SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) has entered into a partnership with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) to offer the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online course. SPE licensed 19 modules in a three-year agreement with the institute to provide the online training to plastics professionals through a private, co-branded online portal managed by IoPP.

Plastics professionals can use a customized course catalog available through this portal to receive a comprehensive education in plastics packaging. The training covers polymers and polymer properties and related printing and polymer-molding technologies, as well as content on plastic design parameters and how they can be used to protect products through their distribution environment.

“SPE supports plastics professionals at every stage of their careers,” says SPE Chief Executive Officer Patrick Farrey. “These courses will help people expand their plastics knowledge base and gain the skills needed to launch or advance their careers.”

Thousands of professionals from companies in about 50 countries have taken the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology online course through the IoPP. The self-directed lessons in SPE’s customized course catalog cover every major area of plastics packaging.

“IoPP’s mission has consistently been to provide educational opportunities that assist professionals in the packaging industry grow their careers,” says Jane Chase, IoPP’s executive director. “We’re excited to be able to share our world-class packaging education programs with organizations representing extended segments of the broader packaging industry, like SPE.”

Jim George, IoPP’s director of education, agrees.

“Our goal is to help people grow their packaging careers so that as they become more highly trained plastics professionals, they can in turn make better decisions that grow brands and help their company’s bottom line.”

For more information on these courses or to register, visit www.4spe.org/fundamentals.