RILA CERTIFCATION PROMOTION
What’s Behind YOUR Reason?
At RILA’s 2010 LPAS Conference, attendees’ badges contained various reasons to obtain an LPQ and LPC certification. Whether your objective is professional development, to earn college credits, to enhance your retail business acumen, to hone your witness skills, certification is a tool to help you meet your goals.
The bottom line is there is no reason NOT to be certified! Especially now! If your company is a RILA member, you will save over 30% if you sign-up for LPQ or LPC:
LPQ: Receive $150 off full price
LPC: Receive $250 off full price
Just enter code RILA2010 when registering.
Don’t wait to register! These discounted prices expire June 16th.
THANK YOU RILA!
The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) would like to thank RILA for their unwavering support of LPF and their commitment to education for the LP retail industry. Since the inception of LPQ/LPC certification, RILA has been a leader in supporting LPF’s efforts to develop a quality product, to share with the LP industry the benefits of certification and to spread the word that certification has arrived. A special thanks to RILA for affording us many opportunities at the Conference to deliver our message about certification. More people are signing-up now than ever before!
We also want to recognize the following individuals who have volunteered their time to this initiative because they believe so strongly in the value of LP certification: Scott McHugh (Wal-Mart), Glenn Master (Office Depot), Tim Fisher (Best Buy), Mark Stinde (7-11), Kevin McMenimen (Enabl- u Technologies), Amber Virgillo (LossPrevention Magazine/ Contact Inc) and Terry Hodges (formerly of Sports Authority).
STAPLES TAKES LEADERSHIP ROLE IN LP CERTIFCATION
Staples, one of RILA’s newest members, has taken a leadership role in promoting certification for the loss prevention industry. Indeed, Staples is the first retailer to approve the LPQ and LPC for 100% tuition reimbursement for its’ entire loss prevention staff. Thanks, Staples for your resounding endorsement of the LPQ and LPC!
Additionally, Staples is the first retailer to have its’ internal national loss prevention conference approved as an LPF continuing education event. On a personal note, I recently had the pleasure of attending Staples’ LP conference and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. By attending this event, it became clear to me why the Staples’ LP team achieves consistent success and why they have little turnover in their department.
PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS FOR JOB POSTINGS
Hiring and developing your LP team can be an arduous process. You must find individuals who possess the specific skill sets and core competencies that are essential to the business, subscribe to a stand of performance that exceeds your needs and expectations and gels with the philosophy of your particular organization. While there are never any absolutes, employing tools that help maximize hiring efficiencies should be viewed as a valued resource. The LPQ and LPC certifications can provide such a resource.
Designed and developed through a collaboration of hundreds of LP leaders, business partners and the academic community, the LPQ and LPC certifications validate a level of knowledge and understanding of the core competencies that our industry leaders have identified as critical to excel as a LP professional. By reinforcing the unique relationship between industry-specific skill sets, leadership concepts and retail principles, the certifications are intended to cultivate a higher level of expertise, confirm understanding, challenge perspective, and reinforce key industry goals and objectives. It shows a commitment to learning, personal growth and career development. In fact, recognition of the value of these programs has extended beyond the business community and into the classroom, where both the LPQ and LPC programs have been accepted for college credit at both the Bachelors and Masters Degree levels.
The following list identifies those retailers who include LPQ/LPC certification as a preferred requirement in their job postings. Many retailers are also adding certification to their job descriptions and submitting these courses for approval under tuition reimbursement programs:
· A C Moore
· AT & T
· Best Buy
· Columbia Sportswear
· CPI Corp.
· Cracker Barrel
· Dicks Sporting Goods
· Dollar General
· Donna Karan
· Gabriel Brothers
· Harris Teeter
· Hollywood Ent.
· Home Depot
· J C Penney’s
· Lumber Liquidators
· Luxottica Retail
· Office Depot
· Rite Aid
· Sterling Jewelers
· US Coast Guard Exchange System
For more information on the programs offered by The Loss Prevention Foundation, visit www.LossPreventionFoundation.org or call 866-433-5545 or 704-837-2521. The Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c (6) organization founded by leading industry professionals to serve the loss prevention industry.