Packaging Certificate

The first and only 100% online academic program that will enable you to develop the professional skill set you need to be successful in the automotive packaging field.


This Certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the packaging supply chain through a thorough study across the intersection of automotive manufacturers, part suppliers, and packaging providers.
The Certificate aims to bring you up to speed on automotive packaging. We’ve collaborated with subject matter experts and state-of-the-art facilities so you’ll understand the unique roles of Tier 1s, OEMs, and packaging suppliers.
We’ll cover part and packaging storage, handling, identification, and customization of returnable and expendable packaging solutions.

The Certificate

To make this course, our team visited leading experts at PakFab (Returnable Metal Packaging), Tree Brand Packaging (Expendable Packaging – Wood), and NTIC Excor Zerust (Comprehensive Corrosion Control), and IPS (Packaging Distributor).

These in-depth lessons from our sponsors are part of a larger curriculum covering:

Download Course Catalog


Automotive Packaging
Certificate Workbook

548 pages of actionable content to accelerate your retention and mastery of the automotive packaging industry. A must-have companion for those serious about the next step in their career.

Hear From The Experts

Dr. Andrew Hurley

Chief Learning Officer & Founder of The Packaging School.

Packaging and entrepreneurship came together at an early age for Dr. Andrew Hurley. As a young boy, he molded and sold pewter figurines, but inadequate shipping materials led to breakage. Frustrated, he set to researching better packaging alternatives … and he hasn’t ever stopped. Dr. Hurley is an Associate Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. He leads the packaging design emphasis area, where he researches how to leverage packaging to solve even the toughest supply chain challenges.

Josh Galvarino

Josh Galvarino is Sr. Project Manager for Dangerous Goods at Amazon. Josh has extensive knowledge in the field of hazmat packaging. In his role as the Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International he has led the Dangerous Goods Transportation efforts for the North American parts distribution centers. Prior to his role at Mercedes-Benz, Josh has provided hazardous material transportation support in compliance with Title 49 CFR at Rayethon. Josh holds a Packaging Masters and Bachelors degree from Clemson University. With almost a decade of experience in dangerous goods packaging engineering and transportation compliance, he is packaging hazmat expert and SME in the field.

Drew Cockman

Drew Cockman is Section Manager for internal Audits at BMW MC. Prior to this role, he was Section Manager for BMW Manufacturing Logistics Planning and Packaging where he was responsible for the packaging concept development as well as procurement of packaging for new Vehicle Launches at BMW in Spartanburg, SC. In this role, Drew has led and managed the packaging planning team at BMW MC and organized his team for vehicle launches and production. In his previous role in Procurement at BMW, Drew has let the F25 LCi/ F26 supply chain industrialization. In addition, Drew has extensive knowledge and experience with the North American Sourcing Strategies, specifically for high turnover parts such as Lead Acid Batteries, Air Intake, Magnesium Casting Structure, Torque Shaft, Cooling / Hydraulic Hoses.

Chris Helms

Chris Helms is the President of Tree Brand Packaging, Inc., specializing in wood packaging applications. Chris has a decade long history of working in the packaging and containers industry. His expertise includes wood pallets, customized crates, and wood assemblies. With 28 years of experience in wood packaging, Chris provides knowledge as the subject matter expert for wood materials. Chris has graduated from the North Carolina State University.

Dr. Kevin Landmark

Dr. Landmark is a subject matter expert for anti-corrosion solutions. Dr. Landmark received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Physics with a focus on nano-materials from the University of Michigan. He has developed an extensive knowledge of anti-corrosion packaging though his work at Northern Technologies International Corporation.

David Lester

David Lester has an extensive background in Automotive Packaging. He has worked a decade at Yazaki Corporation where he engineered the packaging for global automotive parts such a wire harnesses, instruments and connector parts. He then transitioned into the lead packaging role at Magna Decostar where he developed packaging concepts and strategies for high end OEM Class A body panels such as bumpers. In this role, he designed expendable as well as returnable packaging concept, developed packaging optimization strategies for of shaped parts and racking designs. With his new role at Yamaha Motor, David is leading the packaging strategies, developments and designs for Road and Off road- , Dirt -, Water- Vehicles as well as Golf and Snow Carts.

Mike Costello

Mike Costello has been working in the automotive packaging industry for the last 12 years in various roles from Toyota Packaging Specialist to Senior Program Manager at PakFab Engineered Solutions. He has been primarily focused on returnable packaging and new model launches during his career. Although, he applies his past experiences from internships while at Michigan State University and working at The Royal Group when it is needed for expendable packaging. He enjoys traveling to manufacturing facilities across the USA, Mexico and Canada to see first hand the different packaging and manufacturing methods used across a wide range of automotive suppliers and using these experiences to improve future packaging development. Mike contributes to the ongoing learning within the packaging industry through various, mentorships, training and information sharing with packaging students and industry professionals.

Bianca Hurley

Bianca Hurley is the Director of Automotive for The Packaging School. She is the Subject Matter Expert for automotive and industrial packaging. She has worked in the automotive industry for the last 2 decades. In her role at BMW she led all aftersales packaging activities at BMW Manufacturing and acted a liaison for BMW AG and NA for all North and South America sourced service parts. In this role, she developed expendable and returnable packaging designs for new model parts as well as out of production and classic parts including sheet metal-, class A-, hazmat-, high runners-, engine- and electronic parts. Bianca holds a Masters Degree from Clemson University in packaging and received her packaging engineering degree from Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany.

Camille Chism, CPPL

Camille Chism is currently the Owner and Principal of Indigo Packaging and Consulting, LLC. She is a course instructor for IOPP and the University of Akron. Camille has worked in packaging, material handling, and lean manufacturing at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. She has gained professional experiences in supply chain management working at Tier 1 supplier Johnson Controls where she developed standards for the returnable container management and engineered the packaging for automotive parts.

9 Courses | 21 Hours | 2 CEUs

Download Course Catalog

What is the Tuition for the
Automotive Packaging Certificate?


Tuition Price


9 monthly payments

Read What Our Alumni Have to say!

Network With
Professionals in Your Field

The Apex of
Automotive Packaging

Are you in the automotive packaging industry? Since 2017, we’ve helped gather knowledge leaders for a unique event called the Automotive Packaging Summit. Over 250 automotive packaging professionals from OEMs, Tier 1 part suppliers, and packaging solution providers have gathered in South Carolina to discuss common industry hurdles and solutions. The goal is to support both the production and aftersales lifecycles of a global automotive industry.

Let's Talk

Have a question about The Automotive Packaging Certificate? Please take a moment to fill out the form, and one of our Packaging School educational specialists will reach out to you shortly.