CCMP Spotlight

Featured CCMP Certificant: Kathryn Taylor

Why did you decide to pursue the CCMP?

I was incredibly excited when the ACMP announced it would be introducing the CCMP credential! At the time it was rolled-out, I was working in a change management center of excellence as an internal change management consultant. We had developed an in-house a Management Program to certify some 400 people-leaders across the organization in leading change. I decided to pursue my CCMP because I wanted to provide confidence to the leaders in the room that I was not only experienced, but I had a globally recognized certification based on an industry leading standard.

Secondly, I knew that getting my CCMP would allow me to pursue my goal of becoming an independent consultant. I’m a big believer in on-the-job experience but I also recognize the value in having credentials to support my profession and earning my CCMP would help validate my experience.

Lastly, I am passionate the change management practice and I wanted to share my experience and connect with other change professionals.  I knew that by pursing my CCMP, I would inevitably open my network and it has! I have just returned from the Orlando ACMP conference and I can say with confidence the industry is thriving.

How did you prepare for the CCMP?

I prepared by ensuring I had met all the criteria such as education, experience and training…then I began studying for my exam. I was lucky enough to prepare with three of my colleagues. We had all decided to pursue our CCMP and we wanted to be part of “the first 500”. My focus was on becoming very familiar with the standard. This is my list of tips for those taking the exam:

  • Get to know the standard. Read it and read it again.
  • Make notes! I found that adding examples to each section helpful.
  • Study in a group if that works for you. We prepared by asking one another questions and comparing notes.
  • Give yourself time to study. I gave myself about a month to study for the exam. I used evenings and weekends to prepare.
  • Don’t stress! ACMP has resources available to help guide your studying. Such as the Exam Prep Guide or the Flash Cards Study Tool

How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally?

Earning the CCMP has benefited me both professionally and personally. A personal goal of mine was to work for myself and become a Change Management Consultant. Earning the CCMP has given me the confidence and credibility to do this successfully.

Professionally it has opened doors. Change Management is a relatively new profession (though it’s been around for years) and it only strengthens your credibility to have the globally recognized designation.  It has acted as a foundation for me, I have been able to network with confidence because I know that I have achieved the highest credential in my field.

David Haigh – CCMP Spotlight April 2019

Why did you decide to pursue the CCMP?

The CCMP is a demonstration of professional, personal commitment to leading change effectively. Change isn’t easy!  But with good change management, change can focus on the human side of change, and all stakeholders can feel the benefits of it.

I’ve been blessed in my career to have lead changes for over twenty years – I saw this as an opportunity to crystallize that leadership into a tangible commitment.

I also saw the CCMP as a strong complement to my background as a continuous improvement professional, with my designation as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  I strongly encourage other CI professionals to consider obtaining the CCMP to bring the human side to the improvements they are leading.

How did you prepare for the CCMP?
I studied!  I read and re-read the Standard, and using a tip from the ACMP website, I made my own set of hand-written flash cards! The deck was 2 inches thick, and anytime I had a free moment, I pulled out a flash card and tested myself. It was a great way to ensure I had the vocabulary, concepts, and processes in the Standard available at my fingertips.

I proactively joined my local chapter to access materials and advice they had before pursuing the designation. I devoured any training, webinars, and other content to give me the fullest context, and also completed online change management training through Acuity. I appreciated their online format and alignment with the concepts in the Standard to help me prepare.

How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally?
Personally, I’ve benefited from the satisfaction of knowing I could pursue and obtain a significant designation like the CCMP, including passing the exam! It’s broadened and deepened my knowledge of change management, expanded my network into the wonderful world of change management experts and consultants across the GTA and around the world, and helped me feel connected with other people that are as passionate about change as I am!

It’s been a great personal learning about other disciplines that value and live into change – human resources, communications, project managers, counselors and advisors – and that has opened my mind about bringing those disciplines and skill sets into the work I’m humbled to lead.

I’ve also personally grown from being a mentor in the Toronto chapter’s pilot mentoring program, both from working with my mentee, and from other mentors and mentees.  (I’m excited they are offering it again in 2019!)

Joseph Fernandes – CCMP Spotlight March 2019

Why did you decide to pursue the CCMP?

I decided to pursue the CCMP credential because it is a highly respected designation. Being a CCMP helps to convey, to the people that I work for and with, my commitment to excellence in how I lead and support change.

How did you prepare for the CCMP?

My preparation for the CCMP exam primarily involved independent study. I spent several days carefully reviewing The Standard for Change Management and also made use of the flash cards available on the website.

How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally?

Earning my CCMP helped me to transition to a new, very interesting role in my organization. Planning for, and supporting, change is a key aspect of my new role. Having the CCMP designation was one of the factors that influenced my selection for the role over other qualified candidates.

Leia Patzernuk – CCMP Spotlight June 2018

 Why did you decide to pursue the CCMP

Once I had heard about the CCMP, I knew it was a credential that I wanted to pursue.  I’ve been a change management practitioner for 10+ years, both internally focused, and provided external consulting support for other organizations embarking on technology related change initiatives.  When looking into my options, I really felt that the ACMP Standard provided an understandable and structured approach to change. Like so many others, I had investigated other options, but felt this one was most appropriate given the strategic nature, as well as the flexibility to apply it to any change initiative, not just internal organizational excellence projects.  In addition, the requirement for the years of experience helped solidify that I would be in good company, and would feel confident in adding the CCMP to my signature.

How did you prepare for the CCMP

Preparation for the CCMP included diving deep into the Standard.  I wanted to ensure that I not only understood but had experience in each of the elements covered.  To support my self-paced learning, I also attended a course provided by jTask Inc., which was extremely helpful in bringing the Standard to life for me, which included some great discussion with both Roger (the trainer), and the other attendees.  Finally, I spent time using the ACMP flashcards and materials to really reinforce the content, and ensure that I knew and could use the principles covered.

How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally

The CCMP Certification has been a great addition to my skill set.  Not only am I able to provide a structured approach to change, but I’m able to effectively consult with others, and provide recommendations that help drive success.  As well, I’ve been able to share my skills and experience with my team members, allowing us to provide improved change management services and offerings for the organizations that we support, really improving the customer experience.

CCMP Spotlight: April 2018 – Betsy Bond

Name: Betsy Bond of Bonding Change

Why did you decide to pursue the CCMP?
I joined ACMP in 2012 and learned the certification was in the works, and I knew then I’d be an early adopter of a certification dedicated to the change management discipline. I volunteered to help with the CCMP launch and was part of the beta group that tested the first release of the exam.

How did you prepare for the CCMP?
I read the ACMP Standard and Code of Ethics several times, and took notes to help solidifying the points in my memory. I also used JTask’s deck of cards to test my recall of the elements within the standard, and I kept playing it until I got it consistently correct.

How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally?
Certainly there is a sense of accomplishment to have the certification, and I often take the opportunity to explain CCMP to recruiters and hiring organizations. As awareness grows for the certification, it will help me stand out in the crowd as more and more people join the change management profession. Thanks ACMP!