Meurs Earns CCLP Designation

The Association of Leadership Programs is thrilled to recognize and announce the newest Certified Community Leadership Practitioner: Carli M. Meurs, MBA, CCLP.

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, 79 CLP professionals have completed the required 16 hours of CORE training.

Twelve individuals, including Meurs, have completed the process, passed the certification exam, and earned the CCLP designation. 

“I am thankful Leadership Kitsap required earning the CCLP designation as a condition of hire. As someone with no previous ‘on paper’ Executive Director experience but an LK Class of 2017 (Best Class Ever) graduate, the LK Board saw in me the value a Community Leadership Program can bring to an individual. The CCLP program with ALP has been a rewarding experience that allowed me to build strong connections with others in my line of work, fostering national and international program partnerships for the professional growth of our organization. However, it’s the personal confidence in my own work that has been the unexpected benefit of the program. It’s that subtle shift from ‘I think I know what I’m doing.’ to ‘Yes, I know what I’m doing.’ that has created a channel for ideas and new techniques to flow through freely.” shared Carli, Executive Director of Leadership Kitsap based in Bremerton, Washington.

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 2025. Learn more about the CCLP Program.

Contact: Jessie Baginski, 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.