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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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....


Campbell Soup started canning soup in 1869, and today is widely recognized as the category leader with its iconic red-and-white label. Yet in 2012, it boldly moved in a new packaging direction—a stand-up retort pouch—for its new Millennial-favored...


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...


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...


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


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SPS is dedicated to providing technical...

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