Transport certification with unified industry-wide council

Industry-wide certification offers recognition for transport professionals under one umbrella

Supply chain and transport professionals now have access to industry-wide certification, with industry groups aligning to back two new awards.

The Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) and Certified Transport Planner (CTP) awards will unify skill certification models across different sectors and associations.

Six groups have signed up to the scheme: the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA), Logistics Association of Australia (LAA), Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM), Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and Transport and Logistics Centre (TALC).

TALC’s Daryll Hull will chair the new Transport and Logistics Certification Council, which he says will result in improved recognition of industry professionals.

He says the CPL and CTP awards "give employers a clear sense of individual capability and professional standing".

"The common interest in raising the level of professional recognition for people working in the industry has brought these associations together," he says.

The CPL program recognises logistics professionals who have made a significant contribution in the field of logistics and supply chain management. The CTP program recognises transport planners who have attained broad experience and educational qualifications in the field of transport planning.

Initial accreditation is obtained after assessment by the associations of each candidate for the award.

Candidates must undertake continuing professional development to maintain their initial accreditation.

Hull says the categories underpin the currency of skills and knowledge.

"Recruitment is also assisted by knowledge that a candidate holding a CPL or CTP has received regular and independent professional assessment of his or her capabilities," he says.

Businesses and industry organisations can use the standards by indicating in advertisements and briefing to recruitment companies that a CPL or CTP would be preferred, Hull says.

Almost 100 candidates have progressed to certification as a CPL or CTP since the introduction of the programs in late 2007. The new inter-association agreement should accelerate take-up, Hull says.

The Transport and Logistics Certification Council includes representatives of all six bodies and oversees the management of the two certification programs, the awarding of individual certificates and regular auditing of the professional standards involved.

Each of the participating institutions provides ongoing management of continuing professional development activity as part of its involvement in the programs.

Industry professionals can apply for certification either on the CPL website or the CPT website.

A fee of $500 applies for the initial assessment and accreditation stage, with an annual $75 fee to cover review of professional development undertaken in the preceding 12 months.

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