Packaging Education and Training

In today's competitive landscape, it is more important than ever to stay on top of the latest technologies and innovation as they continue to evolve at light speed. Certain organizations such as The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) are committed to developing networking and educational opportunities that help packaging professionals be successful within their organizations.

 

Having the rights tools at your disposal is key to furthering one's career path. Some examples of networking and educational opportunities include attending trade shows, webinars, enrolling in online courses as well as signing up for in-person training.

 

Becoming a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) will also likely increase your chances of earning between 7% and 10% more than non-certified professionals, according to the most recent IoPP salary survey. To achieve the CPP status one must demonstrate substantial industry knowledge and experience, which is measured through a flexible applicant testing process.

 

Those who are planning towards a future in the packaging community may look to enrolling in a prestigious program offered at several universities across the country where they can gain access to the highest level of packaging education and insight into ground-breaking research. Currently the nation's largest packaging program resides at Michigan State University (MSU) which was established in 1952 as the first program of its kind. The School of Packaging (SoP) stands as the nation's largest and most comprehensive packaging program, and has conferred more than 7,000 degrees.

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At WestPack, identify new, more cost-effective products, technologies and processes to help accelerate your packaging projects.


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At PackEx Montréal, test drive the latest packaging products. Attend free technology presentations, conveniently located on the show floor.


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Being successful in the hyperactive world of consumer packaged goods requires insight into what consumers need from product packaging. Figuring that out is a goal of Michigan State University School of Packaging engineer Eric Lausch. He expects...


What does a packaging professional do all day? Finding out is the first of many tasks three inquisitive packaging students have discovered as part of their participation in the new Mission: Packaging program sponsored by...


Technicians are in-demand throughout industry and nowhere is that need so critical is in food processing and packaging markets. A new training program that seeks to address that shortage is gaining traction.

 

During Process Expo last...


Identifying emerging trends in packaging and manufacturing can help you stay ahead of your competition. One of the best ways to spot these trends is by attending major industry events, where you can see firsthand the new products and technologies...


Packaging leaders from McCormick & Co., Kraft Foods, General Mills, ConAgra and more will share ideas, tips and their thoughts on future packaging trends and technologies at an intense one-day conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center...


Passionate about using what she learns to help others in need, Alexandra Slagle got a recent boost herself. She received the 2015 Richard C. Ryan Packaging Education Scholarship and will use the $2,000 to continue her studies at Michigan State...


The Journal of Applied Packaging Research is a useful and open resource with strong ties to packaging industry educators that's available free to anyone.

 

Among other things, familiarity can also breed renewable resources when it...


Women in management roles within packaging departments are changing how the packaging industry does business.

Packaging Digest first reported on this trend at the beginning of 2015 with...


Tori Motchan has not yet started her professional career in packaging, but she is already winning honors within the industry.

Motchan, who will graduate from Clemson University in December 2016 with a B.S. in Packaging Science, has been...


When you need to move your packaging projects from collaboration to coordination and into implementation, where can you find inspiration for your next great idea and meet your next supplier partners? Exhibits, presentations and networking...


We have gathered together a virtual reunion of our Rising Stars who Packaging Digest has featured regularly since late last spring. Represented are students (shown) from packaging programs at Cal Poly, Michigan State University, Rutgers...


A senior in Rutgers University’s packaging engineering program, Damen Soriente was selected as a Rising Star in Packaging by the school. You’ll know why after reading what he has to say about his experiences both within the program and without....


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Packaging students at Cal Poly State University are getting hands-on experience in their future profession thanks to a partnership between the Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business and Specright LLC. Specright, a packaging-specification...


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i4 Solutions excels at integrating machine vision. Why?

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Friendship Industries was founded in 1964, as a not-for-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities through work opportunities.

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IoPP is committed...


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Complete application engineering, custom manufacturing, training, and unparalleled after sale...


As a distributor SPS represents some of the best manufacturers in the Packaging Industry for both equipment and supplies. We provide customers with the latest in packaging technology and advances.

SPS is dedicated to providing technical...

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