IAPD University™

IAPD provides numerous training options for companies of all types and sizes. Companies with formal training programs use IAPD's educational resources to enhance their existing training offerings. Companies that don't have a training program in place use IAPD's programs to train their employees at a fraction of the cost of developing their own programs.

IAPD University™ encompasses IAPD's training and educational materials such as certificate programstechnical resources and e-training webinars. Many of these offerings are free online learning opportunities, giving participants the convenience to expand their plastics knowledge anywhere, anytime at no cost.

Brought to you by the IAPD Education Committee, IAPD University™ is the ideal way for newcomers and industry veterans to become subject matter experts, enhance their plastics career and become an indispensable asset to their company and customers. Check out everything IAPD University™ has to offer by clicking through the links below or contact IAPD staff with additional questions.


IAPD Performance Plastics Certificate Programs

IAPD is committed to educating its members, plastics professionals and end users about plastics through targeted training programs.

Performance Plastics Level I

Developed by the IAPD Education Committee, the IAPD Performance Plastics Certificate Level I exam is based on a broad understanding of the industry and is the best way to secure a solid foundation of performance plastics knowledge.

Whether you're a newcomer to plastics or a seasoned pro, the IAPD Performance Plastics Certificate Program educates and evaluates professionals in the plastics distribution industry by testing the basics of performance plastics including their physical properties, processes and common performance plastics materials.

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Performance Plastics Level II

The IAPD Performance Plastics Certificate Level II exam is an advanced program that puts all of the information gained in Level I to practical use with applications from a variety of markets. Level II challenges your technical knowledge, research skills and business acumen by evaluating your ability to help customers find real solutions.

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Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF)

The main objectives of the PVF Certificate Exam are to introduce the basic principles of industrial and commercial piping systems and describe how plastic materials of construction affect the applications and design of such systems. Industry newcomers and experienced personnel will benefit from the specific discussion of plastic materials, features and benefits of such materials as well as limitations and misapplications of such materials.

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IAPD Excellence in Sales Certificate Programs

Excellence in Sales Level I, the first tier of the program, addresses separately the unique roles of inside and outside sales professionals. Each course consists of an individual study guide and multiple-choice exam that you will refer to again and again.

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Excellence in Sales: Level II

This intermediate course is about correctly defining problems and devising effective solutions for them, using all of the resources of your company. To some extent, it is about what you do every day as you call on customers, help them solve their problems and help achieve the objectives of your company. However, you may find that you don’t do these things with the same structure that the course requires. Solving seven industry-based scenarios requires a thoughtful approach to a complete solution presented in the proper chronology.

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e-Training Webinars

IAPD e-training webinars are a convenient, quick and cost-effective way to educate IAPD members, plastics professionals and end users about the vast world of engineering plastics. Each presentation is one hour and allows companies to easily inform a target audience about an interesting topic they are knowledgeable on.

If you have an area of expertise that you would like to present via webinar, please contact Courtney Karr, IAPD's marketing and education manager to schedule your presentation.

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Plastics Technical Resources

IAPD offers numerous technical resources for industry professionals wanting to expand their plastics knowledge as well as end users, including engineers, designers, specifiers, OEMs and MROs, looking for more information about performance plastics and the markets where plastics are most prevalent. Many of IAPD's technical resources can be downloaded for free by logging into the website.

IAPD's plastics technical resources come in various forms such as PDF articles, informational charts, one-page documents and online e-training presentations and courses. Listed below are some of IAPD's most popular and useful plastics technical resources:

Plastics Technical Resources