Monday, August 21, 2006

CPLP Work Product Submission Questions

Lots of questions are coming in regarding the work product submission phase of the CPLP -- candidates asking for tips & tricks.

Our last post featured tips & tricks for selecting a project as your work product. This post focuses on how your submission packet will be evaluated and graded:

  • Can a candidate submit work product for more than one AOE?

  • Nope. Multiple submissions not allowed.

  • How are candidates scored on their work product submissions?

  • Work product submissions are broken out into four (4) clusters, regardless of which AOE is designated.
    The 'clusters' are:

    • Project Relationships (how did you involve the people affected by the project - e.g. stakeholders)
    • Planning (what did you do to get ready)
    • Output (the core work product created)
    • Outcomes (what did you do with the results of what you did).

    • Each cluster is equal -- there is no weighting.You also must have a balance across clusters -- meaning, you can't be aces in one cluster and then take a total nose dive on another.

    • How is the work product submission graded?

    • There are three components you are graded on -- your work product (the thing(s) you submit), and your responses to follow-on question 1 and follow-on question 2.

      You will receive follow-on questions specific to your designated AOE and you will use forms E & F to respond to the questions in an essay-style format.

      There are two scorers (judges) per piece, and each piece is scored separately. So two people look at your work product and grade it independently; two look at your form E with your response to your follow-on question 1; and two other people look at your form F with your response to follow-on question 2.

    • Who are the scorers?
    • People identified by ASTD CI as experts in the industry. These folks are then trained -- by ASTD CI -- on the specific processes for evaluating Phase II components. Many of the scorers are CPLP certified.

'CPLP Preferred' Job Postings from Around the Web

Director of Training & Development
Kenneth Cole Productions - Manhattan, New York (ASTD Job Board)

Manager/Facilitator/Curriculum Designer
Soderquist Center - Siloam Springs, Arkansas (ASTD Job Board)

Internal Consultant
MedStar Health - Baltimore, Maryland (ASTD Job Board)

Training Manager
Princess Cruises - Santa Clarita, California (ASTD Job Board)

Training Designer
Dollar Tree Stores - Chesapeake, VA (

Training & Development Manager - Charlotte, North Carolina (AJB)

Training Specialist
7-Eleven - Dallas, Texas (

Training & Development Manager
The Shaw Group - Knoxville, Tennessee (

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
Owl's Ledge LLC

Submitted August 21st, 2006 7:52am Central

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tips for Selecting Your Work Product

A question came in from a CPLP candidate this morning on how to go about selecting a project for your work product submission and what, exactly, is involved.

The larger question is -- which area of expertise (AOE) should you submit for?

The answer is - the one where you have the best work product that meets all of that AOE's criteria and requirements.

Let me start with the basics.

There are three areas of expertise one can select from: Designing Learning, Delivering Training, or Measuring & Evaluating.

CPLP candidates choose only one area to submit for.

All areas of expertise (AOE) are equal -- no brownie points for picking one AOE over another - CPLP certification is CPLP certification - there isn't any designation on your certificate (just got mine yesterday!) to say which AOE you submitted for.

All AOEs are also evaluated in the same categories -- Project Relationships, Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes.

What's required to prove competence in each of the four categories, however, changes from AOE to AOE.

Also, actual work product evidence -- the actual examples of your work that you submit --changes from AOE to AOE.

And this leads directly into Whitney's question from this morning (thanks, Whitney!).

What evidence must I provide? And what forms are acceptable?

Here's a quick list of what's *basically* required for each:

  • Designing Learning - Hardcopy ONLY of an analysis document, design document, and actual curriculum or representative material (e.g. trainer/facilitator guide or student manual) for a 90 minute segment of a learning event. You also need the signatures of the people involved with the project.

'90 minute segment' means a course with running time of 90 minutes, or 90 minutes pulled from a larger/longer course (e.g. two day classroom training).

'Learning event' means instructor-led -- online or classroom. 'Learning segment' could also mean CBT, WBT, e-Learning, or any other technology-based training delivery.

The bottom line is -- hardcopy only. You must be able to print a paper copy of ALL evidence. You cannot send in a CD, or DVD, or link to online learning. Hardcopy. Only.

The thing to remember is - you are not submitting the actual delivery of the course, regardless if the delivery was in-person or electronic -- just the elements you used to design it.

  • Delivering Training - a 20 minute recording (submitted on VHS or CD) of a synchronous instructor-led learning event delivered in-person or online, plus a copy of the student or facilitator guide that speaks to only those 20 minutes of footage. You also need signatures from ALL participants in your class.

'20 minute recording' means -- (Good grief, Trish! How am I going to meet all 14 points of criteria in 20 minutes?!) -- getting creative with when you turn on/off the camera during the training session. Your best bet is to have someone run the camera for you and turn it on/off just to capture key points (e.g. building rapport, stating course objectives, starting an exercise, etc) for the final 20 minute submission.

'Synchronous' means synchronous -- no asynchronous learning allowed for the Delivering Training AOE.

'Plus a copy of the student or facilitator guide' means HARDCOPY. Do not send an electronic copy of the guide. Also keep in mind... if you're submitting a 20 minute recording of what is, ultimately, a longer class, then you only need to submit the portion of the guide that contains material relevant to what's shown in your recording. For example, if you take 20 minutes from a two day class, then only submit the portion of the guide that pertains to those 20 minutes and not the whole guide covering the two day class.

Signatures -- one of the most challenging aspects of this whole phase is gaining the signatures of the required people. 'Required people' in the case of Delivering Training includes ALL participants. Definitely something to consider as you decide which AOE to submit for.

  • Measuring & Evaluating - as of today, 8/1/06, this AOE is back under construction by ASTD CI. There were less than 30 submittals for this area during the pilot, and it was probably the hardest area to submit for. Reason being -- it was the toughest AOE to figure out what ASTD CI was looking for. I'm guessing that's why its details are not currently listed on the CPLP site (but should reappear later this summer).

Chapter 8 of the CPLP Candidate Bulletin is KEY to understanding what's required. Parts of it are still under development and due for release in August.

LOL Those are the basics. :)

Keep watching this blog for more information on submission requirements, the evaluation process, etc. We'll also run a post focused on how to deal with those notorious follow-on questions!

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
Owl's Ledge LLC

Submitted August 1st, 2006 11:36am Central