Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification Pre-Forum Training
Date/Time
4/30/2023
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Central
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Event Type(s)
Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP)
Event Description

Packaging Dynamics Professional (ISTA PDP) Certification Pre-Forum Training

This in-person event covers all six (6) courses required to obtain your ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) Certification.  Once you complete these courses and pass the exam, you will receive your certification as an ISTA Packaging Dynamics Professional.

PDP 101: Principles of Distribution Packaging is an introduction to various topics that affect distribution package design.  Topics include understanding the various levels of packaging, corrugated fundamentals, sustainability, and the implications of packaging decisions.  The hazards of supply chains, transportation modes, and different commerce channels will also be discussed.

The training objectives for this course include:
  • A better understanding of the roles of the different layers of packaging in distribution
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of corrugated and making sustainable packaging decisions
  • An understanding of the importance of preshipment testing and the role ISTA plays in the development & implementation of test standards
  • An understanding of various commerce and supply chain channels
  • A better understanding of the decision-making process related to packaging design and sustainability 
PDP 101 is the first of 6 courses in ISTA’s Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) certification program.   

PDP 101 is followed by 5 additional 200-level courses:
  • PDP 201:  Atmospheric & Compression Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 202:  Shock & Drop Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 203:  Vibration Hazards in Transit
  • PDP 204:  Test Laboratory Operations & Instrumentation
  • PDP 205:  Test Procedures & Enhanced Simulation Testing
PDP 201 through 205 build on what is learned in PDP 101 to examine the hazards packages experience in our global distribution environment.  The morning session will focus on packaging design, optimization and testing challenges associated with atmospheric, compression, shock, drop & vibration hazards in transit.  The afternoon session will examine the importance & process of using test procedures in the lab to simulate shipping hazards in the environment.  PDP coursework will emphasize techniques to get accurate & reliable data using test instrumentation.  Finally, trainees will learn about the latest technology in test planning & reporting. PDP 201 through 205 are the continuation of ISTA’s Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) certification program.  

In order to receive ISTA’s Packaging Dynamics Professional (PDP) Certification, trainees must participate in all six (6) PDP trainings on Sunday, April 30th as well as take and pass the exams for all six (6) of these courses.   

Registered trainees may choose to take the ISTA PDP Certification exams in one of two ways: 
(1) Take the written version of the exams in-person on Monday, May 1st from 9:00 – 11:00am (the morning following the PDP training (this in-person exam session is OPTIONAL)  
<or>  
(2) Take the ISTA PDP Certification exams offered via the online learning system on ISTA’s website.  Attendees who choose to take their exams on ISTA’s website will have access to the full ISTA PDP online course video presentation & documentation content in preparation for & reference during their exam.  The exam for each course can be found at the end of the content for each of the six (6) PDP courses (this is the ISTA-preferred method for taking the ISTA PDP Certification exams).

Instructor:
Larry Dull, ISTA Lead Instructor

Schedule:
  • Breakfast & Registration 4/30: 7:30am – 8:00am CST
  • Instruction 4/30: 8:00am – 5:30pm CST
  • Mid-morning break 4/30: 10:00am – 10:30am CST
  • Lunch 4/30: Noon – 1:00pm CST
  • Mid-afternoon break 4/30: 3:00pm – 3:30pm CST
  • Breakfast 4/30: 7:30am – 8:00am CST
  • Optional Review Session 5/1: 8:00am – 9:00am CST
  • Optional Exam 5/1: 9:00am – 11:00am CST (see exam options above)
Rates to attend:
With Forum Registration:
  • ISTA Member Discounted Rate: $1050
  • Non-Member Rate: $1650
  • Student Rate: $950 (Students may register for PDP 101 on for $75)
Without Forum Registration:
  • ISTA Member Discounted Rate: $1350
  • Non-Member Rate: $1950
  • Student Rate: $1,200 (Students may register for PDP 101 on for $75)
Location
Marriott Marquis Houston
Houston, TX

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