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Trainees receive accredited certification in procurement

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Partcipants receive Certified International Procurement Professional awards.

Thirteen (13) awardees received accredited certifications in Certified International Procurement Professional (CIPP) from The University of the South Pacific (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), in an award function held at its Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU) in Walu Bay, recently.

The certification is accredited by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) as meeting the global standard for professional competence in purchasing and supply – the highest standard in procurement education.

While officiating at the awards ceremony, the Acting Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brad Carte said the award was a major achievement for the awardees in becoming Certified Procurement Professionals.

“This is a major step in the journey of your lives, one that should be recognised for its significance,” he said. “It is an act not only of personal commitment, but also one of pride since all of you have worked hard for this accomplishment.”

IFPSM is the union of 48 national and regional purchasing associations worldwide who have approximately 250,000 purchasing professional as members. For the accreditation, students are awarded upon successful completion of on-line modules that cover nine competencies which are:

1. Sourcing;
2. Negotiating;
3. Finance;
4. Cost-Management;
5. Operational Procurement;
6. Project Management;
7. Contract Management;
8. Strategy and
9. Legal

Manager WDTU, Pacific TAFE, Verleshwar Singh said “I hope all of us can take this accomplishment as an example of how anything is truly possible when we put our minds to it. As we all continue on in our lives, let us take each new problem head on with confidence, knowing that we have achieved great heights and are equipped with necessary tools to tackle our careers.”

He also commented that USP’s Pacific TAFE was currently engaged in developing a Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply (Level 5) which should be ready and offered by 2019.

Meanwhile, The Chief Executive Officer, Pacific TAFE, Hasmukh Lal said “Pacific TAFE strives to bring internationally certified programmes in partnerships with international agencies to meet specific skills demand which may not at times necessarily be met by university credited programmes.

“Despite economies of scale being lower in the Pacific compared to developed economies, Pacific workforce should not be denied certified programmes to bring out best practices in critically important areas. USP, as a mandated regional human resource development agency is cognizant of such areas and will continue to broker training partnerships such as done with CIPP certification,” he added.

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