Deadline to Apply: July 25, 2024

Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management (CMPM)

A 12-week, PhD-led certificate program ideal for ambitious professionals seeking to advance their career in the packaging industry and for companies actively seeking future leaders and rising stars to lead their teams.

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What is CMPM?

Executive-level education design to be agile.

Acquiring a tangible solution that can be presented to both management and peers. The exceptional feature of this program lies in its Packaging Development Plan (PDP) and personalized 1-1 coaching, enabling students to apply course teachings to their own organizational or personal projects.

With a duration of 12 weeks and 14 comprehensive courses, this online program offers flexibility for individuals with full-time jobs, while ensuring continuous support through Dr. Suggs' readily available office hours.

Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning

Offered through Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning

PDP Alum
The PDP, an ongoing project within the certificate, becomes an invaluable asset to share with stakeholders involved in realizing your projects, and it offers endless possibilities as it can be tailored to your unique requirements.
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How does it work?

Weekly Updates with Dr. Suggs
1:1 Mentorship
Open Communication
Phd-Led Project
Dr. Julie Suggs
Academic Director


The Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management is a 12-week program offered 5 times a year (spring, summer, fall 1, fall 2, and winter). To begin the process, simply complete a brief application and submit the $25 application fee. If you have any doubts or inquiries, Dr. Suggs, the program instructor, is readily available for a call to address all your questions and concerns.

Comprehensive Curriculum

Week 1

Global Competitive Landscape

Week 5

Material Management II

Week 9

Capital Equipment & Manufacturing

Week 2

Project Management Essentials

Week 6


Week 10

Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Week 3

Regulations & Corporate Sustainability

Week 7

Package Labeling & Finishing

Week 11

Leveraging Human Factors In Packaging

Week 4

Material Management I

Week 8

Packaging Development Workflow

Week 12

Review & Final Exam

Where do I start?

Future Proof Your Skills

To start your journey, please fill out the short application form and submit your $25 application fee. Our request is that you embrace the application as an opportunity for the Packaging School Education Team to understand your personal and professional goals so that we may ensure the CMPM program is a fit for you. You will receive both a confirmation of receipt soon after submission and personal response regarding your application within 1-3 business days.
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What do your peers say?

We have worked with thousands of amazing people.

“The CMPM is a great program for both up-and-coming professionals curious to know more about packaging engineering as well as seasoned packaging professionals who are looking to do deeper dives and obtain additional knowledge; very fun, useful and engaging overall!”

Mario Barrios
Senior Packaging Engineer, Colgate-Palmolive Company

“At this point in my career, I was searching for an educational opportunity with the most comprehensive, data driven, and practical program and the CMPM offered that in droves. I was able to use my background to traverse other packaging disciplines and learn all new platforms I had interacted with but never had the chance to dive in. I recommend this program whether you’re just starting in packaging or even with several years under your belt.”

Adam Moffitt
Business Development Manager, UPM Raflatac

“The CMPM program offers valuable insights into the latest packaging trends and processes. It also provides an excellent framework for project management. I highly encourage anyone who is interested in taking their packaging knowledge to the next level to take this course.”

Clay Mitchell
Category Manager, American Paper and Twine

“This program met my expectations. In this program we are learning more in-depth compared to what we could learn in school and at a much more accelerated pace. For the price and going through the program, this program met my objective.”

Gavan Singh
Packaging Eng and Logistic Coordinator Draexlmaier

“I loved the fact that the CMPM program was an interactive online series that inspired my creativity and enabled my ability to use new tools to take back to Nissan North America, Inc. It allowed me to implement an effective and efficient packaging process to help not only me, but my colleagues in their everyday performance on the job.”

Lauren McDonald
Packaging Specialist, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

“Although I am currently in the corrugated industry this course gave me a great refresher on developing packaging for our current customers and new prospects. Very detailed and insightful into the “why” of consumer buying decisions. I use the framework for the project development plan daily and have asked my team of Account Managers and Designers to focus on key elements of the plan, specifically the needs analysis and market research portions.”

Chris Marsh
Regional Sales Manager, Jamestown Container Corporation

“The CMPM is a very complete and inspiring program, its content has contributed to reinforce my knowledge in key areas such as materials, production processes, and supply chain. This allowed me to keep growing as a packaging professional and will further contribute to strengthen my value proposition and packaging solutions to my customers.”

Carolina Aristizábal Molina
Packaging Engineer, Smurfit Kappa

“The CMPM was a constructive overview of all things packaging! The coursework provided was informational and applicable to everyday practices within our organization; laying the groundwork for what it takes to launch a package.”

Garrett Patrick
Packaging Engineer, Gorilla Glue

“The CMPM program exceeded my expectations regarding packaging machine systems, sustainability, and point of purchase strategies, through a complete and holistic approach to the different aspects of packaging.”

Rebeca Granados Andrade
Experience Centre Manager, Smurfit Kappa México

Looking to sharpen your expertise in a specific area?

This program has been expertly crafted to align with your unique goals. Share your information with us, and we’ll tailor the experience to your ambitions. Brace yourself for the remarkable ways this program will empower you to achieve your objectives like never before.
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The Packaging School brings together the business, art, and science of packaging so you can lead projects, optimize supply chains, increase margins, and develop sustainable solutions.

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