Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CPLP® Boot Camp "Lite" Webinar South Africa


Katelind here with an Owl's Ledge event development. On December 5, 2012 at 12:00 CT | 20:00 Johannesburg, South Africa time, Trish Uhl will facilitate a CPLP® Boot Camp "Lite" Webinar online. Organized primarily for our learning professional peers in South Africa, this special event will also feature a brief presentation from Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick of Kirkpatrick Partners. Kirkpatrick Partners is the Official Home of the Kirkpatrick 4 Levels of Evaluation Model!

This CPLP®  Webinar provides an overview of the ASTD Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP®) certification and the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model upon which the credential is based. 

Spend 90 minutes of your time to:

  • Possess a clear understanding of how CPLP® certification can help "accidental trainers" and formally educated learning professionals validate their skill against a professional standard.
  • Identify organizations using the CPLP® as frameworks for career paths and for continued professional growth and ongoing education. 
  • Articulate the history, development, and purpose of the CPLP® certification program, including its foundation on the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model. 
  • Follow the criteria for both the CPLP® Knowledge Exam and CPLP® Work Product submission phases. 
  • Implement tips and tricks to be successful in both phases of the credentialing process.
Who should attend?

Learning professionals and those curious about the CPLP® certification are an especially good fit for this Webinar. Learning professionals include, but are not limited to: Directors of Training / Learning & Development, Learning VPs, CLOs, Instructional Designers, and Training Specialists.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. All attendees receive a copy of Trish's "Mastering the CPLP® Knowledge  Exam" eBook!

Click the link to register!

~ Katelind

CPLP® Knowledge Exam & Work Product Public Workshops in Hong Kong

Hi all!

I'm delighted to let everyone know that in-person workshops for both portions of the CPLP® Certification process have been scheduled for 2013!

A three-day public Knowledge Exam workshop will be held in Hong Kong from January 3rd to 5th, 2013. This instructor-led, in-classroom CPLP® workshop provides attendees with an integrative learning approach. Real-world study strategies are mixed with an immersive overview of the topics presented in the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance Competency Model. 

This dynamic program was designed by Trish Uhl and:
  • Is fun and effective while it models the competencies assessed on the exam!
  • Includes games, activities, exercises, and techniques to increase learning and knowledge retention.
  • Has participants complete assignments that interact directly with all Areas of Expertise to internalize key concepts.
Public Work Product workshops will also be held in Hong Kong on January 7th to 8th, 2013 and June 10th to 11th, 2013. These two day, instructor-led, in-classroom workshops guide candidates through CPLP® Work Product submission strategies following a structured approach. Trish Uhl offers her tips and tricks for candidates that they can apply when they complete their written responses for Work Product essay questions. 

Registration is required, and limited, for all workshops. If interested, email for more details!

~ Katelind

Owl's Ledge CPLP® Knowledge Exam Mastery Prep Course

Hello ya'll!

It's hard to believe, but the time has come again for Owl's Ledge to present its 10 week online CPLP® Mastery Knowledge Exam Prep Course. Registration is required, and limited, for this course held online every Saturday from January 12th until March, 16th, 2013.

Through the prep course, which is broken down in to ten modules, candidates hoping to successfully complete the Knowledge Exam will: 
  • Review the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model, upon which the exam is based. 
  • Build a personal study plan as you begin your CPLP® journey. 
  • Receive guidance in how to design and create learning interventions that meet business needs.
  • Gain tools for how to use models, leverage technology, and effective instruction to produce desired outcomes.
  • Discover lessons on how to deliver training that manages, engages, and responds to the learners' needs.
  • Grasp the differences between measurement and evaluation and how both are critical to your success as a Workplace Learning and Performance professional. 
  • Learn tips, tricks, and advice to encourage your success on the CPLP® Knowledge Exam.
Each lesson will be taught by Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP, and will allow you to engage and interact with other candidates. Past clients have enjoyed the experience they had with the CPLP® Knowledge Exam Mastery Course and have credited with their success on the Knowledge Exam.

For more information and to register visit

~ Katelind

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

CPLP Boot Camp "Lite" Webinar (CCASTD)

Hello everyone!

It's Katelind here. I wanted to give you all an Owl's Ledge update and let you know that on December 11th, 2012 at 11:00 AM CST we are partnering with the Chicagoland Chapter ASTD (CCASTD) to host a CPLP® Boot Camp "Lite" Webinar online.

