We are pleased to offer educational programs that specialize in training the employees of our target industries. We offer many continuing-ed webinars throughout the year. And, we offer various short courses: these are classes that last 2-3 days and focus on pallet, container, and unit load design. These courses are taught by educational professionals with close ties to the industry. In-person courses also include tours of our state-of-the-art laboratories. We are always in the process of developing special programs to fit specific educational needs. Feel free to contact us to find out more!
White Papers are publicly offered research articles and presentations that CPULD has published over the years. They contain compilations of data from the studies that we have conducted on packaging: its sustainability, reusability and design; pallets: their manufacture, testing, and design; and unit loads: its research and design. Additional articles are added as they are published, so check out our White Papers for more information regarding these topics and more!
We offer a Distribution Packaging Internship Program (DPIP) here at CPULD. This program selects the best students – based on their academic performance, professionalism, and personal skills – and gives them more in-depth training which will better prepare them for a future job in the industry. Through this internship, they are expected to work as a laboratory technician for a full year, as well as take specialized coursework. Students who graduate from DPIP will make excellent industry employees!
We have learned a lot throughout our decades of wood products research and we can now offer that knowledge to you. Here in the FAQs section is offered a wealth of information regarding wood products in simple question/answer format. Whether you’re wondering about “the proper moisture content in wood products,” “what the International Phytosanitation Regulations are,” “how to get rid of insects,” or even “how to make pallets fire resistant” you can find the answers on our Frequently Asked Questions page!
If you are looking for a creative, interesting, and always changing field, then you are needed in Packaging Systems and Design. Packaging design includes many different aspects of the use of sustainable materials and biomaterials in packaging for transportation, storage, and delivery of products. The development of sustainable, green packaging and understanding of the recycling and re-use of packaging materials is critical both to the environment as well as business economics.
CPULD and SBIO are in the process of developing a M.S. in Sustainable Packaging. This is a professional degree that specifically targets industry professionals who would like to expand their education. Many of today's leading industry companies have a strong focus on sustainability, so you might know somebody who would like to be included in the stakeholder group who will be advising us on degree development. The goal is to help us make sure that the skillsets that we will provide to the students is something that is needed in the industry.