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Training Programs

Industry Training

Our programs offer the best hands-on training experiences, using state-of-the-art labs, equipment and software. All of the courses you see here are customizable to fit your business's specific needs.

SEMINARS blend classroom learning with hands-on experience. WORKSHOPS provide more intense hands-on learning in smaller groups.

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Online Courses

Intro to Prepress Online

Intro to Prepress Online

We've brought the Intro to Prepress Workshop online with a series of eight live sessions!

Intro to Flexo Online

Intro to Flexo Online

Now online, our popular Intro to Flexo Workshop is geared toward individuals in need of fundamental knowledge of the flexographic printing process.

Introducción a la Flexografía Online

Introducción a la Flexografía Online

Ahora en línea, el popular Taller de introducción a la flexografía está dirigido a personas que necesitan un conocimiento básico fundamental del proceso de impresión flexográfica.

Sustainable Packaging Design Workshop

Sustainable Packaging Design Workshop

This workshop is a packaging primer that covers designing sustainably in a circular economy.

Introductory Courses

Recycling 101 Seminar

Recycling 101 Seminar

Recycling 101 aims to provide a baseline understanding for those in the packaging industry eager to learn more about recycling and sustainable packaging.

Corrugated Packaging Seminar

Corrugated Packaging Seminar

This seminar provides a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of Corrugated Packaging Technologies. On completing this program, attendees will be equipped to make valuable contributions to critical packaging decisions.

Nov. 9-10, 2022. Enroll Now!
Flexo Foundations Seminar

Flexo Foundations Seminar

This two-day seminar is designed as an introduction to flexography, suitable for anyone involved in the flexo industry including sales, customer service, administration, marketing, etc.

Paperboard Packaging Seminar

Paperboard Packaging Seminar

This seminar provides a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of Paperboard Packaging Technologies. Upon completing this program, attendees will be equipped to make valuable contributions to critical packaging decisions.

October 12-13, 2022. Enroll Now!

Intermediate Courses

Intro to Flexo Workshop

Intro to Flexo Workshop

This class is geared towards individuals in need of fundamental knowledge of the flexographic printing process. The class is taught mixing hands-on training and formal instruction in a flexo printing environment.

Aug. 23-25, 2022. Enroll Now!
Intro to Prepress Workshop

Intro to Prepress Workshop

New to printing? Designing for print? This three-day workshop is geared towards graphic designers and graphic artists that are either working as prepress operators or designing for print.

Advanced Courses

Advanced Techniques in Flexography Workshop

Advanced Techniques in Flexography Workshop

This class is geared towards individuals wishing to expand their present knowledge of the flexographic process. Emphasis is placed on optimizing the printing of tone work and process color reproductions.

Screening and Plate Optimization for Flexo Seminar

Screening and Plate Optimization for Flexo Seminar


We have revamped the Screening and Plate Optimization for Flexo seminar to give you a behind-the-scenes look at optimizing all of the variables in the plate selection process.

Process Control for Flexography Seminar

Process Control for Flexography Seminar

This exciting new seminar examines the practices and tools required to maintain process control for flexographic print. Attendees will go hands-on during all stages of the process - digital prepress, platemaking, ink mixing, press setup and print analysis.

Proofing and Visualization Seminar

Proofing and Visualization Seminar

This brand new, two-and-a-half-day seminar explores the current state of proofing and prototyping capabilities while getting hands-on with the latest hardware and software technologies available.

Specialty Courses

Brand Packaging Seminar

Brand Packaging Seminar

The Sonoco Institute has partnered with Clemson's Erwin Center for Brand Communications to offer a seminar for brands and their suppliers.

Expanded Color Gamut Seminar

Expanded Color Gamut Seminar

This seminar uses state-of-the-art software, color management and production flexographic equipment to allow attendees to put their hands on the ECG process workflow while engaging with industry experts.

Process Color Management Seminar

Process Color Management Seminar

This two-and-a-half-day seminar builds on proven methods and incorporates current trends and processes for CMYK color reproduction.

Customized Courses

Customized Courses

Customized Courses

Any of the courses above can be customized to fit your business's specific needs.

The Sonoco Institute also offers consulting and audits, as well as on-site training. Find out more.

Past Participants

Sealed Air, WestRock, ESKO, Anderson and Vreeland Inc, Graphic Packaging International Avery Dennison, Adlam Films, amcor, Flint Group, Du Pont MacDermid, P&G, sappi, CTS Industries, Malnove Packaging and Packaging Sources Phoseon Technology, Greif Packagin Success Together, Southern Champion Tray, Bedford, CCL
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