Filed-2012 IAPD Education of Circle Champions Award

The IAPD Education Committee established the “IAPD Education Circle of Champions” in 2009 to acknowledge the innovative or exemplary educational initiatives by member firms. It is a special recognition for those companies that emphasize continuing plastics education within their organization through the use of IAPD’s training and educational resources. This recognition is open to companies of all sizes and types. This award will be presented during IAPD’s 56th Annual Convention in Chicago, IL, USA.

Eligibility term for the award is from June 2011 through August 2012.

A new criteria model has been adopted for the 2012 Circle of Champions Award. The criterion has been adjusted to be more flexible and inclusive for IAPD member companies and their training programs.

The Circle of Champions includes three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Please submit the following information by September 15, 2012.

CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS AWARD CRITERIA

GETTING STARTED - Minimum Qualification
To qualify for recognition, a member company must first have a minimum of 50 percent of its employees pass Level I of the IAPD Plastics Certificate Program OR 50 percent of its employees must pass the Excellence in Sales Program.

To raise your company’s level of recognition, participate in more of the training options below in addition to the initial requirement above. Each option is assigned a point total.
• GOLD: 400 points using the “Options” list below.
• SILVER: 300 points using the “Options” list below.
• BRONZE: 200 points using the “Options” list below.
• HONORABLE MENTION: Complete only the initial requirement.

TRAINING OPTIONS
Plastics Certificate Program opportunities
• A minimum of 85 percent of the company’s eligible* employees complete and pass Level One of the IAPD Plastics Certificate Program. (100 points)
• A minimum of 75 percent of the company’s eligible* employees complete and pass Level One of the IAPD Plastics Certificate Program. (75 points)
• A minimum of 50 percent of the company’s eligible* employees complete and pass Level One of the IAPD Plastics Certificate Program. (50 points)
• Of those who have passed Level One, a minimum of 5 percent must also complete and pass Level Two. (100 points)

Excellence in Sales Program
• A minimum of 75 percent of their company’s eligible* employees complete and pass the Excellence in Sales Certificate Program. (100 points)
• A minimum of 50 percent of their company’s eligible* employees complete and pass the Excellence in Sales Certificate Program. (75 points)
• A minimum of 25 percent of their company’s eligible* employees complete and pass the Excellence in Sales Certificate Program. (50 points)

* Eligible employees include managers and inside and outside sales personnel.

Additional Considerations for the Circle include:
• Establishment of a new companywide training program. This option can be met at a company where no training program existed previously. (100 points)
• Companies with existing training programs can earn points by establishing a new program in addition to current programs or by upgrading/replacing a program. (100 points)
• Corporate representation in AT LEAST 8 IAPD education events, which can include, but is not limited to the IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo, IAPD Webinars, University of Industrial Distribution (UID) at IUPUI in Indianapolis or training offered by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW). (100 points)
• Company representative(s) serves on an IAPD committee or the IAPD Board of Directors. (50 points)
• Use of AT LEAST 3 IAPD educational materials in the company such as the IAPD Introduction to Plastics, The Plastics Primer: Self-study Edition, The Plastics Rectangle, The IAPD Magazine or the IAPD News email newsletter. IAPD can track orders placed through the Resource Center to verify. (25 points)
• Other criteria, as decided by the IAPD Education Committee. Tell us your training success story. (25 points)

SPECIAL NOTE
To assist in the award nomination process, IAPD members may request an educational activity report from
IAPD staff offices (reports on participation in IAPD educational programs, events and volunteer leadership
participation).

AWARD SELECTION
Applications will be judged by the IAPD Education Committee. Nominated companies will abstain from voting, if applicable.
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