Owl's Ledge

CPLP Certification Preparation & Instructional Design Workshops in the Middle East
Owl’s Ledge

Owl’s Ledge is a learning & performance and project management consulting firm located in Wheaton, IL – a suburb of Chicago founded in 2003 by Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP and assists organizations in helping their people to become Ready, Willing and Able in chaotic, complex & changing business environments.

Owl’s Ledge has the following service offerings:

  • Strategy development – applying the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model for learning excellence – from Accidental Trainers to seasoned learning & performance professionals
  • Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP®) certification study preparation materials, facilitation & coaching – visit www.cplpcoach.com
  • Project management training & consulting – visit www.accidentalprojectmanager.com
  • Learning & performance and project management consulting services

CPLP Boot Camp Lite: The ASTD Competency Model & Professional Certification

The CPLP™ Boot Camp provides an overview of the ASTD Certified Professional in Learning & Performance™ (CPLP) certification program and the 2004 ASTD Competency Model™ the credential is based on. Discover how and why certification and the competency model are relevant to your work and to the workplace learning & performance industry as a whole.

Session Outline

  • Communicate how ASTD is using the CPLP® to lobby the U.S. Department of Labor to recognize workplace learning & performance as a profession.
  • Describe how recognition as a member of a profession can raise your credibility in the workplace.
  • Identify organizations that are using the CPLP® as a framework for career paths and for continued professional growth and ongoing education of their learning & performance employees.
  • Articulate the history, development, and purpose of the CPLP® certification program, including its foundation on the 2004 ASTD Competency Model® (and speak to the 2007 ASTD Competency Model refresh).
  • Paths to success — potential funding sources for certification.

Click here to View the Recorded Webinar – approx 90 minutes

Download the session Workbook here (link opens PDF)

Instructional Design I (Fundamentals)


Based on the best practices and professional standard outlined in the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model, this workshop provides participants with a proven, systematic approach to designing and developing learning solutions address performance gaps and meet business needs.

Who Should attend

  • Instructional designers
  • E-learning developers
  • Educators
  • Training specialists and trainers
  • Consultants
  • Training contractors and providers
  • Subject Matter Experts
  • Accidental Trainers
  • Clinical Educators
  • Training and development specialists
  • Training coordinators
  • Needs assessment analysts
  • Evaluators of training programs
  • Trainers with little or no design training
  • Experienced trainers who want to improve the results of their training
  • Subject Matter Experts who design training


As a participant in this workshop, you will:

  • Conduct a training needs assessment
  • Analyze business need, audience needs, and the performance gap
  • Define success criteria
  • Link training design and development to performance objectives and business results
  • Learn how to facilitate meetings with Subject Matter Experts
  • Write learning objectives
  • Identify and sequence content
  • Apply adult learning principles
  • Develop training materials using instructional strategies
  • Create a basic Formative Evaluation Plan
  • Create a Kirkpatrick Level 1 Summative Evaluation
  • Learn the basics of reporting training results


You will leave this workshop with:

  • A consistent framework and common language for designing learning
  • Hands-on practice using a systematic approach for designing training from start to finish
  • A participant workbook with activities, examples, and reference materials
  • Job aids for planning, designing, developing & evaluating
  • Templates for creating an Analysis Document, Training Design Document, and Kirkpatrick Level 1 Evaluation Form
  • A Certificate of Completion


Day 1

  • Introduction to Learning & Performance
  • Overview of the ASTD Workplace Learning & Performance (WLP) Competency Model
    • Competencies &Training
    • KSAs: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    • Role of the Instructional Designer
    • Terminology: The Language of Learning
    • Understanding Your Own Learning Styles Using VARK
  • Basic Training Strategy
  • Overview of the ADDIE Model
  • Planning
  • Analysis
    • Data Collection Methods for Assessment
      • Interviews to Surveys
      • Comparisons: Advantages / Disadvantages of Each
  • Tools for Training Needs Analysis
    • Business Needs
    • Performance Gap
    • Audience Needs
  • Evaluation Plan: Defining What Good Looks Like
  • Design
    • Linking Design to Performance Results and Business Outcomes
    • Adult Learning Principles
    • Performance Measures | Aligning to Business Outcomes
    • Learning Domains (Interpersonal, Cognitive, Psychomotor, Affective)
    • Designing Using Instructional Strategies

Day 2

  • Output
  • Development
    • Facilitating Meetings w SMEs
    • Writing Learning Objectives
    • Structuring your Training Program | Sequencing (Content Flow)
    • Formative Evaluation
    • Identifying Content
      • Using Media – Audio/Visual & Copyright
  • Implementation
    • Pilot
  • Outcomes
  • Evaluation
    • Summative Evaluation
    • Basics of Validating & Reporting Results
Integration with Other AOEs / Workshops (fundamental)

  • Measurement & Evaluation (Kirkpatrick)
  • Project Management (Russell)