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Mailpiece Design Consultant (MDC) Certification

October 18 @ 1:00 pm - October 20 @ 3:45 pm

Mail Systems Management, LLC will present, “Mailpiece Design Consultant (MDC) Certification workshop via ZOOM for three consecutive days,

Tue 10/18/22 and Wed 10/19/22 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm- EDT and Thu 10/20/22 from 1:30pm to 3:45pm- EDT. The 10/20/22 session will include a “Postal Update” presentation by Leo Raymond of Mailers Hub starting at 3:00pm-EDT.

Mailpiece Design Certification
Obtaining certification in understanding and designing mail for automation is essential for mailers to get their mail accepted, receive Postal discounts and speed mail delivery for themselves and their customers. PICA will be providing a two-day virtual classroom program with an open book exam for certification as a Mailpiece Design Consultant (MDC).
Who Should Attend?
  • Those who need recertification*      
  • Those responsible for mail processing
  • CSRs who interface with clients that mail
  • Graphic Designers
  • Salespeople – to provide their customers with mailing advice
Learning Objectives
  • Learn the basics of mailpiece design and what is required for automation postage discounts and faster processing through the USPS.
  • Find out “WHAT NOT TO DO” to prevent your mail from being rejected, returned or damaged.
  • Find out where to go for help for questions, design support and apply the correct postage.
  • Find out how your company can reap the benefits of Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) with Informed Delivery and Informed Visibility.
  • Find out about the latest changes to the USPS rates, regulations, and how to keep up to date.
The MDC is a written, open book paper exam that will be given online after the training is completed. There is HOMEWORK. To help you prepare, a PDF study guide and sample test questions will be sent to you upon registration. So, register early to ensure you have your materials in a timely manner. 
When registering for the program, attendees will be registered for the MDC exam. The results of the online exam will be given via email along with a certificate. Because the exam is open book, the passing grade is 90%. The test can be taken online one additional time at no additional cost. 
* The MDC certification is good for two years.
Non Member Cost: $345
Special Guest
Leo Raymond, Managing Director of Mailers Hub (a PICA partner) will be on board to present, “What’s Happening Now and What’s Coming Up within the USPS”.

James (Jim) C. Barlow, Jr., CMDSM, EMCM, MDP, MDC, President/Principal Consultant for Mail Systems Management, LLC. Jim has a diverse business background with over 25 years in the mailing and printing industries.  He is an experienced leader with accomplishments in executive management, marketing, sales, finance, and production solving business problems to promote growth, reduce costs, and increase profits. His mail services engagements span a diverse group of business sectors including 13 years supporting outsourced management offerings for Xerox Global Services. Jim is a MSMA Certified Mail and Distribution Systems Manager (CMDSM), a USPS Executive Mail Center Manager (EMCM), a USPS Mail Design Professional (MDP) and a MSMA Mailpiece Design Consultant (MDC). 
He is a highly rated speaker and frequently presents at the National Postal Forum, MailCom, and Postal Customer Council Education Seminars. In addition, Jim is Past-President of the Washington Metro Chapter of the MSMA, Past Industry Chairman and Past Industry Chairman for the Greater Baltimore Postal Customer Council, a member of Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic (PGAMA) and approved consultant for Mailers Hub.
This MDC certification is offered in partnership with the Mail Systems Management Association (MSMA), a national organization contributing to the advancement of the mailing industry through education. The coveted MDC certification provides recognition that the individual has achieved the highest level of education and understanding in mailpiece design. Upon a successful passing grade, they receive a certificate of achievement, and their name appears in the MAMA National Directory of MDCs. The MDC designation will tell your colleagues and customers of your proven education and achievement as a Mailpiece Design Consultant.


October 18 @ 1:00 pm
October 20 @ 3:45 pm


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