by Jean Strosinski, PhD, CPT, PCC
I received my CPT designation in 2003 and have renewed it three times in the last 10 years. Ten years ago, I wrestled with the decision as to my need for having another credential and I came very close to letting the pursuit of it go. There were many conversations with colleagues as to whether a credential was worth it. The typical discussion revolved around the fact that most of us had a master’s or doctorate in instructional technology methodologies, and was that not enough? Ten years ago, I was also working on obtaining a professional coaching credential and had about decided that my newer coaching career focus and my human performance technology career would not blend well.
And then, I had a conversation with another ISPI colleague and friend about the merits and value of holding a professional credential, in general. True to point, there are many professionals that hold higher educational degrees and then are required to take certifying exams or declare their professional commitments or demonstrate proficiency. It was that conversation that made me realize just how important it was for my professional colleagues to know I believed in and embraced our professional standards and Code of Ethics. And, if I believed so strongly in obtaining a coaching credential, then it was also just as important for me to pursue ISPI’s credential for the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT). The decision was to just do it! I just sat down and started writing–I had enough years in the profession and certainly enough lessons learned to choose the projects that would demonstrate my proficiency.
I came to realize the value of our standards as I began putting my portfolio together. Surprisingly, I was able to blend and weave my instructional design expertise, curriculum and program development activities, and my professional coaching into my application. That portfolio became a reflection of what I had done and, more important, a statement of how I work. The effort to produce a historical documentation of my work allowed me to reflect and acknowledge my successes and my lessons learned. What I have discovered in the last 10 years is the strength in the connection of the multiple layers of our work, how sound our methodologies are, and how strongly we as CPTs show up in every facet of an organization.
Being a CPT means I am showing up at 100% in my profession–every day and in every work effort. Renewing my commitment every 3 years allows me to feed my value of learning. I know that making a commitment to owning one’s standards does make a difference to others in their professional circles. I rarely have to explain my level of proficiency to others when I receive referrals and inquiry about new work. I know the company I work for, my team members, colleagues, and clients believe in the value of the CPT. For me, this means a few more renewals of my CPT credential–the lifelong value.
About the Author
Jean Strosinski, CPT, PhD, PCC is credentialed as both a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation and as a Certified Performance Technologist from the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI). Jean’s 30+ years includes work experiences in teaching, serving as a US Postal employee, management coaching and currently being the Team Lead for the Gregg Protection Services Team in support of DOE and DOE contractor performance improvement efforts. Additionally, she is an associate professor for Webster University, Albuquerque Campus in their HR Development Graduate program.