May 10 - Project forwarder network, the Project Professionals Group (PPG) will be launching a new format for its industry-wide Certificate in Project Cargo Forwarding at Breakbulk Americas in Houston from October 17-18.

More than 450 project forwarders and associated multimodal transportation workers from around the world have taken the course since its launch in 2009.

Course coordinator and general manager of PPG, Kevin Stephens, said a review of the course had been undertaken in consultation with the Breakbulk education programme and industry representatives.

He said the new format for the ISO-accredited training would be delivered over one-and-a-half days to provide attendees with the opportunity to visit the Breakbulk exhibition hall in the afternoon.

"The course modules will be delivered over one-and-a-half-days, beginning the day before the exhibition hall programme starts, rather than a full two days, to support businesses wishing to register for the training but are not able to have employees away for more than two days," Stephens said.

"Compressing the course content meets the needs of industry attendees who will be able to maximise their time combining a professional development course and the industry networking opportunities during the afternoon on the first day of the Breakbulk Americas exhibition programme."

Course co-presenter Rodger Hall said the popular workshop format would continue to include case study presentations, group discussion and team exercises that were designed for effective and immediate use in professional life.

"All key learning and course modules will remain in the new format including value adding strategies, traffic and logistics functional planning, meeting client expectations, biosecurity, working with brokers, tricks of the trade, preparing tenders and business communication," Hall said.