New Address and Phone Number:
Institute of Packaging Professionals
11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190-5629 USA
Phone: +1 (571) 266-4403
IoPP’s multiple-choice test is mandatory for every candidate entering the program. The test is comprised of 150 questions on packaging machinery, materials and technology. This is an “open book” test. An 80% correct score is considered passing.
Test is presented in an online, Internet-based format.
For Multiple-Choice Exam guidelines, click here.
Candidates demonstrate their command of applied packaging technology by successfully completing the MANDATORY Multiple-Choice Exam and one of the following options:
1. Narrative Exam:
Alternatively, candidates may choose to answer three narrative, “essay-type” questions from a list of 10 such questions formulated by other Certified Packaging Professionals. The narrative questions are general in nature in order to permit and encourage appropriate responses drawn from each candidate’s own background, whether that is in consumer or industrial packaging, in engineering or design, in technical disciplines or management. Reference to various texts is encouraged. The answers are evaluated by a committee on a “pass/fail” basis. This exam is a timed test due within a 4 day window. The questions are emailed to the applicant.
For Narrative Exam instructions, click here.
2. Resume of Activities:
Candidates may complete a detailed resume form (supplied by IoPP) to document their past six (6) years of experience and active participation in packaging and/or related disciplines with a work resume attached. A Resume Review Committee awards points for continuous employment; participation in IoPP or related technical societies’ affairs; presentations at conferences, seminars and meetings; publishing authored papers on appropriate technical and management topics; attending educational courses and industry exhibitions; teaching or lecturing; securing patents, and more.
For updated Resume of Activity Guidelines, click here.
For updated Resume of Activity form, click here.
For updated Resume of Activity CPE Information form, click here.