Australian packaging companies can now be ‘elevated to international’ levels by obtaining Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) recognition as the Australian Institute of Packaging partners with USA’s Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP). AIP says CPP designation is the industry’s most sought after certification, and says leading packaging companies will want some of their influential team members to have CPP because it demonstrates ‘broad competency in all major areas of packaging’. Currently some 2,000 packaging professionals have earned the CPP designation, which is a trademark of IoPP, since the program was launched in 1972. Ralph Moyle, FAIP, national president of AIP, says: “Being able to offer the CPP credential in Australasia allows packaging professionals in our industry the opportunity to join recognised packaging experts from around the world with the industry’s leading professional designation.
“Attaining the CPP designation is an excellent investment in your professional development, and the credential defines the packaging professional and allows organisations to seek out and hire the right professional based on verified knowledge, skills and industry contributions. “Using the CPP program to assess and evaluate one’s professional competency validates you as internationally proficient as a packaging professional, a cut above your peers.” Patrick Farrey, executive director of IoPP says, “Having the AIP as our first international CPP partner is a critical step to internationalising the CPP program and ensuring that we have a singular, unified approach for recognising packaging professionals around the globe. “We expect that regional packaging organisations in other countries will follow AIP’s lead. This is an important step because CPP helps assure that packaging teams around the world that need to work with each other can do so with the same approach, because they have all attained a high level of proficiency in packaging the same way. “The net result is greater efficiency among global packaging teams and as a result, more efficient use of critical budget dollars and greater opportunities for reduced product time to shelf.” Under the partnership, members in ‘good standing’ of either AIP or IoPP, at the premium or elite levels, are eligible for the certification program. The process of gaining certification requires applicants to pass a 150 online multiple choice question exam, as well as completing other qualifications, such as providing a resume of activities, to a review panel put together by IoPP and AIP.
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