I’ve been participating in a virtual study group sponsored by the Piedmont, Rocky Mountain, and West Virginia chapters of ATD. We meet every Tuesday for 12 weeks using a “teach-back” approach where each of us has the responsibility of reviewing part of the unit covered that week. It has been instrumental in keeping me close to on-schedule with my studies. (Notice I said “close”)
Reviewing the material for 10 Areas of Expertise and a unit on Cultural Mindset is quite a task. The ATD CPLP Learning System is 1056 pages chock full of content. It really is amazing the breadth of expertise that our field encompasses. It will certainly be an achievement to earn this certification. (Have to be positive, right!)
A huge thank you to the Chicagoland Chapter of ATD and the CARA Group for sponsoring a scholarship for CPLP candidates to defray the costs involved in the certification process. I was fortunate enough to be named the winner of said scholarship!
While the Knowledge Exam is a big hurdle, passing it will then allow me to take the second and final exam, the Skills Application Exam, in November. If all goes well, I’ll be a CPLP sometime around the first of next year.