The Development of Productivity Practitioners (DPP) Program has become a mainstay of the APO to build the capacity of National Productivity Organizations and other stakeholders. In recent years, the program has been expanded to nonmembers such as Colombia and several African countries. In order to enhance the capability of productivity practitioners, a certification program was introduced in 2015. Each participant is encouraged to undertake an individual project on enhancing productivity after the completing the course. Projects that meet the evaluation criteria will be certified by the APO. This year, the certification program will continue, and selected participants are required to undergo the following stages:
Qualified participants for the face-to-face courses are selected from among those who previously enrolled in and passed the self-learning e-course on Productivity Tools and Techniques (Advanced). NPOs are requested to nominate only candidates who passed the self-e-learning course
An examination is conducted at the end of the face-to-face courses, and successful participants are requested to carry out a productivity improvement assignment in their countries within three to six months after the training courses. APO resource persons will provide mentoring and coaching to guide participants in preparing the project reports.
Participants submit project reports to the APO Secretariat for review, and a registration-based certificate is given to successful candidates. The productivity practitioners will receive three-year APO certification in DPP: Advanced.
DPP: Advanced aims to provide participants with updated knowledge of productivity trends, which enables them to lead productivity improvement activities at the organizational level. The practitioners are also expected to be able to diagnose the productivity performance of any organization, adopt appropriate tools and techniques, and implement applicable solutions for improvement. Therefore, NPOs are requested to nominate professionals who are expected to work as productivity practitioners for this course. After completing the course, they are expected to practice the techniques learned, carry out self-development plans to guide junior practitioners, and upgrade the level of professional assistance provided to organizations and industries.
The course is conducted by a team of faculty members comprising overseas and local resource persons and other prominent speakers drawn from both the public and private sectors of the host country. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to observe the concrete results of productivity improvement activities and initiatives, particularly their impact on competitiveness and organizational excellence, through observational study visits. At the same, the site visits will also expose participants to smart technology used in the manufacturing and service sectors in Malaysia.