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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.


Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Training Program
February 20 - Chicago Area








ISTA will be offering a one and one-half day Responsible Packaging by Design Training Program on February 20, 2013, with a Professional Certificate for people who are interested in learning how to implement the process in their company. A full day in-person session will be conducted followed by a half day web meeting at a later date.

Whether seeking to test the waters, training to implement the program, or 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.

For more information on the Responsible Packaging by Design Guide, click here. If you have specific questions regarding the training, please contact Larry Dull at

Member: $1,125
Non Member: $1,275

Chicago/O’Hare Airport Area

A minimum of 3 attendees will be required to hold the training. ISTA may re-schedule the training date if three or more attendees are not registered by February 8, 2013. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lisa Bonsignore at

ISTA’s TransPack Forum is the most well attended educational event providing the latest ideas and advancements of responsible transport packaging and the physical distribution of products. The international educational and networking advantages are superior!

The Forum provides attendees with quality presentations and valuable case studies from world-leading experts along with opportunities to interact with industry peers to discuss critical issues, share solutions, gain ideas and ultimately become a more knowledgeable packaging professional.

The Forum has been developed for the seasoned professional or the newcomer and is the largest dedicated event for packaging and distribution professionals working in all areas of the industry.

The Forum is a great place to connect and network. The program is solid with packaging experts from around the world, and yes, you will walk away enlightened and definitely smarter but don’t underestimate the value of hallway conversations and informal exchanges you'll experience. The Forum is your best source for the recommendations you need and to learn new ways of doing business that apply to your world. The Forum brings us together and the Forum keeps us together.

Exhibiting Opportunity: Showcase your company’s products and services in an atmosphere that promotes business discussions by participating in the Forum Exhibitor’s Reception. Exhibiting at the Forum is a powerful, cost-effective and convenient way to target hundreds of packaging professionals.

Forum Bonus: Become an ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) while attending the Forum. Both levels will be offered.

Visit the Forum website now to learn more and to register!


Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25

Become an ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) while attending the Forum! Normally taken in a self-study format, the FORUM offers the opportunity for you to take the "live" version - in a classroom setting and with an experienced instructor.

Two levels of certification are available: both Technician and Technologist courses will be offered on Sunday (Technician 8:00 am to 12:30 pm; Technologist 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm). The certification exam will be held Monday from 8 am to Noon. Although the Workshop is open to everyone, the exam will be administered only to ISTA members.

There is an additional cost for these workshops and exam. Please click here for further details on the CPLP program. (Additional cost: $695 for one level, or $1250 for both levels).