Four Newly Certified Community Leadership Practitioners

On Tuesday, July 25, the Association of Leadership Programs formally recognized and announced four new Certified Community Leadership Practitioners during the 2023 ALP National Conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee. The four newest community leadership professionals to earn this designation are: 

Tammy White, President & CEO | Leadership Knoxville, TN
John Cherry, Vice President, Community Leadership | Leadership Knoxville, TN
Courtney Hutcheson, Director, Leadership Programs | Leadership Knoxville, TN
Cheryl Johnson, President | Leadership Montgomery, AL

The Certified Community Leadership Practitioner (CCLP) program was developed in response to membership feedback to provide extensive ongoing training opportunities for community leadership program professionals. The CCLP designation provides community leadership program professionals an incentive to achieve excellence in professional performance with mastery of essential skills. The development of the Certified Community Leadership Practitioner program began in 2016, with the first CORE training course offered in 2019 in conjunction with the ALP National Conference held that year in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 23 Community Leadership professionals participated in the first cohort. Since 2019, 64 CLP professionals have completed the required 16 hours of CORE training.

Ten individuals have completed the process and earned the CCLP designation, including the four recently recognized in Knoxville. “I am thrilled to announce four additional CCLP graduates,’ shared Lura Hammond, Executive Director of ALP. “Achieving this designation amplifies the participant's knowledge of Community Leadership and establishes a strong commitment to further the advancement of leaders doing good in their communities.” 
“I know the value of this professional development will enhance our team at LEAD Knoxville.  That is why I made this a priority for our team.  It certainly provided knowledge to move our organization to a higher level”, shared Tammy White, President and CEO of Leadership Knoxville.

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.

The next CCLP CORE training course will be offered in 2024. Learn more about the CCLP Program.

Contact: Ashley Mudd, Director of Programs

About the Association of Leadership Programs
The Association of Leadership Programs serves over 280 community leadership programs across the United States and beyond. The association strives to enhance the well-being of all communities through the work of community leadership programs. Founded in 2010, the mission of ALP is to strengthen the effectiveness of leadership programs and professionals. Authentic and organic community leadership development requires taking a critical look at situations, opportunities, and challenges our communities face through the lens of the entire community and pursuing a course that enhances the well-being of all.