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Why the CPLP?: Understanding the Pros and Cons to Certification

Monday, March 19, 2018 12:09 PM | Kevin Smith (Administrator)

Why the CPLP?: Understanding the Pros and Cons to Certification
By Andrea Meade, CPLP

A few years back I left my position as one of many trainers at my company, to become the sole trainer with a new organization. They wanted me to develop a training program for a computer application, implement it, and show success with it as soon possible – as in within a few weeks.  It was intimidating. Sure, I was a trainer, but I didn’t have enough confidence in what I was doing to imagine doing it on my own.  My new company had put their trust in me, and believed in me enough to follow a training plan I would generate. If they believed in me enough to get the job done, I needed to believe in myself too. 

Of course, that is easier said than done. I was lucky that this organization also supported career development. They helped cover the cost of my ATD memberships and paid for classes to help me learn the skills that would build that confidence I needed. Through this process, I learned about the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). 

The more I researched the CPLP, the more I realized this was a perfect fit and was clearly made for learning professionals of all walks of life. Though there are certainly a lot of positive aspects to getting your CPLP certification, but I wanted to share even more benefits based on my experience and also some concerns that are worth considering.


If you think it’s something you would like to consider – go for it! And feel free to connect with me if you have any questions or need a study buddy!


Andrea has been working in the talent development field for over 10 years and obtained her Certified Professional in Learning and Performance from ATD in 2014. She started training because she simply had a knack for it. Since then, she has continued to grow as a trainer and develop her skills and experience in facilitation, instructional design and coaching.

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