The Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management

Are you ready to take the fast-track to packaging expertise?

The CMPM provides a structured approach to deliver thought leadership in the space of packaging development, material procurement, and organizational management. The online, interactive teaching series guides organization leaders through a process of designing effective packaging systems. The teachings enable students to realize their creativity, actualize cost-savings for their company, and develop complete packaging systems.

Alumni Network

Alumni include procurement managers, CEOs, graphic designers, brand managers, packaging engineers, VPs of sales, product development managers, and process improvement personnel.

“The CMPM taught me all the basics of packaging and updated me on new innovations.” - Umang Kumar, Executive, Umang Packers
“I am now able to approach every packaging project with more confidence.” - TJ Lenz, Packaging Technologist, Masters Gallery Foods
“The flexibility of the online program was perfect for my busy schedule.” - Corey Tilley, Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing, Novolex
“I am now regarded as having knowledge of the design field AND what looks good and functions well in the whole packaging supply chain.”  - Kaitlyn Zinn, Graphic Designer, Georgia Pacific
“The courses were very detailed and covered virtually every aspect of packaging types and processes.” - Christopher Small, Packaging Engineer, Blue Buffalo


Offered by the world renowned Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning and facilitated by, the CMPM showcases the latest technologies accelerating the packaging field. Led by PhDs and experienced practitioners of packaging, students learn from the best. 

The CMPM is a twelve-week, 100% online program that teaches ten subjects:

  1. The Global Competitive Landscape
  2. Project Management Essentials
  3. Packaging Regulations and Corporate Sustainability
  4. Material Management I
  5. Material Management II
  6. Package Labeling and Finishing
  7. Packaging Development Workflow
  8. Capital Equipment and Manufacturing
  9. Logistics and Supply Chain Management 
  10. Leveraging Human Factors in Packaging

Over the duration of one business quarter, students complete ten online courses and a packaging development plan, which applies the teachings of the courses to a current work project. Students are given seven days to complete each online course, and are expected to stick to the schedule of their cohort. There is minimum flexibility with this program as the assignments build on prior knowledge. The lessons within each course are on-demand, which means students can log in and learn at the time that best suits their schedule.

Next Class

DATES: July 9 - September 29, 2018

TUITION: $7,000 - Many companies offer reimbursement, ask us for details.

TIME: The program takes between 60 and 72 hours to complete in full. Each week of the CMPM requires approximately five hours of screen time.

REQUIREMENTS: Admission is by application only.

DEADLINES: Apply before June 8, 2018.

QUESTIONS:  Contact Student Services at 864-986-3033 or

The application requests your basic information and three short answer questions. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

“The only way that we can make ourselves more competitive and more marketable is superior knowledge and training.” - Nan Johnston, Director, Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning

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