Monday, March 31, 2008

Facilitating Organizational Change

Oooooo! And I forgot to mention in my earlier post - there's also a Facilitating Organizational Change area of expertise that work product can be submitted for.

To meet the CPLP requirements, you must have a project where you helped an organization design and implement a change.

You will need to submit a change initiative project report, including:
  • Documentation of initial contact or presenting issue
  • Assessment/analysis
  • Proposal, plan, or statement of work
  • Facilitated action
  • Results and measurement

AND I forgot to mention (Drrrr!) that Improving Human Performance is also weighted at 15% of the CPLP Knowledge-based Exam.

Facilitating Organizational Change is weighted at 12%.

Let me flip this around...

This means that folks who are instructional designers by trade MUST demonstrate a level of knowledge and application of HPI and OD terms, tools, and techniques in order to master the CPLP Knowledge-based exam and move on to the Work Product submission.

So not only do all CPLP candidates need to know a little something about the ADDIE model, but all candidates must also be familiar with Kurt Lewin, John Kotter, and Kaoru Ishikawa - among many many other things!

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

CPLP, CPT & Higher Education

Good morning -

I'm responding to reader comments this morning.

Cool beans on the CPLP job postings - they're popping up everywhere!

And - definitely! - both certifications have value. Choosing one, or both (or neither, really) has everything to do with whatever's required for you to achieve your goals.

For some, that's CPT. For others, that's CPLP. I know quite a few folks who are certified in both.

And - for yet others - it's a Masters or Ph.D (although I know quite a few who have both a higher degree and the CPLP as well).

Even then certification and education are not mutually exclusive. There are academic institutions that will take the work you put into achieving something like the CPLP and help you apply it to your undergrad or graduate degree. DePaul University's School for New Learning is one such academic institution.

As for the CPLP relying heavily on instructional design, I'm not sure why some people have that perception.

Designing Learning - just one of nine (9) areas of expertise (AOE) covered on the exam - is weighted at 15% of the CPLP Knowledge-based Exam, and, even so, that AOE is not entirely focused on instructional design.

Then there's Phase II - the Work Product Submission phase. Candidates submit a work sample (and a whole bunch of narrative on what they did, why they did it, etc) based on their selection of one AOE. There are currently six (6) areas of expertise to choose from - including HPI, measurement & evaluation, managing the learning function, etc.

Designing Learning is the only AOE that focuses on instructional design in the work product; work samples include analysis and design documents.

Other AOEs do not require the same.

For example, submitting for Improving Human Performance requires submission of a performance improvement project report for a project where you analyzed a performance gap and developed a solution to close it.

No ID required. :-)

BTW - Please drop me an email if you'd like to speak with someone who holds the CPT and CPLP, or someone who has a Ph.D and the CPLP.

I know some folks who would be happy to share their experiences. :-)

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

New CPLP Candidate Bulletin Posted

New CPLP Candidate Bulletin Posted!

The Candidate Bulletin is a guide published by the ASTD Certification Institute (ASTD CI) which provides the CPLP curious, CPLP candidates, and the CPLP certified with details of the CPLP
program, process, and policies.

The new CPLP Candidate Bulletin is posted on the ASTD CI Web site at:

The Skinny --

CPLP candidates working on their Work Product submissions will find a whole host of new information to assist them in the submission process, including sample templates of the Work Product application forms for the Designing Learning, Delivering Training and Measuring & Evaluation areas of expertise. (See Appendix F)

CPLP candidates studying for the CPLP Knowledge-based Exam will find a Sample Test (Appendix B), as well as a full listing of exam content (Appendix C).

For those curious about the CPLP certification program and process, the Candidate Bulletin is an excellent (and F.R.E.E) reference on all things CPLP, including detailed requirements for both phases of the certification program, as well as a CPLP Readiness Assessment.

Follow-on questions are now called Challenge questions!===============================================================

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
Owl's Ledge LLC - The CPLP Certification Experts