Get Certified as a Print Buying Pro


Register for the Professional Print Production Certification Here!

Register for the Advanced Print Production Certification Here!

Register for the Digital & Variable Data Printing Certification Here!

Register for the Best Practices for Sustainability in Print Certification Here!


Benefits of Professional Certification:

  • Our certifications are self-study programs designed for the busy professional. Each program includes printed materials and self-study resources to aid in the completion of the pass/fail certification exam. Work at your own pace. You have a year to complete the course.
  • Expand your print buying knowledge and business acumen to increase efficiencies and cut costs wisely within your organization
  • Learn valuable skills to effectively manage all your business relationships with vendors and all industry partners
  • Protect your job, elevate your status and differentiate yourself as a certified print buyer among your peers and the competition

Why Become Certified? Why did PCPI create these professional certification programs?

Today, professional certification is available for almost every industry in the US. Nursing, accountancy, information technology training, aerobic instructing and engineering barely scratch the surface of the wide range of professions that offer voluntary certifications. PCPI recognized the lack of definitive standards of education designed specifically for print buyer professionals. PCPI has addressed this deficiency through the development of our certified training programs geared directly to major print media buyers and specifiers.

What are the benefits of PCPI Professional Certification?

At an individual level, there are many reasons to seek professional certification!

  • recognition of competency
  • influence job advancement
  • shows commitment to the profession
  • achievement of a career goal
  • credentials beneficial to performing his/her job
  • professional development/continuous improvement

Certification also provides a means to obtain timely and relevant information regarding issues and latest technologies which impact our industry. A certified professional distinguishes themselves as an individual who has attained a qualifying level of competency through the pursuit of education from those that have not.

At an industry level, PCPI is committed to the advancement of our profession by fostering a broader recognition of print buyer professionals as experienced and well-educated individuals.

Will your company recognize certification?

PCPI has developed communications to promote the recognition of certification within the industry by encouraging its members to develop a policy within their companies for supporting professional certification below. Certification helps employers evaluate potential new hires, analyze job performance and motivate employees to enhance their skills and knowledge. More specifically, our programs teach participants to work with their suppliers more efficiently and ultimately save buying companies time and money through better return on investment (ROI) with their print campaigns. Like the decision to become certified, the methods individual companies may choose to formally recognize a PCPI certification status is a decision that each company will make.