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 an overview of the program and 2023 offerings, view this guide.
For questions about the CCLP program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Courses for CCLP Certification
2023 Predesignated Courses - Upcoming
- Monday, June 5 | Advanced Facilitation
- Monday, June 26 | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Monday, August 21 | Financials and Accounting
All predesignated courses are held virtually from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. Click through each date to register for sessions of interest.
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 the development of competencies. Earning the CCLP designation is contingent on each individual passing an exam on the CCLP program content. In order to prepare for this exam, it is necessary for each participant to attend each course and take extensive notes on the content. No study guide materials will be distributed.
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 underperformance 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.
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 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 proctored online at a time you schedule upon the completion of all requirements.
Before sitting for the exam, please be aware of the following:
- The test covers the material contained in the CCLP program and is not specific to your Community Leadership Program.
- You should allow adequate time to complete the exam.
- 80% is a passing score. You may retest one time 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: 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)
|Session||Course Hours||Member Rate||Non-Member Rate|
|CORE Community Leadership Practitioner Course (CORE CLP)|
Adult Learning (AL)
Advanced Facilitation (AF)
|Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)||4 hours||$150||$300|
|Financial/Accounting/Fundraising Revenue Streams (FAFRS)||4 hours||$150||$300|
|Leadership Theories and Applications (LTA)||4 hours||$150||$300|
|Developing and Managing Volunteers and Boards (DMVB)||4 hours||$150||$300|
*Completion of an additional 10 hours of elective coursework is required to meet the 50 hours of required training. The applicant bears any expenses incurred in the procurement of this requirement.
**Must be an ALP member to qualify for CCLP certification.
***Non-Members may take courses for professional development purposes. See registration link for pricing.