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ISTA regards Education and Networking as cornerstone activities and considering today's economic challenges, knowledge is more important than ever. ISTA offers many educational opportunities to help you stay current with relevant industry issues and keep up-to-date on the newest innovations and best practices in transport packaging. We are committed to providing quality educational events that will deliver direct benefits to you and your company.


September 10th (Technician) and 17th (Technologist)
Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Workshops

Larry Dull, CPLP Instructor, ISTA Vice President- Sustainable Solutions

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. ISTA will be offering CPLP Technician and Technologist Webinars on September 10th and 17th. It will be conducted by Larry Dull, ISTA's Vice President, Sustainable Solutions and who is also a CPLP-Professional. The CPLP exam will be available online after the webinar or in paper format upon request.

Technician Webinar - September 10th:
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)

Technologist Webinar - September 17th:
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: $695.00 for one course or $1,250.00 for both courses.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants will receive online access to 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) if you have any further questions.


We Want to Hear From You! Call for ISTA Webinar Series Speakers
ISTA's 2013 webinar series was very successful and many of you took advantage of the learning opportunity! We are looking for speakers to participate in our 2014 series. We want to hear from you if you have an interesting and informative topic or case study related to transport packaging! Here are a few topics of interest but the webinars are not limited to these specific areas:

• Experiences with shipping into and out of new and emerging markets
• Packaging Test Labs – quality and audit strategies
• Package testing strategies for large non-palletized cartons
• Handling graphics for large cartons
• Developing and/or maintaining a custom corporate packaging specification

Click here to send us your title and abstract or contact Lisa Bonsignore at if you are interested or have any questions.



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