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Don’t Forget Training When Assessing Your Recognition Program

Posted By David Layman, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Why CRP Certification Works

RPI’s Best Practice Standards help organizations with an overview of how best to set up, implement and maintain an effective recognition program. These standards were developed through extensive academic research in recognition, as well as knowledge gained from professional conferences and shared experiences in developing successful recognition programs.

To ensure success, companies should develop a plan that addresses each of the seven best practices, and routinely assess and measure whether each standard is being met.

Unfortunately, recognition training, which is one of the seven best practices, is often overlooked. Having people in your company who are trained in recognition principles can be instrumental to your program’s continued success.

Here are some reasons you should consider signing up for RPI’s Recognition Fundamentals or Certified Recognition Professionals (CRP) courses today:

  1. RPI’s recognition training, including CRP and Recognition Fundamentals, is extremely useful and applicable to a wide variety of participants who deal with employee recognition, engagement or other employee issues on a day-to-day basis, including practitioners involved in recognition programs, recognition resource providers and HR.

  2. Credibility and dedication to recognition best practices – RPI’s Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) training is the best training in the industry. Program goals set out by RPI include: raising professional standards of those engaged in employee recognition; encouraging continued education for professional development; encouraging self-development by offering guidelines for achievement in the employee recognition profession; and awarding and identifying special recognition to those persons who have demonstrated a comprehensive knowledge of those principles and practices of employee recognition and also laws governing and affecting employee recognition.

  3. Network of recognition industry peers – participating in the in-person training allow you to work with professionals from a wide range of industries who are working in recognition.

  4. Recertification – RPI offers recertification of the CRP designation which helps individuals to keep up to date on new issues and trends related to recognition. It also is a personal investment that adds to your credibility in keeping current with recognition learning.

  5. Convenience – CRP classes are offered at RPI’s annual conference so it is easy to participate in RPI and to have the opportunity for continued education in recognition. However, the courses are now being offered online, which makes it even easier to learn and get certified.  

Start your Certified Recognition Professional® (CRP) curriculum with Structuring Recognition Programs for Success (CRP I), which is now also offered online. The curriculum has been refreshed based on input from past participants and the 7 Best Practice Standards, and offers valuable content with Building a Recognition Blueprint (formerly CRP II), Designing and Implementing Recognition Programs (Formerly CRP III) and Creating a Recognition Culture (formerly CRP IV). These three additional CRP courses are available at the RPI Annual Conference.  

CRP certification helps guide participants through this Best Practice process and produce measurable benefits for their organizations. For more, go to

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