of that time and effort into certification preparation!
The learning impact for me throughout my second work product was enormous. Working with a project charter and project plan made the process much more effective. I was able to focus on the important aspects of project management from the beginning and make certain there was a clear evaluation process at the end along with a lot of documentation. This soup-to-nuts methodology for the work product is a shining example of how a project “should” work.
From the combination of the Knowledge Exam and my work product experience, my knowledge base and skill set are much broader than before I was certified. My knowledge level of instructional design, for example, was deep but not wide enough to cover the breadth of the ATD Competency Model’s 10 areas of expertise. I now have a much broader perspective in my day-to-day work and I believe I bring much more to the table for the benefit of my employer. I also draw on the Human Performance Improvement (HPI) model in which change management is an integral part of the model. The HPI model is always on my horizon as I approach any project, large or small.
I believe my employer has observed the breadth of knowledge I possess since becoming CPLP certified. I hope that as I demonstrate my knowledge and skills my employer will become more aware of the impact the certification has on the workplace. I am excited to see that employers are recognizing the value a CPLP credential holder brings into the workplace and the impact we have on business outcomes.