The Webinar provides an overview of the ASTD Certified Professional Learning and Performance (CPLP®) certification and the underlying ASTD Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) Competency Model. It is a great opportunity for learning professionals who are considering pursuing the certification in 2013.

Over the course of the 90 minute program, you will:
  • Gain a clear understanding of how CPLP® certification can help validate your skills against a professional standard. 
  • Identify organizations that are using the CPLP® for career paths and for continued professional growth and education. 
  • Follow the criteria for both the CPLP® Knowledge Exam and the CPLP® Work Product submission.
  • Implement tips and tricks to be successful on both phases of the credentialing process.
Who should attend? 

Learning professionals interested in the CPLP® certification, including (but not limited to) Instructional Designers, Training Specialists, Facilitators, Coaches, and Training Managers are great candidates for this event. 

Registration is required to save your seat! 

Visit for more details about the program and how to register!

~ Katelind

Thursday, November 08, 2012

2012 CIASTD Fall Conference Participants Join the Chase!

We're EXCITED to welcome participants from the 2012 CIASTD Fall Conference to the ASTD Employee Learning Week Scavenger Hunt using the GooseChase app!

Here's how conference participants can get in the game, start completing missions, earning points, and winning prizes!

  1. Download the free GooseChase app on your Apple iOS or Android device.
  2. Login.
  3. Search for ASTD
  4. Select ASTD Employee Learning Week Goose Chase from the search results.
  5. Solve your first mission - Who are you?
  6. Solve conference specific missions starting with #CIASTD to win on-site prizes! (Visit keynote Lou Russell at the RMA booth for prize details!)
  7. Keep playing beyond the conference! Solve industry related missions and learn about the competencies outlined in the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model!
  8. Sign up to receive weekly communications about the Sponsor Spotlight - for a chance to win weekly prizes!
  9. Final prizes go to highest score winners to be announced the last day of ASTD Employee Learning Week on December 7, 2012!

Friday, November 02, 2012

2012 Dr. Deborah Colky Student Award

Hello everyone!

I hope that you all had a very happy Halloween. Not only are the holidays fast approaching, but there is also an exciting development from Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training- CCASTD is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Dr. Deborah Colky Student Award.

For the 6th year, the Dr. Deb Colky Student Award will recognize a student who shows excellent potential in the Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) profession. Past recipients historically exhibit many of Deb's qualities, including enthusiasm and patience that encourages personal growth and skill development of those around them. It is hoped that applicants will also be effective, efficient, humanistic, and people-centric. The recipient this year will receive:
  • $1,000 cash
  • An invitation to the annual CCASTD Holiday Party in December
  • A commemorative plaque
  • One year membership to CCASTD
  • Publication of one article in the professional magazine Training Today
If you:
  • Are currently enrolled in a degree program related to the field of Workplace Learning and Performance
  • Are planning a career in the field of Workplace Learning and Performance
  • Exhibit the qualities listed above
  • Reside in the Chicago area
CCASTD encourages you to apply. If you meet the requirements and are interested in applying, download a copy of the application here and submit it to by November 19, 2012. 

Have a FABULOUS weekend!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

#ELWHUNT Sponsor Spotlight & Round 2 LAUNCH!

Hello all!

Here's hoping you're all having a FABULOUS! time #EWLHUNT-ing! Here at Owl's Ledge, we're very excited about how things are going so far - the pictures you've submitted as you complete missions are (as Trish would say) YAY CAKE!

Matter of fact, the hunt has gone so well, we're ready to launch Round 2!

Round 2 includes:
  • opening up game play to learning professionals all over the world
  • new missions (based on the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance Competency Model); 
  • addition of weekly prizes as part of the Sponsor Spotlight;
  • a chance for the Top 3 highest scoring participants (as of December 7, 2012) to win a suite of end-of-game prizes!

Weekly Prizes - Part of the Sponsor Spotlight 

Each week, we'll shine a spotlight on a new Sponsor who's donated special WEEKLY PRIZES - to be given away based on missions completed that week!

