1. What was your reaction upon finding out that you had received this certification?
I was first relieved and then excited at completing this aspect of my career.
I was relieved and glad as did not want to go through the process of writing again.
I was surprised because I was unsure of how I had done. Having expected the best and prepared for the worst at the same time, I’m pleased to have had a positive outcome.
Receiving the IP certification has increased my confidence.
2. What is the benefit of having this incentive qualification/certification?
The knowledge the exams provide is a springboard to elevating expertise as an Incentives Management professional. It unveils a wealth of knowledge in Program design, Incentives management and result oriented programs that enhance both my proficiency and skill.
Because it is an international certificate there is confidence in knowing that you are recognised as an incentive professional not just in SA. The course also gives you insight into how the industry functions in other parts of the world.
The benefit is that the Incentive Professional designation recognises my expertise in the incentive industry and enhances my professional standing in a $90 billion incentive industry.
It’s a benefit in that having received this certification, my knowledge and skills have been sharpened for managing incentive-based accounts and am now a recognised incentive professional in the industry.
3. How will it assist in enabling you to effectively implement incentive programmes for clients?
My level of know-how definitely got more refined and scaled higher for me after getting qualified as a professional, also the opportunity that lies in networking to bring creative solutions to clients was expanded with a bigger outlook. Knowing the industry is one thing but knowing how to make an impact is another. I can speak to the needs of clients with their voice, diagnose and recommend specific incentive needs that are result-oriented.
The course takes through the steps of launching and maintaining a successful incentive programme. How to measure if the incentive programme is affective. This is important because it will me assess what I am offering the client objectively, and assess the success of the programme.
Because the IP designation helps you stay abreast of the latest industry research, trends and more by way of membership to the Incentive Marketing Association, it helps inform my thinking when it comes to new incentive programme ideas and improvements around existing ones.
Receiving the IP certification has increased my confidence when it comes to incentive planning. It will enable me to make informed decisions when it comes to working with and implementing programmes for clients. I plan to expand my designation in the marketplace and grow even further as a leader in the incentive management space.