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IoPP is dedicated to serving the professional development needs of the packaging community, offering programs that give professionals the tools they need to grow their careers and increase their value within their organizations. What it takes to survive, and thrive, in today's competitive environment is a solid base of knowledge across all areas of packaging. Exploring professional development opportunities through education demonstrate your commitment to a lifetime of learning by broadening your expertise and helping you stay on the cutting edge in your field.
 
IN-PERSON TRAINING
 
The essential course, this four-semester program offers insight into all of the major packaging material types and processes. Semesters include information on decorating, labeling, protective packaging, closures and machinery—a thorough exploration of Packaging 101.
 
Continuing education "at your place"...when travel budgets are tight, our custom in-house training is a cost-effective solution...for groups of at least 8-10 people. Opt for the full Fundamentals of Packaging Technology program, or select only those modules that deliver the most value to your team. We will send our instructors to teach at your facility.
 
This course offers a unique combination of classroom and hands-on learning with an eye toward reconciling packaging development with machine capabilities.
 
Since 1972, IoPP has awarded qualified applicants the designation “Certified Packaging Professional (CPP).”  To date, 1,500+ packaging professionals have attained CPP status. And with good reason. The most recent IoPP salary survey revealed that CPPs earn between 7% and 10% more than their non-certified co-workers! Candidates achieve the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) designation by demonstrating significant industry expertise and experience, measured through a flexible applicant testing process.
 
ONLINE TRAINING
 
Starting with Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, online learning options are available now. Take courses at your own pace - from your home, your office - anywhere you have a computer. 24/7 access!
 
Fundamentals of Packaging Technology Select
Fundamentals Select is a blended-learning option based on IoPP’s popular Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course. Fundamentals Select maximizes the convenience of online learning while also providing a bit of the group interaction that many packaging professionals say is important. An important benefit of Fundamentals Select is that you can choose the study group whose weekly discussion focus matches your needs. Each study group will meet on a different 10-week schedule. You complete each set of modules on your own time and then the instructor-led study group meets online to discuss that week’s lessons.
 
Packaging360 Leadership
Packaging360 Leadership is an advanced-level course that shows packaging professionals how to think about packaging as an integrated system that supports business objectives. Learn to go beyond the traditional thinking of packaging as a tactical function. This online course is ideal for learning how packaging is a strategic asset that enables your company to become a leader in its industry.
 
Scheduled regularly throughout the year, our web-based seminars feature industry experts offering insights on up-to-the-minute packaging topics.
 
For more information about any of these IoPP educational programs, contact Jim George, Director of Education, at 630-696-4011 or email jimg@iopp.org.