Certified Community Leadership Practitioner (CCLP)
The Certified Community Leadership Practitioner (CCLP) Certification is designed to enhance individual performance, elevate professional standards, and recognize Association, Chamber of Commerce, and other Non-Profit professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of program development in a leadership organization.
The Association of Leadership Programs (ALP) oversees the certification process to obtain the CCLP designation. Training includes a series of learning components covering personal, practical and theoretical leadership. Candidates must complete 16 hours of CORE training, 24 hours of pre-designated coursework plus an additional 10 hours of elective coursework for a total of 50 hours prior to submitting an application to sit for the CCLP examination. The final requirement is completing and passing the written exam. All steps must be completed to be eligible to obtain the CCLP designation.
For questions about the CCLP program, contact Tori Colarusso at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Courses for CCLP Certification
- Financials, Accounting, Fundraising, and Other Revenue Streams
- Friday, October 21 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET
- Registration link
- VIRTUAL CORE Training
- Friday, February 3 & 24, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
- Full participation in both session days is mandatory
- Registration link
Requirements for CCLP Certification
The steps in the CCLP process are designed in sequential order so that you have time to take in content as well as time to integrate learning into your daily practice. The goal is not speed. The goal is development of competencies.
Completion of the CORE course encompassing the following five modules is the first step in the designation process
|Module 1: Program Scope|
|Module 2: Program Specifics|
Module 3: Program Strategies
Module 4: Program Systems
Module 5: Program Sustainability
The next step in the certification process is the completion of the following pre-designated training courses. Courses can be taken in-person or online and in any order but must be completed within a 3-year period.
1 - Adult Learning (4 hours)
Understanding the characteristics of adult learning and ensuring your community leadership program curriculum is set up so that your participants truly learn.
2 - Advanced Facilitation (4 hours)
Beyond the basics. Learn the skills necessary to facilitate effective and powerful group discussions to help teams move past complex problems or controversial topics through dialogue, feedback, and consensus building.
3 - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (4 hours)
Achieving greater Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a complex process that requires change in various dimensions—policies, practices, attitudes, and behaviors. This session will address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and topics; information will be presented focused on unconscious bias, cultural competencies, equity audits and building allies to create and leverage diversity.
4 - Financials, Accounting, Fundraising and Other Revenue Streams (4 hours)
One of the leading reasons for under performance and job loss in the nonprofit industry is poor fiscal stewardship and management. Don‘t let this area be the cause of your demise. Learn about the core financial building blocks for a fiscally strong Community Leadership Program and how to enhance sustainability and continuity.
Facilitators: A. Michael Gelman, Michael Bennett, Myra Smith & Vikki Keszey
5 - Leadership Theories and Applications (4 hours)
Every program has fundamental principles it conveys as part of their curriculum. What theory or theories best embody what you are trying to teach? How can you create activities and adult learning practices that help your participants practice those theories? Relate key learning to community leadership development responsibilities and describe the relationship between Servant Leadership and Community Leadership.
6 - Developing and Managing Volunteers and Boards (4 hours)
A key indicator of a successful community leadership program is its ability to identify, attract, and retain quality volunteer leaders. Examine leadership and succession programs through strategic volunteer development.
Completion of an additional 10 hours of elective coursework is the next requirement. Electives can be classes or webinars that align with core CCLP principles and address gaps in your knowledge/competency to effectively lead in the field of community leadership. These courses are selected by the candidate based on their individual training needs but must be pre-approved and fall under one of the following categories:
|Learning Courses taken 12 months prior to Step 1 in the CCLP process could be considered|
Upon completion of the training and employment requirements, the next step in the certification process is the submission of the application to sit for the certification exam. A score of 70 or higher must be received on the application to be approved.
The Certified Community Leadership Practitioner (CCLP) certification designates a committed association professional who has demonstrated a wide range of knowledge essential to manage a community leadership program.
Eligibility to submit this application includes:
- Completion of 16-hour CORE Training
- Completion of 24 hours of Pre-designated Coursework
- Completion of 10 hours of Elective Coursework
- Three (3) years of continuous employment and/or involvement in the community leadership field
- Be an organizational or individual member of ALP
- All associated fees must be paid in full
Use the CCLP Application Guide link below to receive a copy of an application guide. This Application Guide provides information that you need to have available to complete the online application. There is not a fee to obtain the application.
The final application must be completed online (contact Tori Colarusso at email@example.com for link) and submitted for approval prior to obtaining the EXAM. A notice will be sent to candidate within 24 hours after application submission with Exam procedure information.
The CCLP exam content is aligned with the required training coursework which provides comprehensive, current and applicable information for leadership program practitioners. The exam includes multiple choice, essay, matching, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions and is offered multiple times each year at ALP approved sites.
To prepare to sit for the exam, you should review the Exam Prep Guide.
Prior to sitting for the exam, please be aware:
- The test covers the material contained in the CCLP program and is not specific to your program.
- You should allow adequate time to complete the exam.
- 80% is a passing score. You may retest without an additional fee.
- Once you click Submit Form at the bottom of the page, all answered and unanswered questions are locked in and cannot be changed!
- You may temporarily skip a question and then come back to answer or change your answer at any time before clicking submit.
- Ask your Proctor any procedural questions before you begin.
For more information contact : Tori Colarusso, Director of Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure a CCLP designee remains progressive and knowledgeable in the profession, re-certification is required every three years. Re-certification points can be achieved through professional education, contributions to the profession, service, and participation in leadership meetings, conferences and programs. The designee is responsible for maintaining a record of all re-certification requirements. A re-certification fee of $200 must be submitted before an application for re-certification will be reviewed.
(for CCLP Certification)
|CORE Community Leadership Practitioner Course (CORE CLP)|
Adult Learning (AL)
Advanced Facilitation (AF)
|Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)||4 hours||$150|
|Financial/Accounting/Fundraising Revenue Streams (FAFRS)||4 hours||$150|
|Leadership Theories and Applications (LTA)||4 hours||$150|
|Developing and Managing Volunteers and Boards (DMVB)||4 hours||$150|
*Completion of an additional 10 hours of elective coursework are required to meet the 50 hours of required training. Any expenses incurred in the procurement of this requirement is borne by the applicant.
**Must be an ALP member to qualify for CCLP certification.
***Non-Members may take courses for professional development purposes. See registration link for pricing.