Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD May-Jun 2015 Contents HANNA LUCAS, MILT
DOES RECOGNITION FOR
A PLACE IN LOGISTICS?
CERTIFIED Professional Logistician – CPL – are
the three letters that signify a recognition of your
excellence, knowledge and experience in logistics.
The Transport and Logistics Certification
Council (TLCC), administered by CILTA and
SCLAA, aims to foster the industry’s growth,
success and competitive advantage by providing
this significant recognition for supply chain and
Logistics is now a term that embraces so
many functions from warehousing, freight,
transportation and distribution, through
to supply chain management. Today,
professionalism of a high standard is required
to manage these complex, disparate functions
in a seamless and integrated supply chain
framework – with a clear understanding of the
need to track not only the movement of the
physical goods or services, but the related flows
of finance and information.
CPL spotlight: Simeon Prucha, CPL
Logistics and supply chain management are
activities that are also of vital importance in the
armed forces. Simeon Prucha, in his previous
role as the logistics sponsor, senior specialisa-
tion advisor for the Royal Australian Air Force,
is an excellent example of a professional in the
armed forces with wide ranging responsibilities.
“I was responsible for providing support and
specialist advice to the Logistics Employment
Group Sponsor on Logistics Employment
Group workforce management issues at the
strategic level for the Air Force. This includes
monitoring the health of the logistics officer
specialisation and supply, movements, cook
and motor transport driver musterings as well
as maintaining occupational specifications,
employment profiles and personnel development
strategies for the Logistics Employment Group.”
Simeon applied for CPL certification because
it is “a way of recognising the vast and varied
experiences I have gained throughout my 24
years in the Royal Australian Air Force. Being
recognised as a CPL is important for future
career development as a logistics officer in
the Royal Australian Air Force. It is external
recognition of the breadth and depth of skills
that one has developed across the broad range
of disciplines that constitute logistics”.
The Certified Professional Logistician (CPL)
(much like its counterparts in engineering,
accounting, medicine and law) is a professional
qualification that aims to provide a definitive
standard for measuring capability and profes-
sionalism within the logistics profession.
The CPL brings together the breadth and
depth of skills required of a modern logistician
or supply chain manager, enhancing an individ-
ual’s professional credibility and the profile of
the logistics profession. The CPL qualification
is a commitment to an ongoing enhancement
of capability, ensuring individuals remain at the
leading edge of the profession.
The overall process involves:
1. Establishing that you have attained of at least
400 points of combined experience, educa-
tion and professional involvement.
2. Agreeing to undertake at least 120 points of
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
activity every three years following your initial
accreditation. CPD is mapped against a
series of capabilities and is a requirement to
maintain your CPL post-nominals.
3. Agreeing to abide by the profession’s code
CPL spotlight: Jamie Bradford, CPL
As the logistics and materials manager for
Jacobs, Jamie has an MBA in Maritime and
Logistics Management to complement his 30
years’ experience in international logistics.
With such relevant credentials including
an in-depth knowledge in reviewing needs
and implementing best transportation and
materials management practices for projects
and managing logistics, Jamie recognised
the value in applying for the CPL, which he
achieved in 2008.
“I have always been an advocate for recogni-
tion of transport and logistics as a discipline on
construction projects, and the eventual creation
of the CPL status allowed me to ‘walk the talk’
and achieve the highest recognition available
from within the industry,” Jamie said.
MHD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS — MAY / JUNE 2015
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