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ISTA’s Educational Webinar Series features the Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) program along with presentations from our top rated speakers from our most recent TransPack Forum.

The CPLP program recognizes your development and excellence in packaging laboratory professionals and certification is particularly valuable for enhancing the credibility of people involved with ISTA testing and ISTA certified laboratory operations.

The top rated speakers from the TransPack Forum webinars include useful ideas and information that are a great way for you and your team to stay abreast of the best practices and current issues in the responsible transport packaging industry.


Wednesday, November 18th, 10:30am– 4:00pm EST
WEBINAR: ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) TECHNOLOGIST

Larry Dull, ISTA's Lead Instructor and CPLP-Professional, ISTA

The Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) program recognizes your development and excellence in packaging laboratory professionals. CPLP certification is particularly valuable for enhancing the credibility of people involved with ISTA testing and ISTA certified laboratory operations.

Technologist Webinar Format:
10:30-12:30pm Webinar in Session
12:30-1:30 Webinar Break
1:30-3:30 Webinar in Session
3:30-4:00 Optional Wrap Up
(all times are EST)

Registration Fee: Online Material - $495 OR Printed Material - $595

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants may choose to receive online access to materials or receive printed materials in advance of the Webinar. Only ISTA Members may take the CPLP exams and receive CPLP status. All CPLP materials and exams are in English. English proficiency is therefore required for successful participation in the CPLP program. Please contact Lisa Bonsignore at ISTA (, phone 517-333-3437 ext. 215) if you have any further questions.


Wednesday, December 16th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
WEBINAR: Laboratory Evaluation of ASTM D4169 (Current and Proposed) and ISTA Vibration Profiles

Michael Morrow, Undergraduate Student, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences, Clemson University

Recently, efforts have been made to update the random vibration profiles located in ASTM D4169. Highlighted will be the changes being proposed to the ASTM standard. The presentation will provide laboratory test results for various packaged products evaluated under the current and proposed ASTM D4169 Truck profiles as well as the ISTA Steel Spring Truck profile.

Takeaways: Results of packaged products evaluated under different vibration techniques; Correlation of proposed and current industry test methods to field studies; Overview and highlights from proposed ASTM truck profiles.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55


Wednesday, January 20th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
WEBINAR: Dissecting Containment Force: Load Compression, Film Stiffness, and their Roles Stabilizing Unitized Goods

Luke Venechuk, Senior Packaging Engineer, Highlight Industries, Inc.

Containment force readings using a pull plate or similar tool are treated as a single force when in reality they are a combination of the compressive force (AKA wrapping force) and the stiffness (AKA stretch resistance) of the wrapped film on the load. Compression and stiffness each contribute to load stability but in different ways. Their contributions are dependent on the inherent vulnerability of the load to different failure modes. This study is a look at the roles of compression and stiffness as isolated variables and the balance required to stabilize a variety of loads with different stabilization requirements.

Takeaways: What forces comprise “Containment Force” and how are they balanced during a pull plate test. - How to better understand a load’s inherent stability / failure vulnerability and the changing contribution requirements of compression and stiffness.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Luke Venechuk Biography: Education: BS in Packaging, Michigan State University, School of Packaging. Activities: Member of ISTA, Member of ASTM Subcommittee D10 on Packaging, Member of IoPP's Transport Packaging Committee.


Wednesday, February 17th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
WEBINAR: Adapting to the Re-configuration of the Retail Supply Chain

Greg Fornasiero, Sr. Manager Packaging, The Home Depot

Many of the major retailers today must sell through both retail outlets and online channels to remain competitive and relevant. This change in the delivery process is transforming retail supply chains from a unitized bulk storage operation to a single package environment. However, in the current transition state, retailers are challenged with managing the balance between cost and performance. The task of package design and test requirements becomes more challenging when products are established in a “Brick and Mortar” retail business, and begin to rapidly gain sales in the online environment.

Takeaways: Understand the difficulty of designing universal packaging and to explore options for finding the appropriate balance between the right “retail” package and the right “E-Commerce” package. Explain different ways, data, testing and research can help strike the right balance for the design approach.

ISTA Members: FREE Non-Members: $55

Greg Fornasiero Biography: Education: B.S. Packaging - Michigan State University, MBA University of North Carolina Wilmington. Activities: Member ISTA; IoPP Southeastern Chapter, Featured Speaker, Competition Judge, Member at Large, IoPP Transport Packaging Technical Committee. Achievements: GE Manufacturing Engineer of the Year Award, Six Sigma Black Belt, US Patent Award, 2011 New York Times Feature Article, 2013 CEO Award for Management - The Home Depot.


It's Here! TransPack Forum Program is Available
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 2016 TransPack Fourm at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts on March 21-24. This year’s program provides a balance of valuable presentations, case studies, research and solutions from world-leading experts. New this year is a special segment dedicated to the challenges of packaging today’s consumer products. The program is designed to create opportunities for you to network and gain direct access with like-minded professionals who are facing the same challenges.
Check out the 2016 program and join us by registering today!



Upcoming RPbD Training Programs
for those who are interested in learning how to implement the process in their company. Whether you’re seeking to test the waters, committed to implementing the program, or desiring to obtain a professional certificate, the RPbD training program can help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to build your company’s reputation as an environmentally and socially conscious corporate citizen – and drive profitability.

Dates and locations for upcoming RPbD Training Programs are being planned. The format for the program includes a full day in-person session followed by a half day web meeting. Contact Lisa Bonsignore ( at ISTA Headquarters for upcoming dates and locations or to request a Training Program to be held at your company.

RPbD Guide Available to ISTA Members and Non Members
The Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Guide is a step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing, and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer, and regulatory expectations. The RPbD Guide is available as a member benefit at no additional cost under a licensing agreement to ISTA members classified as a Business Primary Location. Individual members and university members are not eligible for this benefit. Non-members may purchase the Guide for an annual license fee of $750. Simply visit the ISTA E-Market at