Here's how the Sponsor Spotlight works: 
  • What? Special Sponsor missions are posted to #ELWHUNT on GooseChase. These missions are not only good for overall points, but solving specific missions will earn some participants weekly prizes!
  • When? We'll spotlight a new Sponsor with new missions every Saturday (through December 1st).
  • Who? Participants must complete specific missions for a chance to win the weekly prizes. Remember! Even if you are not one of the week's winners, you will still earn and add the points associated with the mission to your point total and overall standing - AND (if you pay attention!) you'll have a new chance to win the following week!
  • Where? How do you know which missions and what prizes? Use the form below to sign-up to receive weekly tips & tricks for identifying - and completing! - the Sponsor Spotlight missions, along with details about the Sponsor's prizes!
  • How? Weekly prize winners will be listed here on this blog and on our #ELWHUNT Pinterest pinboard
Here at Owl's Ledge we're dedicated to modeling the use of gamification, game play, and game mechanics to show learning professionals worldwide how you can take a whole lot of content - like the ASTD WLP Competency Model - and make it fun and engaging to explore and discover!

Keep learning!

Ready to discover who this week's Sponsor is and what special missions you need to complete for a chance to win the weekly prize? Use the sign-up form below to find out!


[Review our previous blog post - here! - for details on how to get started playing the game!]

Friday, October 19, 2012

Using Gamification to Engage, Learn & Grow - ASTD Employee Learning Week Scavenger Hunt

In his book, The No Excuse Guide to Success, Jim Smith Jr says:

"Own Your Choices: Accountability is about owning your role, no matter what. "

This statement is true for us as learning professionals and for those of us who volunteer our time as ASTD Chapter Leaders - we need to quit making excuses and fully step into our roles!

In this era of technology and hyper-connectivity - always  on availability - there's simply no excuse for any of us not to tap into the resources and expertise found in our personal and professional networks.

The tools are at our finger tips!

Many times the answers we seek are a LinkedIn group, Facebook post, Twitter tweet - or (let's go old school!) - only a phone call away.

We need to quit re-creating the proverbial wheel and recognize that the answers we seek to the challenges we're trying to solve are often available from the people we know directly, or indirectly - as we leverage the relationships that connect us to each other.

It's time for us to move past our excuses and get off our 'BUTS' to become the learning professionals and chapter leaders we most want to be!

How to get started connecting to community and contributing your own expertise?

Let's start with a game...  :-D

Check out the presentation below which outlines one way - via a Scavenger Hunt - you can use gameplay, game mechanics, and gamification to learn from and connect with others - worldwide! 

It's an opportunity for us to model - and for all of us to experience - what 'good' looks like.

Whether you play the game or not, I encourage you to consider how you can connect, contribute and build community around the areas you're most passionate about.

The time is now!

I look forward to collaborating with you. :-)

~ trish

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
The CPLP Certification Expert
Coach, Facilitator, Author, Speaker, ASTD Chapter Leader, Mentor
trishuhl at owls-ledge dot com

Thursday, May 03, 2012

#ASTD2012 Social Media Back Channel Chat Tools

EXCITED as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) International Conference & Exposition kicks off in Denver, Colorado this Sunday, May 6th thru Wednesday, May 9th 2012!

Over the years, it's become an AMAZING networking and educational event where I've had the good fortune to participate in-person, on-site at the Convention Center during the live event - but it's become additional FUN to participate via the social media "back channel chat" tools as well.

All sorts of ways to connect with friends and colleagues - old and new. :-)

The social media back channel is also a GREAT way to learn, discuss & digest if you can't be here.


Check out these FAB tools:

Start with this "How to Learn from a Conference You're Not Attending" primer from David Kelly @LnDDave:

Then check out these cool #ASTD2012 Twitter tools put together by Ben Wilkoff @bhwilkoff:

Visual Representation of Twitter

TAGS - Twitter Archive 

If you're in Denver, let's connect! and if you're not - then meet me in the Twitterverse! 

Find me at: @trishuhl

See you on the flipside!  

~ trish

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
The CPLP Certification Expert
Coach, Facilitator, Author, Speaker, ASTD Chapter Leader, Mentor
trishuhl at owls-ledge dot com

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Last Chance for Achieving CPLP in 2012!

Many people don't know that the test windows and work product submission deadlines for the Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) credential are only available at certain times of the year - rather than available all of the time.

This means that - although we are still early into the new year - there is only one chance left to become CPLP certified in 2012!

Here are some tips:
  • CPLP Knowledge Exam - The CPLP Knowledge Exam is offered four (4) times per year. The test windows are aligned to the U.S. seasons - spring (March/April); summer (May/June); fall (September/October); winter (November/December). The exam is otherwise not available at other times of the year. For example, you cannot take the exam in January, February, or July - and during the months it is available, it's only available during specific dates (e.g. May 19 - June 9).

