MPP FAQs

MPP FAQs
  1. What does MPP stand for?
    Manager of Plastics Processing – an educational program designed for professionals in the plastics manufacturing industry.
  2. How does the program work?
    Earning a MPP certificate requires no specific educational background or previous training. Individuals begin the program by registering. The certificate is awarded after successful completion of all required courses listed in the certificate program. Some courses may be offered online. However, the majority of courses are held in person at sites throughout North Carolina, in particular the Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte areas.
  3. Which courses may I apply to the MPP certificate program?
    Only courses listed in the program apply to the MPP certificate program. There are no equivalent courses or test-out options that may be applied as a substitute for any course. To receive program credit, MPP participants must demonstrate proof of attendance by submitting their certificate of completion, provided by the course facilitator, to the MPP program sponsor.
  4. What if I took some required courses previously?
    Applicable courses may be counted toward MPP credit if they have been completed within five years of registering for the program.
  5. What is the cost?
    In addition to standard course registration fees, the Injection Molding MPP certificate program cost is $199. An additional $49 fee will apply for participants seeking an Advanced Injection Molding MPP certificate. These fees cover MPP program administrative costs, as well as preparation and delivery of MPP plaques.
  6. Will class registration fees change once enrolled in the program?
    Class and course registration fees are subject to change.
  7. How am I accepted into the program?
    To apply for the MPP program, you must complete the free registration form. Upon submission of your registration, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail detailing further program information and instructions.
  8. How soon may I complete the program?
    Please refer to course descriptions for dates and locations provided by course program sponsors. Courses are offered year-round — some are offered several times each year — at various locations.
  9. May I complete the MPP program online?
    While certain courses may be offered online, many of the MPP-required courses are hands-on and require interaction that cannot be adequately achieved online. Please refer to the MPP class requirements page to learn more about the required courses.
  10. Who maintains a record of which courses I have taken?
    Upon receipt of a participant’s program registration, the program sponsor will send a MPP certificate log. As courses are completed, participants can use the log to document their progress, and then submit the course certificates of attendance to mpp_certificate@ncsu.edu.
  11. What happens when I have completed all of the necessary courses?
    After participants submit all course records and the program sponsor has verified them, they will be sent a web link where the $199 program and/or $49 filing fees may be paid. Once paid, the program will produce a framed MPP certificate bearing the participant’s name and completion date. The certificate will be presented either during class or shipped directly to the recipient. Certificate recipients are given an opportunity to provide a supervisor’s name and contact information so an announcement describing their accomplishment may be sent. The program sponsor will also prepare a press release that may be submitted to a company newsletter or local media.
  12. What’s the difference between a certificate program and a certification program?
    The Manager of Plastics Processing certificate program DOES NOT issue an official certification of the plastics processing discipline and does not certify that an individual is qualified to practice in a particular area. The program sponsors recognize that this is typically the responsibility of professional organizations formed to set and maintain such standards. These professional organizations typically require individuals to meet specific academic and experience requirements, and to achieve a passing mark on written and/or oral examinations. The MPP certificate program is designed to serve individuals needing to stay current in the workplace or those who find themselves responsible for processing plastics who may not have the necessary training or experience in that area.
  13. Is there a Plastics Processing Governing Board or professional organization?
    No, there is no governing board that is directly associated with plastics processing.
  14. What financial resources are available to cover the cost of the program?
    Each participant has the responsibility to secure financial resources to cover the cost of their course enrollment and participation. However, many companies and organizations may have financial resources to help employees meet professional goals. The program sponsor encourages all participants to educate their supervisor about program registration and payment guidelines. If help is needed in initiating the conversation, we can provide you with an editable justification letter template. This editable, sample letter can help start a conversation with the employee’s company and/or supervisor.  In addition, other local resources and organizations similar to NCWORKS may offer grants and additional financial resources to assist in covering the costs associated with the certificate program.