New Education Programme Promises Flexible Learning

This month sees the launch of the BPMA’s enhanced programme.

The BPMA education programme is launching on a new platform this month.

The new online learning platform has a modern feel and offers a simple and easy user experience that will help, support and prompt each learner throughout their course and annual access.

The BPMA’s head of education and best practice, Daniela Arena said: “The BPMA have been working on this platform alongside building a new integrated CRM system and new website, and it’s been along time coming for the education programme. We have new content, more communication triggers for the learners and a manager’s area so that they can log in and see the progress and activity of their team members. I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in the education programme to visit the BPMA stand at Merchandise World for a demo.”

Daniela pointed out that the programme offers exceptional value for money to business owners. It is the only UK promotional merchandise course, written by the industry for the industry.

Director general of the BPMA, Gordon Glenister, outlined the importance of nurturing talent. “Everyone who runs a company knows that people are the most important asset to a business. Properly run organisations place a great deal of emphasis on recruiting and the interview process in order to build their talent base,” he said. “Unfortunately, often the investment in people stops there and with time the business is left with a dissatisfied under-performing team. The BPMA education programme, is a fantastic offering and benefit to BPMA members. The range and detail of content across several subject categories really delivers the promise that there is something in the programme for everyone. It frees manager’s time up as staff can train themselves on key areas, the learners feel invested in and they become part of the education programme community too.”

What is the BPMA education programme?

The education programme is designed to empower students and promotes best practice within the industry. The programme offers a three-tiered continuous learning platform, catering for all levels of experience.

It offers 14 subject categories and there are more than 75 videos supported by short PDF reading material available for delegates to study from. While there is some mandatory content, delegates will be expected to study at each level, delegates can pick and choose videos and topics they want to study, tailoring their own professional development journey. The more credits gained, the closer the delegate is to taking an online exam and achieving one of the three qualifications.

Typically, a delegate studying at TPM level, committing to one-hour study a week can achieve the TPM qualification within three to six months.

On passing the exam, the delegate is awarded a logo to use for email signatures, business cards, and so on, and they can use the letters TPM after their name.

TPM in detail

BPMA Members can develop their staff’s industry skills on the Trained in Promotiona Merchandise course (TPM). The course includes:

  • Free Introductory seminar (London) Friday 8th September or Friday 6th October 2017
  • Supplier factory visits –Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018
  • 12 months access to the online study platform
  • Mandatory content includes an introduction to the industry, screen printing, artwork, origination & proofing, and customer service
  • Elective study –access to more than 75 videos and PDF content across 14 subject categories
  • New content is launched four times a year.

Categories include: product, decoration, customer service, sales, product compliance, marketing, and many more. Assessment is by an online invigilated, timed multiple-choice question exam.

For more information about the education programme and to register interest please contact or visit her on the BPMA Stand at Merchandise World 19-20 September.

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