10/13/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force Materiel Command has developed the Logistics Professional Development Program for civilian and military employees, working in a logistics career field, who are looking to formulate a career plan, determine job-related continuous learning objectives and enhance their professional credentials.
LPDP currently consists of three certification programs targeting specific workforce categories within logistics:
· Professional Maintenance Certification Program (PMxCP)
· Professional Deployment/Distribution and Transportation Certification Program (PDDTCP)
· Professional Supply Management Certification Program (PSMCP)
The Defense Department's Logistics Human Capital Strategy established a
vision for the logistics workforce to evolve into an "integrated, agile,
and high-performing future workforce of multi-faceted, interchangeable
logisticians that succeed in a joint operating environment." In
response, AFMC's Logistics, Civil Engineering and Force Protection
directorate led a development effort beginning with PMxCP in 2010 based
on active input and participation from an integrated process team
consisting of maintenance professionals from each of the command's air
logistics complexes, the Air Force Test Center, Air Force Personnel
Center, and headquarters AFMC's Depot Maintenance Workforce Development
Branch. Once PMxCP demonstrated results, the effort was expanded into
the LPDP and now includes Deployment/Distribution and Transportation and
Supply Management logistics workforce categories. More than 650
certifications have been awarded so far.
"Air Force senior leaders are charged with supporting and encouraging
professional education and training for our logisticians and mentoring
our people to ensure they are highly-qualified members of the Total
Force team," said Lisa Smith, AFMC Deputy Director of Logistics, Civil
Engineering and Force Protection. "LPDP builds upon these deliberate
efforts and takes it to the next level."
Based on the original PMxCP framework, each certification program offers
eligible applicants a common framework of functional training
requirements, formal and developmental education, work and supervisory
experience, and career broadening experience within other logistics
disciplines. There are five levels of certification, beginning with a
basic entry level (Level 1), working through journeyman and advanced
journeyman (Levels 2 and 3), and culminating in the development of
enterprise logisticians (Levels 4 and 5). As part of the continuing
effort to develop enterprise logisticians, LPDP ensures the three
certification programs remain more than a set of static requirements by
sustaining a common framework comprised of series-specific, workforce
category and enterprise training, formal and developmental education,
and years of experience.
Each certification program shares the same "enterprise" training
requirements at each of the five levels. This is part of the
deliberative effort to develop logisticians with an enterprise,
"big-picture" perspective and to help reinforce other efforts within
formal and developmental education and supervisory experience. Each
program augments this enterprise training with both workforce category
training and series-specific training that is determined by the various
IPTs. Workforce category training is specific training applicable to all
personnel within maintenance, DDT, or supply and represents the
required knowledge for anyone working within these specific workforce
categories for specific levels of certification. Series-specific
training applies to personnel within any specific occupational series
(maintenance, supply or DDT) generally considered eligible for a
certification program and represents coursework those personnel should
complete when working within a specific series and workforce category at
specific levels of certification.
According to Sandra Wimberly, AFMC Workforce Development Chief, "LPDP
provides a professional development framework with consistent
expectations, increases the marketability of logistics professionals in a
highly competitive environment, and enhances our focus on understanding
where we all fit into the big picture."
Brig. Gen. Gene Kirkland, AFMC Director of Logistics, Civil Engineering
and Force Protection, agrees and is highly supportive of the program.
"The future logistics workforce will find itself evolving more rapidly
to meet the challenges that will be posed to the warfighter. It's
crucial to have a trained and educated logistics workforce in place to
succeed," he said. "LPDP is a piece of the puzzle to assist in the
development and growth of our vital logistics professionals."
The next open application season for all three certification programs
will begin on October 19, 2015, and continue through January 8, 2016.
All applicants are encouraged to work on training and education
requirements throughout the year and apply during the open seasons,
which are offered bi-annually. Applicants are encouraged to contact
their local point of contact early in the application process to ask any
questions and submit their packages.
Currently, information about the PMxCP can be found in AFMCI 36-402,
Professional Maintenance Certificate Program. A new instruction (AFMCI
36-202, Logistics Professional Development Program) that will provide
information on all of AFMC's logistics certification programs is in
coordination and will be published when the review process is complete
early in 2016. Information and application forms for each certification
program, as well as a list of local POCs can be found at
Looking ahead, AFMC's Logistics, Civil Engineering and Force Protection
directorate is researching opportunities to link LPDP certifications to
recognition by non-DoD professional organizations.