Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP)

Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP)

People who earn the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP) certification are qualified to build and lead resilient teams in the workplace by creating a positive climate, developing cohesion, and providing purpose.

RBLP is our core leader certification for supervisors and people seeking a supervisory position.

Supervisor Defined: For supervisors, leadership is mostly about guiding and motivating people to get the organization’s work done. They have hands-on the organization’s products and services, and they are in direct contact with customers, clients, and the public. Supervisors provide guidance and direction to workers. They set priorities for workers and oversee their activities. Supervisors organize people to work in teams and may work alongside subordinates as a member of the team. Supervisors monitor performance and enforce policies, rules, and regulations. They have applicable technical expertise and can provide on-the-job training to workers.

Applicants for RBLP leader certification must have at least two years of work and/or college experience.

When people earn one of our leader certifications, they become members of the RBLP® Community of Practice for Certified Leaders.

Career Benefits of Leader Training and Certification

Better Compensation and Career Longevity. Earning a leader certification can make you more attractive to current and potential employers. This can lead to a higher salary because certified leaders are considered more skilled and capable. Moreover, the knowledge and skills that you gain from earning a leader certification can contribute to a longer, more stable career.

Greater Confidence in Professional Abilities. Getting certified is a structured learning and assessment experience that improves your leadership abilities. Earning a leader certification is likely to introduce you to new ideas and concepts. Gaining a comprehensive understanding of leader tasks will instill a greater sense of confidence in yourself.

Increased Autonomy in the Workplace. With the knowledge and skills gained from earning a leadership certification, you can expect more autonomy at work. Current and future employers will be more likely to give you additional responsibilities and decision-making authority.

Increased Professional Trust from Employers and the Public. Earning a leadership certification demonstrates your commitment to professionalism. Current and potential employers will place more trust in you because you are a certified leader. Getting certified will also help you earn the trust of your organization’s customers, clients, and the public.

Improved Opportunities for Employability and Advancement. Earning a leadership certification will help you stand out in the job market. Leader certification demonstrates your understanding of how to improve motivation and commitment, boost teamwork, and raise morale in the workplace. This will make you a strong candidate for job opportunities, promotions, and assignments.

Increased Recognition by Peers and Respect of Colleagues. Earning a leadership certification not only brings formal recognition but can also lead to increased respect from your peers and colleagues. Being seen as a credible and effective leader will benefit your professional reputation.

Resilience-Building Leader Program (RBLP®) is the credentialing body for the Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® certifications. Our mission is to certify leaders who know how to build and lead resilient teams.

Why? Because in any organization, getting the work done can be hard. Sometimes, it can be really hard. Resilient teams thrive in challenging environments because they can overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together.

Leaders build resilient teams by creating a positive climate, developing cohesion, and providing purpose. Building resilient teams makes team learning possible. Team learning is the foundation of organizational learning and change. Our certification exams assess your factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural knowledge (how) of these leader competencies.

Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP)

Certification Steps

1. Complete Self-Study Leader Training

Applicants for RBLP certification can complete self-study leader training (18 hours) focused on the Create a Positive Climate, Develop Cohesion, and Provide Purpose competency domains.

Module 1 Lesson: Raise morale in the workplace by creating a positive climate for people to work in.

Module 2 Lesson: Boost teamwork by developing cohesion among team members.

Module 3 Lesson: Improve motivation and commitment by providing purpose in the workplace.

Our self-study leader training option requires learning key terms and ideas, reading assignments to prompt critical thinking, and reflecting on your unique leader/follower experience.

Access to our curriculum for self-study leader training is free and our optional Exam Prep Study Tool is only $24.95 for a month of access. Study on your own, or with a group, and then schedule your online certification exam.

Our Study Tool uses spaced repetition technology. Spaced repetition study tools are especially effective for adult learners who study in shorter yet more frequent sessions. It’s a personalized and self-paced method to retain information longer, which ensures that learners become more competent and confident as they prepare for their certification exam.

