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WhichPLM Certification Programme – The First Graduates


“Those who know, do.  Those who understand, teach.” – Aristotle

From as far back as the 1970’s through to the present day, the PDP (Product Development Partnership) team has worked to design and implement PDM (Product Data Management), CPM (Collaborative Product Management) and, since 2003, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems within the apparel industry. Our consulting services are internationally renowned and our combined apparel PLM research expertise second to none.   As a result of our process-lead, best practice-based knowledge we count among our clients many leading retailers, brands and manufacturers.   We remain the first choice for organisations seeking expert guidance on and assistance in implementing the full range of modern PLM solutions.

As the experts behind WhichPLM, we have always sought to share our knowledge with customers across the industry, allowing them to make informed decisions.  This year, we plan to share our understanding, too.

Drawing on our unparalleled experience – thirty years on – we are proud to introduce  the most comprehensive research, education and implementation training for PLM professionals, which will become widely available this year.  Not content to wait until then, though are our first three graduates, each of whom has completed the full WhichPLM Certification Programme and will be proudly displaying their WhichPLM seal of approval to employers very soon!

The first graduates of the WhichPLM Certification Programme

The same package that Olivia, Alex and Lee completed is grounded in our industry knowledge and process expertise, and developed through the use of methodologies and tools to support PLM research: workshops, education, project management, end-to-end implementations and training certification programmes. Our training programmes are delivered through a series of education and training workshops designed to support new and existing PLM project teams, students and anybody with an interest in the core mechanics of PLM.  Participants will graduate with a deeper understanding of the entire PLM process, from concept to delivery – and this includes a detailed overview of all technical aspects surrounding a complex PLM implementation.

Our training programmes are designed to ensure that all participants will be confident participating in a PLM implementation project and will leave with a clear understanding of the apparel PLM processes that will enable them to make the correct decisions for themselves and for their customers and to deliver successful PLM projects based on best practices specific to the apparel industry.

WhichPLM certificate programs are suitable for a broad range of industrial companies.  Examples of those who will benefit include suppliers and customers in the process of implementing PLM or indeed any situation where there is a lack of deep domain expertise. Our programmes can be tailored to your company’s specific needs whether you have already begun a PLM implementation and need advance-level training or whether you’re a supplier expanding your resources with new staff or through your re-seller network.

The programme is delivered through ten education and training modules, each limited to a maximum of ten attendees per course to ensure that we can provide the highest quality training possible, tailored to the requirements of the participants, and that we can guarantee results.  The programme will be handled by a two-man team of internationally experienced, senior-level apparel experts – Mark Harrop and Perry Bonney. All lectures, handouts and testing will be in English.

The finer points of location and pricing are still being finalised, but if you would like to stay up to date with the latest developments of the Certification Programme, receive course materials or register your interest in attending or organising a session for your staff, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.