By Gay Bruhn
For years, employers and clients have been asking for standards and criteria to help them distinguish practitioners who have proven they can produce results through a systematic process. Until the development of the CPT designation, anyone could claim that he or she was a professional in performance improvement and training. At the same time, practitioners have been asking for a credential that would help them assess their ability, better focus their professional development efforts, and recognize their capability. In response to this need, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) developed a program through which individuals can apply to receive the designation of Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).

The two-day CPT Preparation Workshop will be offered September 10-11 in Phoenix AZ.

The CPT Preparation Workshop has been offered for years at ISPI’s Annual Conference and as an in-house workshop for organizations. The certification fee is included in the workshop fee and participants have three years to complete their application. The application requires three years of experience, a description of three projects demonstrating the 10 CPT Standards, and committing to a code of ethical practice.

CPT Workshop
September 10-11, 2012; Phoenix, Arizona
Register Online or call 301-587-8570

This interactive webinar addresses how to apply for the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) designation. It is designed to support candidates who are unable to attend an in-person workshop or participate in an in-house program sponsored by an employer, chapter, or university. The program is comprised of three 65 minute segments with a 10 minute break in between each.

learn how the CPT differs from more traditional certifications, why employers value it, and how it can benefit you. Next, we’ll delve into…

  • Part One introduces you to the requirements and first four Standards. You will learn how to avoid the common mistakes applicants make and the logic behind the standards (65 minutes).
  • Part Two continues with an explanation of the last six Standards, and what you must do to satisfy them (65 minutes).
  • Part Three explains how the certification was developed and is managed. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the projects you are considering to submit in your application (65 minutes).
For registration and more information visit the CPT Preparation Webinar page.


The 10 Standards are based on ISPI’s four principles, following a systematic process, and agreeing to a Code of Ethics. Standards are summarized below:

  1. Focus on outcomes.
  2. Take a systems view.
  3. Add value.
  4. Work in partnership with clients and stakeholders.
  5. Determine the need or opportunity.
  6. Determine the cause and the performance requirements.
  7. Design the solution including implementation and evaluation.
  8. Develop the solution and test its feasibility.
  9. Implement the solution.
  10. Measure the results and impact.
    (Complete Standards)

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is intended to promote ethical practice in the profession. To be certified or re-certified, you must sign a statement that you agree to conduct yourself in ways that are in keeping with the principles on which the code is based. The Code of Ethics is based on six principles:

  1. Add Value Principle
    Strive to conduct yourself, and manage your projects and their results, in ways that add value for your clients, their customers, and the global environment.
  2. Validated Practice Principle
    Make use of and promote validated practices in performance technology strategies and the Standards.
  3. Collaboration Principle
    Work collaboratively with clients and users, functioning as a trustworthy strategic partner.
  4. Continuous Improvement Principle
    Continually improve your proficiency in the field of performance technology.
  5. Integrity Principle
    Be honest and truthful in your representations to clients, colleagues, and others with whom you may come in contact with while practicing performance technology.
  6. Uphold Confidentiality Principle
    Maintain client confidentiality, not allowing for any conflict of interest that would benefit you or others.
    (Complete Code of Ethics)

Although the workshop is not required to earn the CPT, it gives participants the opportunity to review examples and complete standard descriptions for their applications. Expert feedback on project selection and descriptions are a key workshop activity. Many who complete the workshop often submit their applications successfully and earn their CPTs within one year.

For more information please visit CPT HOME or email for any further questions.