Our Study Tool includes quizzes with scenario-based questions that test your factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural (how) knowledge by matching the scenario to the most applicable leader task in that domain. Our Study Tool also includes flashcards of key terms and ideas, audio versions of the lesson plans, and additional bonus video content.

Apply now to get started with the self-study option. We will contact you to answer any question you might have.

Applicants for RBLP certification also have the option of completing an approved leader training course (63 hours*) focused on the Create a Positive Climate, Develop Cohesion, Provide Purpose, Facilitate Team Learning and Support Organizational Learning competency domains.

The 7-week Building and Leading Resilient Teams course offered by our network of Education and Training Partners meets this requirement.

*The hours requirement includes 42 hours of student prep time and 21 contact hours with an instructor based on a class size of 10-12 students. Instructor contact hours may be reduced to 14 for a class size of 5-6 students or 7 hours for one-on-one training.

RBLP applicants who complete an approved leader training course are not required to complete additional training prior to sitting for the RBLP-C or RBLP-T certification exams. Proof of meeting the education/training requirement for certification is uploaded during exam scheduling.

2. Take the Online RBLP Leader Certification Exam

During the 1.5-hour oral RBLP exam, the applicant is required to show competence in factual (what), conceptual (why), and procedural knowledge (how) in the Create a Positive Climate, Develop Cohesion, and Provide Purpose competency domains. The Facilitate Team Learning and Support Organizational Learning competency domains are not assessed for RBLP leader certification.

We administer oral certification exams because leadership knowledge can be tested more effectively by oral exam than by written examination. Our exam administrators hold doctoral degrees and have 20+ years of leadership experience.

The RBLP certification exam is $875. We administer oral certification exams via Microsoft Teams video conference. No special software downloads are required.

Read our Community Insights article: What are the Benefits of Oral Exams?

Use these templates to request certification exam fee reimbursement from your employer.

The GI Bill® reimburses eligible military personnel and veterans for the cost of the RBLP leader certification exam. Complete this VA Form 22-0803 for RBLP exam fee reimbursement and upload through QuickSubmit on AccessVARequest. Include copies of your exam results email and payment receipt. Our certifications are also approved for Department of Defense (DOD) Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) funding. The Army and Air Force require an exam fee quote.

We have payment plans for certification exam fees!

We offer 0% APR financing on plans up to 6 months. That’s about $145 per month for the RBLP leader certification exam!

We also offer interest-bearing financing on payment plans for up to 36 months.

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Choose a payment plan when you schedule your exam.

Organizations can purchase exam vouchers for their employees. Coupon codes cannot be used to reduce the cost of exam vouchers.

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Resilience-Building Leadership Professional® (RBLP)

Competency Domains

Leader Competency Domain: Create a Positive Climate.

When morale is low, performance suffers. When morale is high, performance can soar. Climate is about the shared perceptions and attitudes of teammates. Your team’s climate can change quickly, for better or worse, based on your actions and the actions of your teammates. You can raise your team’s morale by creating a positive climate for people to work in. The result is more flexibility, creativity, and openness to new ideas. Positive emotions help people cope with stress. Teams that work in a positive climate are better able to overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together because of that adversity.

Leader Competency Domain: Develop Cohesion

The best measure of a team is how well it performs under pressure. When the going gets tough, the tough get going… by working together as a team. This maxim holds true for front-line teams, executive teams, and all other teams in between, including yours. You can boost teamwork by developing the cohesion of your team. The result will be more supportive and dependable relationships. Developing cohesion enhances well-being, reduces stress, and enables your team’s creativity and collective decision-making. Cohesive teams in the workplace are better able to overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together because of that adversity.

Leader Competency Domain: Provide Purpose

When people have a sense of purpose for the work that they do, they are more motivated and committed. You can provide purpose in the workplace by challenging people to be their best. Most people are looking to grow personally and professionally. You should challenge each person on your team to learn new skills. You should challenge the team to learn new collective skills together. You can also provide purpose by helping your team understand how their work supports the organization’s mission. When people have a sense of purpose at work, they are better able to overcome adversity, and then adapt and grow together because of that adversity.