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