I have been a member of the ACMP since 2013. The CCMP was introduced as an accreditation based upon practice of the change management methodology. I loved that this certification recognized change management application and continual learning through education and experiences. They offered many sessions to learn more about CCMP and were a support throughout the whole process from application to certification approval.
How did you prepare for the CCMP?
I first prepared documentation of the change management experiences I worked on, inclusive of the number of hours and a synopsis of each initiative. A template is provided to assist you in this part of the process. I then selected three essay questions and captured my experiences in these essays. Finally, I studied the ACMP Standard and reviewed the preparatory materials that were provided (flash cards and test specifications) and thought through the application of these principles in my experiences.
How has earning the CCMP benefited you personally and professionally?
This certification allows an individual pursuing it the ability to exemplify proven experience in the practice. Whereas some certifications are provided after a course completion, this is a more holistic certification based on continual learning in the field and application of the methodology. It has allowed me to connect with fellow change management professionals, share best practices, and understand how other industries are applying the methodology. How best to learn than from each other? ACMP provides forums to fuel the advancement of the change management profession.