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A: One major challenge of work done in the past is - candidates often have
the "performance related" deliverables, but don't have the necessary
"project related" deliverables - most notably communications.
Reason being, depending on how old the project is, sometimes candidates
don't have access to email communications, meeting requests / agendas /
notes, etc. because the materials have been archived.
In other cases, candidates didn't document key communications as part of
the original project.
This is often because we don't use formal project
communications in our workplaces - much of the communication occurs
informally (e.g. in passing in the hallway; running into someone in the
dining hall; during a meeting or phone call; but no one took notes,
So definitely make sure you have both - the "performance related" and
the "project related" deliverables when determining if your project
If you are currently working on the project you intend to use for your submission, make sure you collect evidence (work samples) as you go.
For now, grab EVERYTHING! You can refine what you do / don't include in your submission later.
To your success!
~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) since April 2006!
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ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM CPLP WORK PRODUCT CANDIDATES
Q: My problem is choosing the AOE because I feel I have almost equal exposure to 3 areas - Instructional Design, Training Delivery, and Managing Learning Programs. How do I decide?
**************************************************************************************** A: You've asked a good question - which many candidates who have similar options face.
The answer is straightforward:
1. Submit under the AOE where you can produce work that OBVIOUSLY meets the CPLP Work Product requirements.
See the Appendices for each in the CPLP Certification Handbook Part 3
for each - and also check out the Key Actions (Appendix P: Work Product
AOE Key Action List) and Scoring Rubric (Appendix Q: Scoring Rubrics)
for each AOE.
I've also created a Getting Started Planning CPLP Work Product Worksheet that walks
candidates through a process to compare (if necessary) and select an AOE
For example, Instructional Design projects typically require a much
longer time horizon than, say, Training Delivery. If you don't have an
existing Instructional Design project that meets requirements and is
already far enough along (you have to take the materials at least
through Pilot) then getting started with an ID project now would
probably not give you enough time to submit in August if you had to
"start from scratch."
As for Managing Learning Programs (MLP), a critical component of MLP requires
candidates to OBVIOUSLY DEMONSTRATE how they develop other learning
professionals. This is often easy for those who have staff; and
challenging for those who manage project teams, but don't have direct
Last thought - submitting under Instructional Design means you MUST be
the person with "fingers on keyboard" who conducted the analysis,
design, and development of the course and training materials.
(Candidates who conducted the analysis and design, but delegated the
development to other resources do NOT meet Instructional Design
MLP, on the other hand (in addition to developing others), is about
overseeing the work; rather than being the person with "fingers on
keyboard" producing it.
Thanks for posting your question!
I'm sure there are other candidates out there with the same concerns!
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key to getting started with your CPLP® Work Product is to make sure you
thoroughly read, understand, and can meet all of the ASTD Certification
How do you do that?
Start by reading:
CPLP® Certification Handbook, Part 1, Program Overview
CPLP® Certification Handbook, Part 1, Appendix A - Program Agreements, Policies, and Fees
documents give a high-level overview of the Work Product submission
phase and provide context for how this phase fits in the overall CPLP®
Why should you read them again if you think you've read them already?
Reason being -- you are accountable to the current
policies and procedures, which ASTD CI may have changed since you first
read the documents (especially if you're a candidate who started with
the Candidate Bulletin, and not the brand new Handbook).
Work Product is also now your focus, so you'll want to make sure that
you understand the requirements you MUST meet - beyond just a cursory
level - so you can apply them to your submission.
No reason to fail this phase of CPLP® certification simply because you did not follow protocol.
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Use these four (4) shortcuts to give your CPLP Work Product
the right start by spending the time upfront that saves you time later – when
you’re ready to submit!
CPLP Certification Handbook – understand what the specific requirements for
your Area of Expertise (AOE) are, according to ASTD, for your Work Product.
timeline and task list (or project plan) – count backwards from the
submission deadline (August 22) to determine what tasks need to be completed
(and how long it will take) to put your submission together. Set realistic
timeframes for assembling, compiling, and completing your submission so it is
received on or before the deadline.
work samples (“evidence”) now – so you can identify gaps and refine
submission materials later. Don’t worry about what’s “in or out” at this point
– collect everything! You’ll sort through it as you go.
‘CPLP Candidate Group’ on LinkedIn– for tips & tricks from past CPLP
candidates and for helpful advice from current CPLP designees!