If you currently work in the packaging industry or plan to in the future, there are some available certifications you can earn to add to your professional repertoire. No matter what job you hold, there are benefits to being certified for specific skills and experience. These certifications are some of the best options for those who work in packaging, and they may help you appear more professional and give you a leg up on your competition. Here are some of the top certifications for packaging professionals.

IoPP Certified Packaging Professional (CPP)

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) provides two certifications for packaging professionals, one designed for those with a degree in packaging or over six years of experience, and another for those with less years under their belt. Their Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) program is the most well-known, and one of the most recognized in the industry. It offers a three-year program that helps demonstrate a person’s expertise in the packaging industry.

One the IoPP website, it says more than 2,000 professionals in the packaging industry have earned their CPP program, and that the industry recognizes it as a commitment to excellence in packaging. This is a great program for someone who has been working in packaging and wants to gain a new certification and expand their packaging academics.

IoPP Certified Professionals in Training (CPIT)

This available certification is offered by the IoPP and is designed for packaging professionals with fewer than six academic or industry years. It provides an entry testing period and then you move on to complete the full CPP program mentioned above following your sixth year in the industry. This is just a way for you to get started with the CPP program without needing to meet the requirement of six years in the industry.

Certificate of Packaging Science (CPS)

The Packaging School provides a one-year program that earns you a Certificate of Packaging Science (CPS). Throughout the program, you learn the industry materials and processes, so you can become a certified packaging professional. This is one of the shorter programs offered and it can help you add value to your professional experience. The program says you’ll learn the language of packaging, which will help you differentiate yourself from the competition. This is a great starting point for beginning your professional packaging certifications.

Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management (CMPM)

Clemson University and The Packaging School have teamed up to offer the Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management. The CMPM program offers insight into the latest packaging technologies, and ensures you are fully versed on leadership skills for packaging operations, such as packaging development, procurement, and organizational management. It requires an application to apply, and once accepted, you can begin the program and earn your certificate.

Each of these packaging certifications are great options for anyone looking to expand their professional and academic experience. Being certified in a profession gives you a huge advantage over your competition, which allows you to unlock more and better opportunities throughout your career in packaging. This industry is ever-changing, so being up to date with your schooling and available opportunities will help you stay in touch with modern technology and advancements. There are, of course, many more certifications available for packaging professionals, these are just some of the most well-known.