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Expanded Skills, Broadened Perspectives

Friday, July 5, 2019

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.

About the Author

Yvonne joined Regis University as an Instructional Designer in 2009. Prior to joining Regis, Yvonne served as the Director of Technology and Distance Education for University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, College of Education. Additionally, she has taught online graduate courses for eight years in the Linguistically Diverse Education program.

Yvonne holds two Master’s degrees: one in the fully online Information Learning Technologies (ILT) program with an emphasis in Instructional Design and Adult Learning from the University of Colorado at Denver and the other in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Northern Arizona University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) with a minor in Computer Science at Florida State University. She earned her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) credential in 2014.

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Nice article! I appreciate the experience you shared and how you found value in earning your CPLP. Thanks for sharing!
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