AIP president and two board members become CPPs


Members of the senior leadership at the Australian Institute of Packaging proudly received the Certified Packaging Professional (CPPs) designation based on their continued expertise.

By: Nerida Kelton, executive director – Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and vice president – Sustainability & Save Food, World Packaging Organisation (WPO)

The AIP is pleased to advise that the AIP President and two Board Members have become the latest Certified Packaging Professionals for the Australasian Region.

The Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation is the leading mark of excellence internationally and a must-have recognition of industry proficiency and achievement for packaging professionals. CPP credentials demonstrates that a packaging practitioner possesses packaging knowledge, experience, and skills to the degree that they deserve recognition as a true packaging professional, a cut above their peers. Attaining the CPP designation is an excellent investment in 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.

Jason Fields, FAIP, CPP, procurement category manager – packaging, JBS, George Ganzenmuller Dip.Pkg.Tech. FAIP, CPP, innovation manager, Opal Fibre Packaging and Kevin Truong Dip.Pkg.Tech. MAIP, CPP, packaging development manager, Primo Foods have 80 years of packaging experience between them, with two graduating with the internationally recognised Diploma in Packaging Technology.

According to Jason Fields, attaining the CPP designation was a significant personal achievement and his first formal packaging qualification since his first degree many years ago.

“Attaining the CPP is such a milestone for me, as whenever I see other people with the designation, I know I am talking to someone with strong technical industry knowledge who possesses the fundamental understanding of all packaging materials and understands how primary, secondary and tertiary packaging materials work as a total ‘package’,” he said.

“Now that I have my CPP I am extremely proud to be recognised as a part of this group of packaging professionals across the globe.”

George Ganzenmuller added that he saw attaining the CPP as a great way to complement his earlier Diploma in Packaging Technology Degree and as a means of bridging his own knowledge base.

“I saw the CPP process as both a learning and validation process for my own career path, as well as a positive reinforcement with my work and industry collaborations,” said Ganzenmuller.

“The CPP is an on-going process that prompts individuals to stay current, stay active within the profession, and most importantly encourages continual improvement and education in our chosen field within the industry.

“I feel the CPP program is a proactive and positive way to stay relevant, up-to-date and connected with the networks we create. It is the trust and respect within collaborative partnerships that helps drives success.”

Kevin Truong undertook the CPP program as he was looking for the next educational challenge after graduating from the Diploma in Packaging Technology.

“Applying for and obtaining the CPP was a natural choice after spending nearly 14 years in the packaging industry,” he said.

“Obtaining the CPP designation not only ticks off one of my important career goals, but also makes me feel good. For me the CPP designation is the true testament for the contributions that an individual makes in the packaging industry, be it directly or indirectly, so that said individual can be proud of their contributions and achievements thus far.

“I also look forward to contributing and achieving even more in the exciting future that this industry offers. A huge thank you must also go to the AIP for offering the CPP designation in the Australasian region.”

“Our industry is such a dynamic, ever-evolving and growing sector which is currently navigating significant environmental and social changes,” added Ganzenmuller.

“It is so important to continually recognise the skills, creativity and professionalism of all packaging technologists and designers within the industry who help companies around the world navigate broader industry challenges.”

The CPP program is owned by the IoPP and is exclusively delivered through the AIP in Australasia and is internationally recognised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Contact the AIP today to find out how you can become a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) in the Australasian region.


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