Accredited, comprehensive training for the Injection Molding Industry


Why wouldn’t you hold your employees’ education to the same standard as your manufacturing operations?
An ANAB accreditation is to a certificate program what an ISO certification is to a manufacturing operations. Especially for life and health critical industries, the training you choose matters more.

What is the PTE Program?

The Plastics Technology and Engineering (PTE) Certificate Program was developed to bridge the knowledge gap between university education and professional experience. It is the most comprehensive plastics education available outside of a university setting.

PTE students can complete the program in under one year with minimal time away from the office.

The PTE Program was founded by Professor John Beaumont, who helped develop and chaired the Plastics Engineering Technology program at Penn State Behrend. With Beaumont as head instructor, the roster also includes renowned plastics professionals Michael Sepe and John Bozzelli, and AIM Director David Hoffman.


What does the program cover?

The PTE Program was designed around the four key disciplines of the injection molding process: plastic materials, mold design, injection molding processing, and part design. The program is grounded in the philosophy that no matter the job function within the plastics industry, it is imperative to understand each of these disciplines.

Through the course of this program, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the highly complex interrelationship of these disciplines and their combined influences on a final molded part.

How is the program structured?

Students complete four, week-long courses at the AIM Institute: Plastic Materials, Mold Design & Engineering, Injection Molding, and Part Design. 

Detailed descriptions and learning objectives for the topics covered in each course can be found here.

Each course is followed by eight-to-ten weeks of online reviews with AIM’s instructor team. After students complete each course and its subsequent reviews, they are tested on the material they learned before they move on to the next subject.

The program was designed to be completed in less than one year, and we offer flexibility for students needing additional time to complete the program.

Students who successfully pass each of the four tests are awarded an accredited Plastics Technology and Engineering Certificate recognizing their achievement.

Who should attend?

PTE students come to the AIM Institute with a wide range of experience and seniority, and have included engineers and managers from all functional areas in the industry as well as quality personnel, senior level technicians, mold makers, and designers.

Companies whose employees have completed the PTE program have reported vast improvements in all aspects of their product development, manufacturing, and quality control.


“At Cepheid, nothing short of exceeding our customer’s expectation each and every time is considered acceptable. It takes world-class methods, behaviors, and practices from top-notch talented people to achieve those types of goals. The PTE Certificate Program from AIM has been a foundation of both the training plans and continuous improvement rigor we apply to our personnel development and our approaches to design, development, and validation of injection molded components.”
-Patrick Kippes, Director – Component and Tooling Engineering, Cepheid

Is the PTE Program accredited?

Yes, the program is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the largest accreditation body in North America.

AIM achieving and maintaining accreditation requires a substantial commitment to meet the strict ANSI/ASTM E2659 standards. We have made this commitment because accreditation is an essential part of providing high-value education and training, as well as an exceptional student experience. In fact, over 80% of people we surveyed stated that they place a higher value on educational providers who have a formal third-party accreditation.

The PTE Program is the first program in the plastics industry to pursue and achieve this designation.

The only other ANAB-Accredited programs are also at AIM: our Molders’ Series programs.

We also employ an Advisory Board consisting of plastic industry leaders and experts from over 25 companies. This ensures the PTE Program delivers the subject matter expertise accurately and in a manner most beneficial for our industry.

What does the PTE Program cost?

The PTE Program is $12,400 per student. This includes:

– Over 220 hours of education
– 160+ on-site instructional hours PLUS weekly online instructor reviews
– All course materials
– Proprietary lessons and course books
– Calculators, pens, pencils, etc…
– Daily breakfast and lunch
– Graduation package including framed Plastics Technology and Engineering Certificate

There may be grant funding available to help you pay for the PTE Program. Learn more.

How do I enroll?

All potential PTE students begin by taking our Enrollment Evaluation. This evaluation measures current knowledge and skills directly related to the program and helps determine if the program is an ideal fit.

AIM’s Director, David Hoffman, personally reviews the results of the evaluation with you and provides guidance for how you can best prepare for and be successful in the program.

*Please note that all courses and exams are presented in English. Students should be fluent in understanding, reading, and writing English.

**Due to COVID-19, capacity for all in-person courses has been reduced. As such, payment for all in-person courses must be received prior to the start of the course.

Next Available Enrollment Classes

PTE Enrollment Class 21
– February 22-26, 2021: Plastic Materials

– May 3-7, 2021: Mold Design & Engineering
– July 12-16, 2021: Injection Molding
– September 13-17, 2021: Part Design

PTE Enrollment Class 22 SOLD OUT! 
– June 14-18, 2021: Plastic Materials

– August 23-27, 2021: Mold Design & Engineering
– October 18-22, 2021: Injection Molding
– December 13-17, 2021: Part Design

PTE Enrollment Class 23 SOLD OUT!
– October 4-8, 2021: Plastic Materials

– December 6-10, 2021: Mold Design & Engineering
– February 7-11, 2022: Injection Molding
– April 4-8, 2022: Part Design

PTE Enrollment Class 24
-February 21-25, 2022: Plastic Materials

-May 2-6, 2022: Mold Design & Engineering
-July 11-15, 2022: Injection Molding
-September 12-16, 2022: Part Design

PTE Enrollment Class 25
-June 6-10, 2022: Plastic Materials

-August 22-26, 2022: Mold Design & Engineering
-October 24-28, 2022: Injection Molding
-January 9-13, 2023: Part Design

PTE Enrollment Class 26
-November 14-18, 2022: Plastic Materials

-January 30-February 3, 2023: Mold Design & Engineering
-April 10-April 14, 2023: Injection Molding
-June 5-June 9, 2023: Part Design

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