Ready to sharpen your project management skills in the packaging field?

Our new five-hour online course is just what you need. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting, this course equips you to handle packaging projects with expertise and confidence.


August 22, 2024

November 7, 2024

10 AM - 3 PM EST

Online via Microsoft Teams
  • Elite members: $475
  • Student members: $505
  • Premium members: $535
  • Regular members: $565
  • Affiliates and non-members: $595

    Students receive PDFs for all course slides. Payment must be made by check or credit card prior to the course. Upon payment, students will receive a login link for the course.

Completing this course earns you 4 CPE credits.
You can apply these toward our Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) requirements.
You must attend all training days to earn your CPE credits and Certificate of Completion.


  • What is a project?
  • Project management ideally vs. reality
  • What does it take to be a project manager?

    Packaging projects
  • Graphic change only
  • Structure change only (new material)
  • Structure + graphic change
  • Equipment change (new or existing structure)
  • New product development

    Project stages
  • Stage Gate definition & process
  • Stages of a project:
    -Develop the business case
    -Project development
  • Testing, validation & finish:
    -Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA)
    -Risk assessment
    -Capital Expenditure Request (CER)
    -Request for Purchase (RFP)
    -Factory Acceptance Test (FAT)
    -Site Acceptance Test (SAT)
    -Close out the project
  • Value of project management

  • Appendix (acronyms)

Irene Thong, CISM, GSTRT, PMP

Irene is a distinguished project management and IT leader with over two decades of experience across various industries. Currently, she excels as the Senior Director of IT and Project Management at Printpack, overseeing IT, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and aligning business strategies with IT initiatives.

Irene's career is marked by progressive leadership roles, including Director of Project Management and Information Security, where she spearheaded Printpack's digital transformation and project management practices. Her extensive background also encompasses roles in sales, engineering, and as a mentor. Irene holds an MBA from Radford University, and multiple prestigious certifications in project management and information security.

Her academic foundation is solidified with Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering, alongside minors in Economics and Mathematics, showcasing her broad expertise and capability to drive innovation and success. She is currently working toward becoming a Doctor of Technology at Purdue University,


What will I learn?
  • Balancing project management ideals and realities: Learn to distinguish between the idealistic expectations and the actual realities of project management.
  • Project manager role and value: Understand the crucial role a project manager plays and the value they bring to packaging projects.
  • Navigating project stages: Master the art of effectively moving through different stages of a project.
  • Managing packaging project changes: Become adept at handling changes, whether in graphics, structure, equipment, or new product development.
  • Building a business case and creating Requests for Proposals (RFPs): Learn to develop a comprehensive business case for your projects and how to create effective RFPs.
  • Testing, validation, and risk assessment: Master these essential aspects to ensure the success and safety of your packaging projects.
  • Launching and closing projects: Gain insights into the process of initiating and successfully concluding packaging projects.