Get Certified

Want to grow your career? Interested in personal and professional development? Then WPDP or CWS programs may be for you.

IAWP provides two programs to obtain professional certifications for Workforce professionals. Both programs are self-guided and very affordable.


WPDP is a series of study guides and examinations designed to measure and recognize an individual’s knowledge of workforce development programs.

Created in 1988, WPDP gives workforce professionals an opportunity to enhance knowledge and career growth.

Several state Workforce Development Agency training programs have incorporated WPDP and recognize it as a useful tool. Resource guides and online exams currently available are:

  • The History of Workforce Development
  • Business and Job Seeker
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Labor Market Information.


IAWP believes that to grow as people and to grow in our careers, we need to be lifelong learners. That’s why IAWP is committed to helping its members achieve professional development goals and it is the reason the Certified Workforce Specialist (CWS) Program was developed.

The “CWS” credential after your name shows you are part of an outstanding group of workforce professionals who have extensive knowledge and experience in workforce issues.

It shows you have passed a rigorous competency-based testing program from an international association, that you are respected by your peers, and that you see professional membership as an important part of your career.

The CWS designation shows current and potential employers your initiative in developing, maintaining, and improving your career skills within the workforce field.

Want more information about either of these professional development opportunities?

Contact Steve Ruggles, Education Chair, WA State Chapter at .