Choices in Training and Education


TAPPI is dedicated to developing a technologically advanced workforce, and we understand that training needs are as various as the many industry segments we serve. That’s why TAPPI Academy offers the opportunity to acquire unsurpassed technical education and career enhancement through a variety of channels such as face-to-face courses, eLearning, company classrooms, and our new certificate program.


Each year, TAPPI and its partner associations host more than 25 face-to-face courses taught by highly-regarded subject matter experts. These introductory- to advanced-level courses provide instructional education throughout the wide range of forest products industry segments.

While some courses are held at TAPPI Headquarters in Peachtree Corners, GA, many are conducted in cities across the country. Many of these courses offer CEU/Professional Development credits, and the materials provided to attendees during the course are theirs to keep.


For flexible, on-demand learning opportunities, TAPPI provides more than 40 online courses that have either undergone a stringent peer review process by experts within the relevant field or have been developed by subject matter experts.

Many of our online courses are customizable and are available as site licenses as well as for individual use. Whether uploaded into a mill’s private LMS or viewed in a simple browser format, they allow for the training of operators, new hires, and other employees on-site, without the expense of travel.


TAPPI is proud to provide customized training courses spanning the entire pulp manufacturing, container manufacturing, and papermaking processes—all delivered right to a company’s doorstep. We can tailor courses to suit your company’s needs and audiences. One of our instructors will sit down with you to assess your training requirements, and will then create a curriculum that can cover everything from entry-level training to highly niche topics.


Our newest addition to the TAPPI Academy repertoire, the Professional Certificate Program has been developed by industry practitioners who understand the technical knowledge and experience required for superior performance. Designed to meet the needs of today’s competitive environments, earning a TAPPI Professional Certificate demonstrates the ability to manage industry demands with expertise.

Our first-available certificate exam covers information from the TAPPI Tissue 201: Operations and Runnability course. Earning a TAPPI Professional Certificate in Tissue Operations and Runnability ensures you have demonstrated competency in critical tissue manufacturing knowledge, including:

Understanding of the tissue making process and best practices for runnability and consistency;

Principles of wet end chemistry and furnish on tissue properties;

Procedures for cleaning and conditioning of felts and wires; and

Understanding how to troubleshoot common contributors to waste and downtime on the tissue machine.

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]. 

A TAPPI Professional Certificate in Tissue Operations and Runnability ensures you have demonstrated competency in critical tissue manufacturing knowledge.


In the May/June issue, we incorrectly identified two of the newest members on the TAPPI Board of Directors. Fernando Bertolucci, chief technology and innovation officer at Fibria Celulose and Jim Cooper, senior research scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, were elected to serve three-year terms as board directors. The TAPPI Board consists of the chair, vice chair, president/CEO, and nine directors who determine the policies and have general charge of the affairs of the association. 

Fernando Bertolucci, Fibria Celulose

Jim Cooper, The Dow Chemical Company