Workforce Professional Development ProgramThe Workforce Professional Development Program (WPDP) supports personal and organizational advancement and is recognized as one of the leading training programs for workforce professionals.
Development began in 1986 with a task force representing the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). Others assisting included, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Service and the South Carolina Employment Security Commission.
WPDP consists of a series of study guides and examinations designed to measure and recognize an individual’s knowledge of workforce development programs. WPDP provides workforce professionals an opportunity to enhance knowledge and career growth. Several organizations have incorporated WPDP and recognize it as a useful training resource.
WPDP consists of 4 modules: History of Workforce Development, Unemployment Insurance, Labor Market Information and Business and Job Seeker. Each module has 4 units (lessons) and each unit has a 25 question, multiple choice quiz. At the end of each module you will receive an electronic badge that you may display to recognize your achievement. You will also receive a personalized certificate upon completion of the full program.
Do you want to expand your career advancement options and provide the best service to your workforce customers? One of the best ways to achieve both is to attain the the Certified Workforce Professional (CWP) designation from IAWP. The CWP helps individuals stay abreast of ever changing laws and regulations, trends in the workforce profession, and prepare for the future. In addition to individuals, organizations can ensure that their team is prepared to meet the needs their customers and clients in the workforce system by special CWP group options.
Reasons to Earn the CWP
After completing the Workforce Professional Development Program (WPDP) and gaining 30 hours of approved workforce development training you are eligible to apply for your CWP*. To support you, IAWP provides professional development opportunities, the annual Workforce Development Conference, and approved training through IAWP Chapters.
The CWP credential after your name shows you are part of an outstanding group of workforce professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience in workforce issues as well as shows current and potential employers your initiative in developing, maintaining, and improving your career skills within the workforce field.