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CPSC to announce new certification program at Plast-Ex

The Canadian Plastics Sector Council (CPSC) will officially launch the Certified Plastics Practitioner (Cert.PP) pr...

April 18, 2007   Canadian Plastics

The Canadian Plastics Sector Council (CPSC) will officially launch the Certified Plastics Practitioner (Cert.PP) program at the Plast-Ex trade show in Toronto.

The certification program would be the first of its kind in Canada to establish National Occupational Standards (NOS), recognizing the unique skills and competencies of plastics processing industry professionals. According to the CPSC, the new measure will enhance the competitiveness of companies in the processing sector by giving them human resources tools to grow their businesses.

The new certification is a two-step process, and allows practitioners to achieve certification within six to eight weeks of submitting their application. Applicants are required to fill out a profile with basic information, and perform a self-assessment to rank their competencies.

Applicants will also be asked to select at least three peers, who will participate in a confidential online evaluation of your skills. Additionally, the applicant should have their educational institution send transcripts directly to the CPSC.


In order to be eligible, the applicant must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency and one year of experience in the occupation; two years of work experience in the occupation; or a completed post-secondary education in a related plastics program.

Applicant self-assessments are measured against the National Occupational Standards (NOS), and peer evaluations are compared against the applicants self-evaluation. The Standards of Certification Committee will make the final decision on the application.

CPSC will announce the new certification on the second day of Plast-Ex, May 2, from 10 am to 10:15 am at the visitor entrances outside Hall 1. Attendees will hear from Peter Larose, Director General for Human Resources and Social Development Canadas Workplace Partnerships Directorate; CPIA board chair and Calgary, Alta.-based Westbridge PET Containers Corp. president Dave Kirby; and CPSC executive director Charles Brimley.

For additional information about Cert.PP, please visit the CPSC website.

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