Banks Integration and Superior Controls automation engineers are among the most highly trained engineers serving the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical industries and we are proud to have a Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional™ (CPIP) on staff. In this blog post, Seabrook, NH-based Project Engineer Jakub Mocny, CPIP, shares the value he gained from having completed the rigorous training requirements to achieve this certification.

Jakub was awarded the Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional™ credential in 2012, which was converted to a permanent certification in 2015.  To achieve this award, Jakub first met the education and work experience eligibility requirements, completed 27 hours of educational development, and then passed the ISPE Professional Certification Commission’s CPIP examination.

“The CPIP credential represents an individual with diverse industry knowledge and skills, who meets a global competency standard for pharmaceutical professionals (the first of its kind in the industry),” said Michael J. Phelan, ISPE Director of Professional Certification in 2012.

When Jakub first heard about the CPIP certificate, he had been employed at Superior Controls for four years.  “I came prepared for any type of automation task you can imagine but was still rather new to the requirements of the pharmaceutical and bio-tech environments,” he said.  “I saw it as an area for personal improvement. The CPIP certificate seemed to be a great opportunity to catch up in some areas and to gain competitive advantage in others. It has proved to be just that.”

“The eligibility criteria to take the test and the knowledge required for passing the test were high,” said Jakub.  With his B.S. and M.S. in mobile telecom from Gdańsk University of Technology in Poland, and an M.S. in electrical engineering and Ph.D. in engineering systems design from the University of New Hampshire, Jakub easily met the educational requirements.  His previous four years of automation experience at Superior Controls allowed him to meet the work experience requirement as well.

Jakub’s final two steps for achieving the CPIP certification were completing the required 27 hours of instruction, and passing the difficult examination.  “ISPE Boston Chapter took the initiative and set up a study group to help applicants prepare for the exam. The group was led by then-President of ISPE Boston Chapter, Brian Hagopian. Brian and John Spohn were the ISPE Boston Area Chapter study group leaders for this exam cycle,” said Jakub.

“The study group met for a total of 27 hours (nine 3-hour sessions), which were held at Genzyme in Framingham, MA.  Genzyme was kind enough to provide conference rooms for all nine sessions,” said Jakub.

The study group sessions focused on key knowledge areas covered by the CPIP certification exam, which included:

  1. Product Development
  2. Facilities and Equipment
  3. Information Systems
  4. Supply Chain Management
  5. Production Systems
  6. Regulatory Compliance (including drugs, environmental, health and safety)
  7. Quality Systems

“Upon completing the preparations, which involved a number of late-night hours spent studying and reviewing the vast amount of exam materials, I took and successfully passed the test. I was awarded the CPIP credential on July 16, 2012.”

The Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional™ (CPIP) is a program that was available from 2009 to 2014.  “The certificate remains recognized in the pharmaceutical industry and the CPIP holders are many of the more active members of ISPE community,” said Jakub.  Permanent certificates recognizing the achievement as Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional™ were awarded to all CPIP holders in January 2015.

“We applaud the initiative Jakub took to apply, study, and ace the CPIP exam in this lengthy certification process,” said Rick Pierro, founder and president of Superior Controls.  “Jakub has demonstrated his proficiency by becoming a certified pharmaceutical professional, and will help Banks Integration and Superior Controls continue to deliver cost-effective and value-added solutions to our life science customers.”