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Mail Piece Design Consultant Certification

Virtual workshop to learn the ins and outs of production for USPS delivery.

VMA Partner Event – Mail Piece Design Consultant (MDC) Certification Virtual Workshop

This is an opportunity to become certified in designing mail for USPS mail automation. It includes the essential knowledge you need to get your mail accepted, to receive Postal discounts, and to speed up mail delivery

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the basics of mail piece design and what is required for automation postage discounts and faster processing through the U.S. Postal System. 
  • Find out “WHAT NOT TO DO” to prevent your mail from being rejected, returned, damaged or charged a costly penalty. 
  • Hear where to go for questions, design support and apply the correct postage. 
  • Discover how your company can reap the benefits of Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) tracing and tracking with Informed Delivery and Informed Visibility. 
  • Find out about how to keep up to date. 

Who Should Attend: 

  • Those who need recertification (valid for 2 years*) 
  • Those responsible for mail processing 
  • CSRs 
  • Graphic Designers 
  • Salespeople 
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This workshop also includes an open book exam for certification as a Mailpiece Design Consultant (MDC). Certification is valid for two years and aids in understanding and designing mail for automation. It also coaches mailers on how to achieve lower postage prices through automation design for themselves and their customers. 

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.  

When registering for the program, attendees will be pre-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.* 


James (Jim) C. Barlow, Jr. – CMDSM, EMCM, MDP, MDC, President/Principal Consultant for Mail Systems Management Consultants  

Jim is a seasoned manager and leader with a diverse business background and over 30 years in the mailing industry providing expertise, guidance and solutions to commercial printing and mailing companies as well as numerous mail service engagements including 13 years supporting outsourced management offerings for Xerox Global Services.   

Jim is a MSMA certified Mail and Distribution Systems Manager (CMDCM), a USPS Executive Mail Center Manager (EMCM), a USPS Mailpiece 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, MSMA Chapters and various USPS Postal Customer Council Education Seminars.  

In addition, he is Past-President and current Executive Board Member of the Washington Metro Chapter of the MSMA, Past Industry Chairman and current Executive Board member of the Greater Baltimore Postal Customer Council, Printing and Graphics Association of Mid-Atlantic (PGAMA) member and an approved consultant for Mailers Hub. 

Special Guest

Leo Raymond – Managing Director of Mailers Hub 
Leo will be presenting “What’s Happening Now and What’s Coming Up with the USPS” on the last day from 12PM-12:45PM.


The 2022 Session is Now Complete 

*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 MSMA National Directory of MDCs. The MDC designation will tell your colleagues and customers of your proven education and achievement as a Mailpiece Design Consultant.

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