• Inaugural recipient: Pierre Pienaar receives his CPP designation.
    Inaugural recipient: Pierre Pienaar receives his CPP designation.
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Pierre Pienaar has been announced as the recipient of the first Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation in Australasia.

Pienaar is a former president of The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and vice-president on the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) board.

The AIP only recently launched the award in partnership with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

There are currently close to 2000 packaging professionals worldwide that have attained the CPP, and it is hoped many others will seek it in Australasia.

Pienaar said the CPP program helps the international packaging fraternity better understand the level of knowledge and expertise one has in the packaging field.

“The CPP designation is based on current skills and expertise, as each candidate requires re-certification every three years,” he said.

“The program ensures candidates are regularly keeping abreast of current packaging trends, innovations and knowledge, and that packaging technologists are on the same level playing field globally.”

He believed the CPP attainment to be an a strong investment in his professional development.

“It's a commitment to excellence in the global packaging profession,” he said.

“I would like to encourage all those that seek to make packaging their profession, and who wish to be recognised in a vibrant and ever-changing industry, to seek this internationally accepted packaging designation.

“Having the CPP program now available in Australasia allows packaging professionals the opportunity to join recognised packaging experts from around the world.”

For more on the CPP program, email here.

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