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Under new management now for almost a year, the Institute of Packaging Professionals is refocusing its attention on its core mission of providing educational opportunities to individual members in the packaging field. One educational program that IoPP offers is certification as a packaging professional. The certification designation has been awarded to more than 1,500 individuals since the program was instituted in 1972. The Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) program offers a flexible qualifying procedure and a rather rigorous peer examination procedure. CPPs earn their designation via a two-stage qualifying procedure completed within a 12-month period. "The certification process is not easy," admits Ed Landon, IoPP's executive director. "It's not a gimme."

First, the candidate must have a minimum of six years' experience in packaging or a closely related technical discipline. Up to four years' credit toward that requirement may be granted for an undergraduate degree in packaging. An additional one-year credit can be granted for a post-graduate degree in packaging or a related technical discipline. Those candidates who can pass the performance options listed below, but who do not have the required six years' experience, can earn the Certified Professionals in Training (CPT) designation.

The second qualifying procedure involves the candidate's demonstration of knowledge of applied packaging technology, shown through completion of two of four possible options: 1) a multiple-choice exam; 2) a narrative exam; 3) a resumé of activities form that documents experience in packaging; and/or 4) a submission of a written paper or proof of a paper published within the past year, or proof of a patent granted within the past year.

The multiple-choice, open-book test is based on the textbook Fundamentals of Packaging Technology by Walter Soroka. Candidates can use the book for self-study, making use of exercise questions at the end of each chapter, or they can opt to enroll in the Fundamentals course offered in Chicago and Baltimore, taught by Soroka. This year, the four Spring/Summer semesters are being held in Baltimore (concluding July 16 to 18). The Fall semesters are scheduled in Chicago from Sept. 10 to 12; Oct. 8 to 10; Nov. 5 to 7; and Dec. 3 to 5.

Topics covered in the textbook and in the four-semester course range from a historical perspective on packaging and packaging materials, through design and printing technologies, polymer chemistry for the non-chemist, package distribution, and machinery design and packaging line layout.

To maintain the CPP status and eventually attain lifetime certification, CPPs must demonstrate continuing involvement in packaging by recertifying twice, the first time five years after initial certification and then again five years later. Recertification involves any one of the following: 1) submitting a current resumé of activities outlining experience and packaging-related career participation; 2) passing one of the recertification tests currently in effect; or 3) submitting a new paper written by the candidate on a technical or management topic of the candidate's choice. After the two recertifications, the candidate will stay qualified for the rest of his/her career.

For further information on the certification program or for course fees or textbook costs, contact IoPP's program administrator, Carol Schiller, at 630/544-5050, or visit IoPP's website at Circle No. 220.

Worldpak opens educational vistas
Promising to be the packaging education event of this year, Worldpak 2002, June 23 to 28, brings 150 education sessions and 39 poster displays to the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Cosponsored this year by MSU's School of Packaging–which is celebrating its 50th anniversary–and the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes, Worldpak is expecting nearly 700 packaging professionals to attend, with one-third of the participants from outside the U.S. The event includes four keynote addresses and 14 featured speakers, in addition to the conference sessions.
When the School of Packaging opened in 1952, MSU became the first university in the world to offer degrees in packaging and the international leader in cutting-edge packaging research.

Keynote speakers include, on Monday, Joseph Coates, former president and CEO, Coates & Jarratt, Packaging Now to 2025; Steven Rogel, chairman, Weyerhaeuser, Thinking Inside and Outside the Box; Mel Bahr, CEO, MGS Machine Corp., Packaging Machinery and Its Role in Packaging Decisions; and, on Friday, William V. Hickey, president and CEO, Sealed Air Corp., How Packaging Will Redefine our World.

Other featured speakers are Hal Miller, director, Packaging Technology, Johnson & Johnson; Timothy Kolakowski, vp, DuPont Packaging; Eric Greenberg, counsel, Ungaretti & Harris; Ben Miyares, vp-industry relations, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute; Douglas Moyer, global/NA packaging engineering manager, Ford Customer Service; Kathleen Kono, vp, American Society for Testing and Materials; Janet McLaughlin, Federal Aviation Authority; Aaron Brody, Packaging/Brody, Inc.; Curtis Babb, group manager-packaging development, Coco-Cola; Susan d'Hont, marketing manager, Matrics; A. Michael Foster, director-packaging systems, Ethicon Endo-Surgery; Timothy Schultz, president, John Henry Packaging Group; Harold Hughes, professor, Michigan State University; and Raymond Bourque, director-packaging & processing, Ocean Spray Cranberries.

Monday's schedule features the opening plenary session, an opening luncheon and speakers' sessions in the afternoon. Tuesday morning's topics include Distribution of Perishables; Packaging and the Environment; Food Quality, Safety and Development; Automotive Packaging; and Active Packaging. The afternoon's sessions are Global Distribution Challenges; Package Innovation and Development; Medical Packaging Design; Modeling for Package Design; and Packaging Development Through Shipping Tests. A "Celebration of the Past 50 Years" banquet closes Tuesday's activities.

Wednesday begins with sessions on Hazardous Materials Shipping; Barrier of Plastics Packaging; E-commerce; Biodegradable and Edible Packaging; and Food Product Quality. The afternoon includes Shock and Vibration Analysis; Packaging Education; Packaging Logistics, Containers and Pooling; Medical Packaging-Testing; and Analytical Methods. On Thursday morning, attendees will hear about Cushioning Materials; Antimicrobial Packaging; Distribution Effect on Food Quality, High-pressure Processing and Migration; Packaging Economics and Marketing; and Packaging-General.

The afternoon is open for factory visits in the area or for tours of the MSU School of Packaging. The Worldpak conference closes on Friday after the closing plenary session.

Registrants can attend the entire conference program or choose any consecutive three-day session (M-W, Tu-Th, or W-F). Fees are prorated accordingly. Companion/family activities are optional. For details on tours and optional programs, visit the Worldpak website at

For further information, contact the conference secretary, Linda Belman, at 517/353-4384, by fax at 517/353-8999, or by e-mail at [email protected] Circle No. 221.

Label/Packaging Suppliers Council
Preceding the Worldpak 2002 conference is the Label/Packaging Suppliers Council workshop, June 23 to 25, also at Michigan State University. The meeting opens with a reception on Sunday evening at 6:30. On Monday, the sessions include the following: Use of Iridescent Films in Labeling; New Pressure-Sensitive Labeling Graphics Effects; Thin Film Pressure-Sensitive Labels; Lasersoft Technologies; The Growing Marketplace for Narrow-Web Converting, Beyond Pressure-Sensitive Labeling; New In-Mold Labeling Technology; and New Labeling Technologies from ExxonMobil. On Tuesday, the sessions include: New Krones Labeling Machinery Technology; New Oriented Polystyrene Shrink Labeling Materials for Sleeve Labeling and Roll-On Shrink Labeling; and DimensionalFX.

For more information or for registration on the council's program or for registration, contact Betty B. Horn at 703/569-9896 or e-mail [email protected] Circle No. 222.
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