This is that first in what I hope is a series of posts to share my journey to achieve CCMP™, the Certified Change Management Professional™ designation. At the end of this post I’ve put a little about how I decided CCMP™ and the Standard for Change Management are for me.
On the 25 February 2020, I joined the webinar run by ACMP global and open free to members and non-members to walk us through CCMP™ and the process to achieve it. I can see why a webinar is needed, there’s much to think about before paying up to register and getting the application in. It’s not just an investment of money but a substantial investment in time, particularly to get everything needed in place and then to study for the exam at the end of the process. First, we heard about ACMP and what CCMP™ is.
We then walked through the following:
- Step 1. Checking eligibility: education, experience and training
- Step 2. Completing the application, including three 500-word essays and fees
- Step 3. Waiting while the application is assessed!
- Step 4. Application accepted, schedule exam and study for the 150 multiple-choice questions, 4 choices one right answer in 3 hours
- Step 5. Take exam in centres available worldwide, pass and use the CCMP™ designation!
The webinar finished with a helpful question and answer session.
To find out more about joining ACMP global and affiliating to the ACMP UK Chapter click here.
- I’ve given myself two weeks to complete Step 1, make sure I'm eligible and get what I need together to make the application
- 18 months: thinking about doing the CCMP and part reading lots of things
- 65 minutes: booking on and attending the CCMP webinar and actual knowing what I've got to do
- Somewhat daunted balanced with excited, ready to take the plunge
How I got to deciding to go for CCMP™
Over time my work has been more focused on leading change. With 20+ years in product, programme and project management in the education, assessment, community and international development, communications and marketing sectors. I am drawn to the Standard as a it suits my way of thinking and the language I use and am familiar with, such as the definition of ‘Change’ as “The transition from a current state to a future state”.
I was also drawn to the international and inclusive ‘feel’ that I believe comes from the process of a group of global change practitioners putting the Standard together and designing CCMP™; a considerable task that has achieved “a globally recognised credential for professionals to demonstrate their commitment to leading the way change works”.
You can see my LinkedIn profile here and I should tell you that I am currently the volunteer Communications and Marketing Director on the ACMP UK Chapter Board; click below to find out more or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org