Archive for the ‘CPLP’ Category

CPLP – ASTD CPLP Fall Study Group

August 23, 2012

The South Florida Chapter of ASTD will be starting a 12 week virtual CPLP study group session beginning September 1st.

There is no fee to participate. Each session will begin at 9:00 am (EST) and end at 11:00 am.

  • For CPLP aspirants
  • For ASTD Members desiring more knowledge
  • For WLP professionals looking to sharpen their skills
  • This study group is open to all National or local chapter members of ASTD

Check out their web site to learn more and register for this event.

I will be there, so I hope to see you in the group!



Area of Expertise (AOE) – Managing the Learning Function

June 7, 2012

This Area of Expertise (AOE) is about providing leadership in developing human capital to fulfill an organizations strategy. This skill set incorporates:

  • Strategy
  • Planning
  • Organizing
  • Monitoring
  • Adjusting activities associated with the administration of workplace learning and performance

You will find about 9% of the CPLP questions involve this AOE.

Something that is important for any training professional to recognize is that training is not always the solution to an employee performance issue. Training managers should always conduct a needs analysis to attempt to save their company time and money. The best way to do this is from the top down, rather than focusing on individuals. Your role is to know the elements of a needs assessment. This includes gap analysis, priority identification, causes, solutions, and opportunities.


Area of Expertise (AOE) – Measuring and Evaluating

June 4, 2012

This area of expertise is about gathering data to answer questions regarding the value and impact of learning solutions. Not only does it focus on individual programs or courses, but it also encompasses the overall measure of system effectiveness. It takes advantage of findings to increase effectiveness and provide further recommendations for change.

You can expect to see about 12% of the CPLP exam cover this AOE.

Some of the skills used in this AOE include:

  • Statistical theory and methods
  • Designing research
  • Analysis methods
  • Interpreting and reporting data
  • Data Evaluation 


Areas of Expertise (AOE) – Designing Learning

May 15, 2012

This area of expertise covers the two primary roles:

  • Designing, creating, and developing interventions to meet the needs
  • Analyzing and selecting the most appropriate strategy, methodologies, and technologies to maximize the learning experience and impact

In regards to the CPLP exam, you can expect about 15% of the exam to cover content from this AOE.
This Area of Expertise is essentially a summarization of what it means to be an Instructional Designer. This AOE covers several things, including:

  • Cognition and Adult Learning Theory
  • Instructional Design theory and process
  • Instructional methods
  • Training delivery options or media
  • Task Analysis and Competency modeling
  • Working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
  • Assessment methods
  • Learning technologies and support systems
  • Business strategies, drivers, and needs for learning interventions
  • Methods of research
  • Legal and ethical issues related to designing learning
  • eLearning and traditional courses – differences and implications
  • New and emerging learning technologies and support systems
  • Designing Information displays, access and resources


CPLP: The Final Countdown

March 19, 2012

Exam Day approaches. What to do? What to Do?

Now that you’ve studied the ASTD Learning System, you want to know what to do as the Knowledge Exam itself draws near.

You’ll want to think about study aids. Our CFC ASTD Chapter CPLP’s used several different study aids and what worked for some didn’t work for others. We’ll talk about that next, however. This week, we’ll talk about what everyone agreed on.

The CPLP® Practice Exams (pCPLP)  have tremendous value!

The CPLP® Practice Exam (pCPLP) is available on the ASTD website

It is free to take. The pCPLP Exam does two things for you.

First, it tests your knowledge. There are 75 questions drawn the same source as the Knowledge Exam. And you get a comprehensive review of your score. Thus, you find out where you’re solid and where you need some work. This can you target your ‘Cram’ time and focus on the Ares of Expertise where you scored low.  (more…)

CPLP: Preparing for the Knowledge Exam. You’ve got questions

March 12, 2012

We’ve got answers.

The first question on everyone’s mind is usually simple,

“Where do I start?”

Let’s start at the very beginning.

It’s a very good place to start.

When you read you begin with A-B-C

When you study for the CPLP Knowledge Exam, you begin with the ASTD Learning System.

While there are some great resources to assist with your study, the 10-volume ASTD Learning System is an absolute must for  Knowledge Exam preparation.

How much time should I expect to spend studying?

Among our CFC ASTD CPLP’s, three months was the most common time frame for studying with the ASTD Learning System.


CPLP – So you signed up for the CPLP© Knowledge Exam. Now what?

March 5, 2012
Exam Preparations

Why, oh why? (Photo credit: Jixar)

We were told this was going to be hard and not all of us would pass so there was a sense of doom

That’s how one of our CFC ASTD member CPLP’s described their pre-exam anxiety. Is that how you feel? A sense of doom? Disaster? Impending failure? Why, oh why, did I do this?

Calm down. The exam is not as bad as you’ve heard. We talked with several of our chapter members who have taken and passed the knowledge exam and will share their learnings about the experience with you over the next few posts in this topic. There are lots and lots of resources out there to help you prepare, that is not what this series is for. This series is to help you know what to expect leading up to exam day. We’ll share some of the study tactics our Central Florida ASTD Chapter members have used to help prepare and what surprised them on exam day.

If you’ve already signed up for the exam, hopefully this will help relieve your anxiety so you can focus on getting ready. If you haven’t signed up yet, hopefully this will eliminate one of the potential barriers to taking the plunge!

ASTD Competency Model

January 23, 2012

Foundational Competencies

Foundational competencies define relevant behaviors for learning and performance professionals.

The ASTD Competency Model presented the idea of foundational competencies. These foundational competencies are categorized as:

  • Interpersonal: how well you work with, manage, and influence people, policy, and change.
  • Business and Management: how well you analyze situations, make decisions, and implement solutions.
  • Personal: how well you adapt to change and make personal decisions to enhance your career.

Areas of Expertise (AOEs)

Areas of Expertise (AOE) is the second tier of the model and comprises specific technical and professional areas required for success across various jobs in the field. These AOEs are specialized areas that build and rely upon the focused application of the foundational competencies.

As part of the 2004 initiative to build a competency model for learning and performance professionals, ASTD identified nine areas of expertise, deemed critical for workplace learning and performance (WLP) professionals:


Roles are the top tier or execution level of the model. Roles are not the same as job titles. They are much more fluid depending on the work or project, and are the broad area of responsibility within the profession that requires a select group of foundational competencies (bottom tier) and select group of AOEs (second tier) to successfully execute. There are four defined roles, or lenses through which Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) practitioners may view the model.

  • Learning strategist
  • Business partner
  • Project manager
  • Professional specialist

Roles are groupings of targeted competencies. An individual’s job may encompass one or more roles, similar to different “hats” that one might have to wear. Roles should not be interpreted as “titles.” A WLP professional may play one or more roles in his or her job.

To view the ASTD Competency Model, click here

Where do you fit into this model? Share your AOE’s and roles with us!