The CPLP: Driving Success
Celebrating its 16th birthday this year, the CPLP exam has established itself as the certification of choice for workplace learning professionals who meet the testing criteria of five years of experience in training related areas (your MATD counts toward this). The CPLP certification offers training professionals a way to demonstrate and communicate their mastery of the ATD competencies.
Even though our curriculum is mapped to the ATD competency model, our students and alumni still need to prepare for the exam.
To learn more about the updated exam visit the CPLP Certification section of the ATD website. Also, check out an upcoming webinar on Friday, September 16th CPLP CERTIFICATION: WHAT’S NEW? WHY NOW? 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW .
If you plan to take the exam, here are ways to prepare:
- Review a free planning guide from ATD: CPLP Interactive Guide.
- If costs are not prohibitive, consider these resources:
- ATD Learning System: a comprehensive document that contains all potential content for the exam, with information about each area of expertise, review quizzes, and case studies. At a cost of nearly $500, this is an investment.
- Attend a two-day workshop offered by ATD for nearly $1,000 but registration also includes electronic access to the Learning System.
- Trish Uhl, a consultant who specializes in CPLP test preparation, offers access to content on her site, the Owl’s Ledge, for 30 days for around $100.
- For a no cost or low-cost option, consider joining a study group. Study groups typically meet weekly for a period of time just before the exam. Study groups can be very motivating also a good way to get to know others in the field. Here is a list of study groups and contacts from Trish’s site.
Most importantly, think about your learning style and formulate a plan that works for you. If you are a “social learner,” consider a class or a study group. If you are self-motivated and learn well from text, you may benefit from the study guide or online content. In any event, create a plan of action and plan to spend at least 5 hours per week preparing for at least 6 weeks prior to the test.
Check out related posts on our blog: Professional Designations: Do you need more letters after your name? and CPLP and You- Frequently Asked Questions Answered!
Questions for discussion. . .
- Are you considering the CPLP? If so, why or if not, why not?
- If you’ve taken the exam, can you offer words of wisdom about preparation?