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The Polyurethane Professional Development Program

CPI's Education Center has been offering the Professional Development Program (PDP) for two decades. This program is designed for both experienced professionals and newcomers in the polyurethane industry. The PDP programs offers an extensive range of courses covering topics relevant to technical and non-technical experts.

The PDP courses are taught by industry-leading experts and cover introductory, advanced, and specialized topics.

Professional Development Program Class

Who Should Attend?

  • Suppliers
  • Producers
  • Chemical & Equipment Distributors
  • Manufacturers
  • Marketing Professionals

Courses & Instructors

The Professional Development Program is a hybrid program that offers virtual and in-person courses. The virtual portion of the PDP will begin in September. In-person courses will be held concurrently with the Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

Please note:
  • In-person PDP attendees MUST be registered to the CPI Technical Conference.
  • The in-person PDP package includes access to virtual PDP courses.
  • All virtual courses will be held from 11 am – 1:00 pm ET.
PU 100: Introduction to the Polyurethane Industry

Course Date: September 3, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors: Yonghui Zhang, Dow

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PU 101: Polyurethane Chemistry

Course Date: September 29, 2024

Format:  In-Person

Instructors: Brandon Parks, Covestro, Mike Jeffries, Covestro

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PU 102A: Flexible Polyurethane Foam Market Overview

Course Date: September 30, 2024

Format: In-Person

Instructors: Chris Thiede, Dow

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PU 102B: Rigid Polyurethane Foam Market Overview

Course Date: September 10, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors: Fernand Saad, BASF

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PU 104A: Polyurethane Adhesives & Sealants

Course Date: September 30, 2024

Format: In-Person

Instructors: Tom Willumstad, Dow, Bindu Krishan, Dow

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PU 104B: Polyurethane Coatings and Elastomers

Course Date: October 1, 2024

Format: In-Person

Instructors: Steven Reinstadtler, Covestro

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PU 105: Introduction to Polyurethane Processing & Equipment

Course Date:  September 30, 2024

Format:  In-Person

Instructors: John Tolley, Hennecke, Andrea Bartolini, Cannon

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PU 106: Introduction to Composites

Course Date: October 1, 2024

Format:  In-Person

Instructors: Andrea Bartolini, Cannon, Kevin Meyer, Dow

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PU 107: Introduction to Surfactants, Catalysts and Additives

Course Date: September 5, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors: Theo Diplas, Repi, Tim Miller, Evonik

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** NEW PU 108: Battery Assembly Materials for Electric Vehicles**

Course Date: September 17, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors: Praveen Agarwal, BASF and Elias Shakour, Dow

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PU 201: Polyurethane Raw Materials Testing, Specifications and Performance: "The Myth and the Magic"

Course Date: September 12, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors: David Mullen, Rubicon, Randy Myrabo, BASF

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PU 204: Physical Testing of Polyurethane

Course Date: September 19, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors: Lisa Marcolina, BASF

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PU 205: Enabling Circular Economy for Plastics: Tools to Help Close the Loop

Course Date: September 24, 2024

Format: Virtual

Instructors:  Mohamed Bouguettaya, BASF, Bruce Uhlman, BASF

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