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Yes, getting the CCMP designation takes work, but you can approach your application with confidence by following these easy steps.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
The first step is to ensure you meet the basic requirements.
Education: You need a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
Experience: Based on your education level, determine whether you have the required number of hours of experience. The CCMP credential is meant to represent that you can successfully apply leading practices in change management. Therefore, experience hours must be focused on change management tasks described in The ACMP Standard for Change Management.
Training: You require 21 hours of instructor-led training in change management.
- Do you have the full 21 hours? Find a Qualified Education Provider (QEP) that can help close the gap.
- Did the training align with The Standard? If you took training with a QEP, then the answer is 'yes'. If not, you must check the materials for alignment.
- If you did not take change management training with a Qualified Education Provider , do you have the course outline, objectives and materials? You will need them so you can check alignment, and compose a submission CCMP can validate as aligned.
Avoid This Hazard: You cannot use courses you have taught as part of your 21 hours. The credential is meant to establish that individuals have invested in their own skill development. Training delivered by you can be used for recertification.
For more information about training requirements, refer to our FAQ.
Step 2a: Download our nifty template
Do you want to know what the application form will require? Would you like to get a start on pulling together your submission before starting the online application?
Well then, we have a tool for you! Our handy-dandy spreadsheet includes all the fields you will have to complete, except for the essay questions. You can use the built-in formulas to quickly check whether you have sufficient hours and training to apply.
The template also allows you to gather all of your information in one place so you are ready to complete the online application.
Download the template now:
Step 2b: Upgrade your training
If you haven't completed all 21 hours of your training, or if it was not within the last seven years, plan on taking some more training. There's always more to learn! Our Qualified Education Providers offer both classroom and online courses aligned with The Standard.
STEP 3: Complete the Online Application and Essay Questions
If you used our template, completing the online application is easy! If you are submitting non-QEP training, be sure to attach sufficient information so it can be evaluated. (see our Training FAQ).
For the essay questions, you only need to answer 3 out of 5 possible questions. If you answer more, only the first 3 will be reviewed. Choose three where you can best illustrate your experience.
Save your application and begin writing your essay responses offline using a word processor such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Each essay response can have up to 500 words - use the word count function to ensure you don't go over.
To do your best, it is recommended that you:
- Check your response to ensure you have answered all parts of the essay question - if your answer is short (less than 100 words) it is likely you have not answered all parts of the question
- Use your personal experience to respond, adding examples of what you have done where appropriate
- Write your answers, take a break, then review them again to ensure you are satisfied before copying the text into the application form
Step 4: Agree to the Statement of Understanding
To proceed with your application, you must agree to the Statement of Understanding - a declaration of the accuracy of your submission and your commitment to comply with ACMP's Code of Ethics.
You can read the entire statement here.
Step 5: Download the study documents
Print a copy of each or keep them loaded on your preferred device so you can 'study on the go'.
Step 6. Study!
Check out our updated exam study guide! We've pulled together a number of tips to help you prepare for success.
Regardless of what step you are on in the application process, starting your studies sooner will go a long way to help you prepare for the exam.
Are you ready? Take the first step now!