by Lisa Jastremsky, Past Utah ATD Chapter President, CPLP, PHR, SHRM-CP
Lisa’s Journey to CPLP
“You down with CPLP? Yeah you know me!
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a rapper, as I loved to memorize lyrics of songs. I liked to rap songs as fast as I could. Then, I found I could write my own lyrics and that sparked my creativity. I know now that I was not meant to be a rapper. Today, I am a training and development professional. The talent development field may not be as glamorous as the music industry, but it does fuel the same things that motivated me as a kid. Learning and creativity are my biggest drivers and motivators in life, and I’m glad I discovered it early in life.
As I continued to enjoy my work in the field, I found a need to enhance my skill set, which is when I stumbled upon ATD and started attending meetings. It’s in those meetings that I discovered the CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance) credential. This really caught my attention and I had to do it. That was more than five years ago, and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not happy I did it and feel proud about my accomplishment. This credential was a challenge, and that’s how I know I grew as an individual from achieving it.”
"Here are what some fellow homies in the training game have to say about the credential."
"For about five years I was interested in the CPLP certification yet felt overwhelmed with the idea of the studying without a study group and time was limited for me. When I saw the APTD come available, I knew this was my time to commit and take that leap. I now feel as if the pursuit of my CPLP is achievable therefore I have set my sights on that as a next step.”
—Yolanda Brown, APTD
“I was fortunate to be in one of the first cohorts for the CPLP certification way back in 2008! I've re-certified every three years since and am currently certified through November 2020. The certification opened a number of professional opportunities for me that have expanded my horizons and provided deeper immersion into the Workplace Learning and Performance industry. In the last 12 years I have been contacted by half a dozen learning and development teams through the ATD Job Bank (seeking CPLPs) who have been seeking instructional design consulting expertise on many exciting initiatives. It's been great to make new connections as I've worked with them to create behavior-changing learning experiences. Over the last couple of years, I've had the experience of working with ATD CI (Certification Institute) on new certification assessments for the international learning community, and it's been amazing to rub shoulders with other CPLPs as we've collaborated to craft new and innovative tools! I also love the social connections in several online groups that have resulted in new friends and different ways of thinking.”
—Richard Vass, CPLP
Helpful CPLP Tips and Resources
“Since I earned my CPLP credential there has been a lot of changes, such as the way the CPLP requirements have changed and they have launched the entry certificate the APTD, which is a steppingstone to reach the CPLP.
This year ATD announced that they plan to, once again, change the criteria for earning the CPLP. This year’s cohorts will be the last ones to be considered under the current certificate requirements. So, if you have been thinking about earning yours, I would recommend looking into it now.
Here are some links to the current information on CPLP and APTD testing and prep: https://www.td.org/certification
Also, the Utah ATD Chapter partners with the Rocky Mountain Chapter based in Denver, that provides a virtual study group. As a sister chapter, our members can sign up for the same $50 fee offered to their chapter members. Please see the information here: Please visit the page to register: https://www.atdrmc.org/CPLP-Study-Group. The fee will be $50.
So now you know what’s up with the current credential process, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go out there and do what I know so many of you are motivated by, and that is to keep on learning.”