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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When Amy Zettlemoyer-Lazar stood up in front of more than a 1,000 anxious packaging professionals at the 2006 Pack Expo Intl. show to reveal Wal-Mart’s Sustainable Packaging Scorecard, she faced the horde with aplomb.


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According to our survey of aged 60+ packaging professionals, more than 75% have been working in packaging for 25 years or more. Their input reveals the highs and lows of work life as a seasoned packaging professional.


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Top food and beverage packaging trends will be impartially presented at this year’s Process Expo from the Food Processing Suppliers Assn. (FPSA), scheduled for Sept.


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The School of Packaging at Michigan State University needs more tenured professors—and needs them now. That was one of several points made during the Jan.


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Are you in the twilight of your packaging career? Like many industries in the country, the packaging industry is experiencing a significant shift in its workforce.


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More women are rising to the highest levels of leadership within packaging departments, and the trend promises to change how the packaging industry does business.

 


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Like the “Bang!” of a starting gun, the New Year often triggers an ardent resolution to move forward—often in fresh directions. But the reality is, we usually change behavior gradually rather than jarringly overnight.


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Packaging executives from Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Cal-Poly and more will be lending their expert opinions and advice to the editors of Packaging Digest.


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EastPack serves up packaging solutions for various markets located on or near the east coast of the U.S., from new automation technologies on packaging machines to the latest structures and designs.


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Your local midwest packaging event brings live demonstrations of the latest equipment, design ideas and expert speakers on hot topics such as 3D printing, design ideation and innovation, supplier quality and more.


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Philadelphia hosts the region's new annual packaging event, boosted by medical and other manufacturing-related co-located shows.


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Canada's leading showcase of packaging solutions combines an active Resource Hall of exhibits with a dynamic conference program to deliver the kind of necessary connections to move your packaging projects forward.


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When Amy Zettlemoyer-Lazar stood up in front of more than a 1,000 anxious packaging professionals at the 2006 Pack Expo Intl. show to reveal Wal-Mart’s Sustainable Packaging Scorecard, she faced the horde with aplomb. As Sam’s Club director of...


According to our survey of aged 60+ packaging professionals, more than 75% have been working in packaging for 25 years or more. Their input reveals the highs and lows of work life as a seasoned packaging professional.

 

We’re all...


Top food and beverage packaging trends will be impartially presented at this year’s Process Expo from the Food Processing Suppliers Assn. (FPSA), scheduled for Sept. 15-18, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick...


The School of Packaging at Michigan State University needs more tenured professors—and needs them now. That was one of several points made during the Jan. 30, 2015, webcast debriefing from the Strategic Planning Committee to external stakeholders...


Are you in the twilight of your packaging career? Like many industries in the country, the packaging industry is experiencing a significant shift in its workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The labor force will continue to age...


More women are rising to the highest levels of leadership within packaging departments, and the trend promises to change how the packaging industry does business.

 

The percentage of women in top leadership roles continues to grow, in...


Like the “Bang!” of a starting gun, the New Year often triggers an ardent resolution to move forward—often in fresh directions. But the reality is, we usually change behavior gradually rather than jarringly overnight.

Case in point…for the...


Packaging executives from Coca-Cola, ConAgra, Cal-Poly and more will be lending their expert opinions and advice to the editors of Packaging Digest.

At the beginning of 2015, Packaging Digest seated its new Editorial...


Not everyone knows what they want to do at an early age, especially when in college. However, this is not the case for Catherine Jucha who is working on obtaining a degree in Packaging Systems and Design from Virginia Tech.

This month’s...


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In today’s competitive landscape, it is more important than ever to stay on top of cutting-edge technologies and innovation as they continue to evolve at a blink of an eye. There’s no better place to get ideas and solutions for your business than...


Packaging Digest and sister publication Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News are working closely with our conference team with UBM on ideas for 2015 packaging-specific events. We are working together to provide you with...


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Certain people seemed destined for packaging from birth, like Rebecca Kisch, a senior in the packaging program at the California Polytechnic State University. This rising star at Cal Poly shares with us her packaging story past, present and future...


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 dedicated to the proposition that packaging is a positive, environmentally responsible and economically efficient force, operating in a modern economic society for the benefit and improved well-being of its people.

IoPP is committed...


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Phase Fire Shrink Tunnel Technologies is a design-manufacturer of shrink film banders and sleevers, shrink tunnel ovens and product handling systems. In the course of supporting Fortune 500 companies, American Packaging Products has developed and...


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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...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 to Thursday, November 20, 2014

Feel the advantage of hands-on access to the newest packaging technologies, equipment, and resources. Take this opportunity to test drive the latest and greatest in the industry and compare products side by side. Connect with leading suppliers and...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 to Thursday, February 12, 2015

WestPack continues to bring leading packaging industry professionals together to source a comprehensive array of cutting-edge equipment, products, and services. WestPack delivers key decision makers in corporate management, production, engineering...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 to Thursday, June 11, 2015

EastPack serves up packaging solutions for various markets located on or near the east coast of the U.S., from new automation technologies on packaging machines to the latest structures and designs.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 to Thursday, June 18, 2015

Canada's leading showcase of packaging solutions combines an active Resource Hall of exhibits with a dynamic conference program to deliver the kind of necessary connections to move your packaging projects forward.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 to Thursday, October 8, 2015

Philadelphia hosts the region's new annual packaging event, boosted by medical and other manufacturing-related co-located shows.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Join the hoorah in Houston, as TexasPack 2015 brings you the latest in packaging products from top suppliers. Plus, the new 2-hour Learning Labs explore hot topics like 3D printing, quality in packaging and more.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 to Thursday, November 5, 2015

Your local midwest packaging event brings live demonstrations of the latest equipment, design ideas and expert speakers on hot topics such as 3D printing, design ideation and innovation, supplier quality and more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 to Thursday, November 19, 2015

Orlando, FL, is your best destination for packaging machinery, materials and services solutions. The SouthPack 2015 event assembles exhibits showing the latest products along with new 2-hour Learning Labs to feed your educational hunger.