There are many certification-type programs in the marketplace.
Some are more-like “certificate programs” – where each participant gets a certificate of completion. It says: I was there! And my check cleared.
A “program of certification” is different – it says I have been tested and have proven either knowledge or skill, or even better…capability to perform. And to be fair…my check cleared.
The only thing better than that would be to have been certified to have proven to have done it successfully a couple of times or more.
That’s why I support the ISPI CPT program. It says: I did it successfully two or more times as attested to by my clients and/or supervisors and peers.
The eligibility requirements for the CPT include a minimum of three years of experience in performance improvement or related fields, and a detailed description of work performed in multiple projects in a manner that demonstrates the use of each of the Standards with attestations from internal/external clients or supervisors.
A qualified reviewer will review all the documentation received from a candidate and determine if all requirements have been met.All candidates for the certification must commit to the Code of Ethics. Once certified, performance improvement professionals must apply for re-certification every three years to maintain the CPT designation.
The 10 Standards of Performance Technology, which are based on four principles and following a systematic process to improve performance, ensure that the Certified Performance Technologist has conducted his or her work in a manner that includes the following:
- Focus on results and help clients focus on results.
- Look at situations systemically taking into consideration the larger context including competing pressures, resource constraints, and anticipated change.
- Add value in how you do the work and through the work itself.
- Utilize partnerships or collaborate with clients and other experts as required.
- Systematic assessment of the need or opportunity.
- Systematic analysis of the work and workplace to identify the cause or factors that limit performance.
- Systematic design of the solution or specification of the requirements of the solution.
- Systematic development of all or some of the solution and its elements.
- Systematic implementation of the solution.
- Systematic evaluation of the process and the results.
The Code of Ethics is intended to promote ethical practice in the profession. In order to be certified or re-certified, an applicant must sign a statement of agreement with the principles on which the Code is based. The Code of Ethics is based on six principles that guide the performance improvement process:
- Adding value
- Using validated practices
- Collaborating with others
- Continuously improving ones proficiency
- Demonstrating integrity
- Upholding confidentiality.