This morning I had an email from ATD. It took a little bit of courage to clock on that message. Would I find out that I’m now a Certified Professional in Learning in Performance? Or would I have to start studying again?
Well, obviously from the featured image and title of this blog, I passed. YAY! WHEW!
Months and months of studying, the 1000 pages of the ATD Learning System (thankfully in digital form), 120+ Mindmeister mindmaps, 14 weeks in a virtual study group, practice tests and quizzes, and lots and lots of stress provided to be successful.
®What Is CPLP®?
The Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) is a certification for talent development professionals offered by the ATD Certification Institute (ATD CI). The credential is broad based and measures a talent development professionals’ competency in 10 areas of expertise (AOEs) with a focus on global mindset as defined by the latest ATD Competency Model. – The CPLP Handbook
A year and a half after deciding on this goal, I’m happy for this achievement and grateful to my huge village that helped me achieve it.
First off, thank you to the Chicagoland Chapter of ATD for the scholarship they awarded me to help pay the costs. As a whole everyone with ATD Chi was supportive and helpful throughout the process, but Tom West, Anthony Dudek, and Bill Cupuro were standouts. Thank you, guys!
There was a special group of 14 friends who helped me out just as I was contemplating taking on this process. Their kindness changed the game for me and was an inspiration when the hours and days of studying were grinding on me.
I participated in the Spring/Summer 2017 Virtual Study Group sponsored by the ATD Rocky Mountain chapter (along with several other chapters). The format was very helpful not only in learning the content, but it kept me on schedule during the intense Knowledge Exam preparation. After the Knowledge Exam, this group was a source of support and inspiration. A special call out to Roberto Montanez who became my study buddy all the way through the process. Congrats Roberto!
Trish Uhl was there with good advice when I was contemplating certifications, as I prepared for the Knowledge exam, guidance about the SAE, and at the very end, a reassuring voice to a very nervous candidate. Her Owl’s Ledge materials were instrumental in my success. In the process she’s become a friend and mentor.
There were dozens and dozens of friends and colleagues who supported me with encouragement, coffee, meals, and willing ears for a topic they generally new little about.
Was it all worth it? I think so. The statistics show that it should help in my career and earning potential. But for me those four letters I can put behind my name in professional venues attest to a career’s worth of knowledge and actions that has real value to my profession.
Dave Lee, CPLP.
I like the feel of that.