  • CPLP Work Product - The CPLP Work Product is only available for submission twice a year - late February (sometimes very early March) and late August (sometimes very early September). Candidates' deadline for CPLP Work Product submission is based on when they are scheduled to take the CPLP Knowledge Exam.
Here's how it works:
  • Spring/Summer -Candidates who take the CPLP Knowledge Exam in March/April or May/June submit CPLP Work Product on or before the August/September deadline.

  • Fall/Winter - Candidates who take the CPLP Knowledge Exam in September/October or November/December submit CPLP Work Product on or before the February/March deadline.
Given as such, learning pros interested in CPLP certification for 2012 MUST take - and successfully pass! - the CPLP Knowledge Exam in May or June so they can submit CPLP Work Product by August 24, 2012.

Candidates successful with their August CPLP Work Product submissions will receive their results - and their status as to if they are CPLP certified or not - in October 2012.

After August, the next CPLP Work Product submission deadline is February 2013!

Below is a GANTT chart I created that illustrates milestone dates against a timeline for achieving CPLP certification in 2012. Use the >> at the top right to view full screen by Opening in New Window. Click the Printer icon to print the document.


Keep in mind - candidates (on average) spend 10-12 weeks preparing for the CPLP Knowledge Exam. 

So if CPLP is part of your performance goals for 2012, it's time to get started!

You have until April 6, 2012 to register with the ASTD Certification Institute (ASTD CI) as a candidate - to take the CPLP Knowledge Exam during the May/June window.

Not sure if you're ready? 

I have some tools that can help!

Download a copy of my free eBook, "Mastering the CPLP Knowledge Exam" and learn how you can get started on the road to CPLP mastery & professional certification!

To your success!

With gratitude,

~ trish

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
The CPLP Certification Expert
Coach, Facilitator, Author, Speaker, ASTD Chapter Leader, Mentor
trishuhl at owls-ledge dot com

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CPLP Work Product Submission - If You've Got that Quesy Feeling

By now the certification process may have taken a toll on your self-esteem and ability to reason rationally, but relax.

Many of us felt at least somewhat inadequate and questioned our professional skills and acumen during the credentialing process.

Think of it as a rite of passage and know that you're not alone; many a CPLP candidate fingernail is--at this very moment--still being obsessively chewed while the other hand tears out chunks of hair.

Hang in there, hang in there, hang in there!

Some counsel for those who have sent their packages off into the stratosphere:

* Breathe deeply. Give it about a week for that sensation of relief (for getting it done and out the door) mixed with that sick-to-your-stomach feeling (just knowing that you forgot something or could have done something better) to subside.

Now go out and celebrate! 

You've worked hard these many months to get to this very point - treat yourself!

***Personally, I'm a fan of good food - with great company - and a pedicure (with a good book).***

Besides, regardless of when you submitted your Work Product, it won't be scored for several weeks. So you may as well breathe and think positive thoughts (that's about all you *can* do, right?).

The rest of life will inevitably invade and you'll soon stop obsessing over your certification results.

When will you receive notification of your results?

Results for this cohort are typically sent in late April.

My guesstimate? I'm guessing notifications will go out via email the week of April 23, 2012.

So, really, relax. Celebrate the moment.

Get ready to move on to the next thing... (recertification credits!)

I look forward to welcoming you to the Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) community!

Cheers to you and to your success!

With gratitude,

~ trish

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
The CPLP Certification Expert
Coach, Facilitator, Author, Speaker, ASTD Chapter Leader, Mentor
trishuhl at owls-ledge dot com

Monday, January 16, 2012

Complimentary Webinar: PM & CPLP Tips for Making Your Next ASTD Conference an Insanely Useful Experience!

A webinar with Lou Russell & Trish Uhl

Webinar Details

Join Lou Russell and Trish Uhl as they show you how to apply project management techniques and leverage the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model to create your own personal professional development plan that helps you get the most out of ASTD TechKnowledge (ASTD TK) and the ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ASTD ICE).

Not attending? No worries! Lou and Trish will even share secrets on how you can still benefit from the ASTD conferences, even if you are not attending!

It's all about maximizing your organization's Return on Investment (ROI) and your personal Return on Engagement (ROE)!

Date & Time

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Register Here!