A HIGHLY POPULAR certificate programme run by the Hong Kong Shippers' Council has set many shipping and logistics professionals on course for a successful career in diverse areas of the transport industry. 'We pioneered the course and have been offering it for the past 27 years. The emphasis is on practical knowledge which participants can immediately apply in the workplace,' council executive director Sunny Ho said. In 10 modules, the 80-hour programme provides a comprehensive understanding of the basic elements of trade, logistics and transport of goods. This includes the shipment of cargo by sea, air and land, as well as key aspects of freight forwarding, e-commerce, documentation, banking and insurance. As an extra element, it takes in visits to Super Terminal 1 at Chek Lap Kok and the Kwai Chung container terminal. 'All the teachers are experts in their field and work in the industry. Therefore, trainees get the most up-to-date information about an industry which is constantly evolving,' Mr Ho said, adding that successful completion of the course opened up new opportunities and could significantly improve the chances of promotion. The next intake will start in October and students are expected to come from logistics and trading companies, financial institutions, shipping lines and manufacturers. 'The course attracts young people, as well as some more experienced professionals. It is designed to disseminate practical information about how to deal with operational problems.' The Hong Kong Shippers' Council was established to protect and promote the interests of its members and other shippers on matters relating to the transport of merchandise. It operates under the guidance of an executive committee made up of 14 representatives of Hong Kong's major trade associations.