Our graduates are
leading the way change
works and want to inspire you to join them!
We reached out to our CCMP graduates for their CCMP
story and we look forward to sharing them with you
in upcoming communications.
This month’s featured graduate is Donna Castellano,
Senior Vice President of Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.
How has obtaining the CCMP benefited
you professionally and personally?
“I feel extremely fortunate to have been given
the chance to obtain my CCMP right at the forefront.
It was a personal goal to achieve my CCMP however
has proved to be of additional benefit in the short
time since acquiring it. I have been pleasantly
surprised by the surge in contacts asking for my
insight and assistance to introduce or enhance Change
Management in various organizations. The
company I work for acknowledged my accomplishment
and also had me present Change Management to our
leadership group which in turn has helped to put
this as an organizational focus. Having my certification
now gives me the backing and reference I have needed
at times to inform and provide insight to the profession
and the standards it upholds.
On a personal front, it has given me the opportunity
to contribute and help others in pursuit of information.
I have been overwhelmed (in a positive way) by the
number of contacts locally but also from global
locations asking for my input and assistance with
their certification journey. As a Board Member of
ACMP Manitoba, I am able to help with certification
awareness and contribute my knowledge to our chapter
members and friends. An added bonus I didn't anticipate
was inquiries for speaking engagements and workshop
facilitation on Change Management. It has also provided
an expansion on my career horizon as I see so many
organizations creating areas and multi-level positions
specific to Change Management. The CCMP
has definitely opened many more doors, provided
opportunities and has given me a great foundation
to connect with Change Management professionals
around the globe.”
Why the CCMP?
“As a practitioner of both Project Management
(PM) and Change Management(CM), I continuously wear
multiple hats when delivering the tangibles (project)
vs the human impact (change). Obtaining
my CCMP was never a question as I felt
this would both compliment my PMP designation as
well help to delineate the professions and the practicum
required of each. I felt having this certification
would help to identify Change Management as its
own profession and discipline rather than it continuing
to be "blurred" within another. The CCMP ensures
those in the profession have met specified requirements
and adhere to a common set of standards, framework
and ethics that are practiced globally. As a practitioner,
educator and a founding ACMP Manitoba Chapter Board
member it was important for me to support this maturing
profession and stand behind the certification.”
How did you prepare for the CCMP?
There are some great tips here!
"My main preparation steps included:
- Completing the application approval process
and familiarizing myself with the
- Logging the number of
practicum and educational hours to ensure
I had enough to meet the requirements.
- Calling the exam writing center to confirm
a date to take my CCMP. This helped to establish
my target study time line.
- Referencing the
site as it had great exam prep information,
a blog, printable definition flash cards, a
few question examples, etc.
- Printing out the
exam prep specifications list to ensure
I was always aware of the domains, tasks and
% of questions (this provided a great guide)
- Read and re-read many times over the
ACMP Standard Guide (know your processes
inside and out)
- A great deal of memorizing the process inputs
- Having a study partner was beneficial!"