Classroom and Certificate Courses

GS1 US® classroom events are interactive professional development education sessions designed to help participants gain expertise in the principles and use of GS1 Standards. You can earn “GS1 Standards badges” for completing various GS1 US certificate courses and demonstrate your knowledge and credentials to peers, management, and prospective employers.

GS1 Foundations Certificate Course (Online)

Are you new to GS1 Standards or need a refresher? This online certificate training covers the foundational aspects of globally unique product identification and barcoding with GS1 Standards. Learn how to use your GS1 Company Prefix to create GS1 identifiers for products; build trade item hierarchies; and use the most common GS1 barcodes in accordance with industry best practices. You will also gain a basic understanding of the Package Measurement Rules and the GTIN Management Standard to help you apply GS1 Standards properly to your business processes.

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GS1 Fundamentals Certificate Course

Are you new to GS1 Standards or need a refresher? Join us for this one-day session to learn the fundamentals of GS1 Identifiers for products and locations. This course will also cover features and usage of GS1 barcodes, application identifiers (AI), which allow the barcode to carry additional information in it such as expiration date and batch/lot number, and Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCCs), which are used to identify cases, cartons, and pallets. Discover how to use your licensed GS1 Company Prefix and learn how GS1 Standards can help you identify products, improve business processes, and reduce costs.

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Package Measurement with GTIN Management Standard Certificate Course

Accurate data is an essential component of a visible, secure, and sustainable supply chain. Industry studies have shown that two-thirds of product information shared between trading partners has data accuracy errors. By attending, you will receive information and guidance on interpreting and applying the GS1 Package Measurement Rules for both consumer and non-consumer trade items, which form the foundation for accuracy of physical dimensional data (i.e., weights and dimensions). You'll also gain an understanding of the GTIN Management Standard, which forms the basis on whether or not a new GTIN needs to be assigned based on changes to an existing product, promotion, or new product introduction. An understanding of the rules is a "must have" for those that manage GTIN assignment to ensure that any scanned barcode can be associated with accurate, up-to-date data.

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GS1 Standards Certificate Course

Familiar with or have more than six months of experience using GS1 Standards? Join us for this course covering the GS1 General Specifications, which is the core standards document of the GS1 System. Our team of experts will be available to answer your questions on using the GS1 Standards and provide advice on how to improve supply chain efficiencies, cut costs, and improve relationships with your customers and trading partners.

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GS1 US Data Quality Workshop

In this workshop, GS1 US experts will guide you through the GS1 US National Data Quality Program including the necessary steps needed to establish or enhance a data quality program for your organization within a standards-based framework. Topics include guidance for starting a data governance program, an overview of the GS1 US National Data Quality Program, and a review of the pillars of an effective data quality framework. You will hear from industry experts (trading partners) throughout the workshop who will share their experience with the development and implementation of data governance programs within their organizations in preparation for the GS1 US National Data Quality Program.

This course will cover:

  • Understanding the GS1 US National Data Quality Program
  • Learning the Steps to Establish a Strong Data Governance Program Within Your Organization
  • Preparing for Data Quality Certification

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EDI Essentials Certificate Course

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) enables the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents between companies using a standard format, regardless of the kind of computer or software each company is using. With EDI, companies can conduct electronic commerce efficiently and accurately. Ensuring that the business application and EDI system are in-sync is key to ensuring a smooth-running operation. This course will help you understand what EDI is and how it relates to your overall company's well-being and trading partner relationships.

What you'll learn:
  • Why Use EDI?
  • Basic Aspects of the X12 Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • How to Implement an EDI Program
  • The Technology behind EDI (understanding how transaction sets, segments, and data elements are structured and the different types of data elements)
  • GS1 Standards in EDI 
  • EDI Supported Business Processes
  • Helpful EDI Tools (how to read a code list and implementation guide)

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Using GS1 Standards for UDI Compliance

You have the responsibility of managing Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements within your organization. With the goal of complying while also enhancing patient safety and supply chain efficiencies, UDI also represents a major opportunity for industry collaboration and the streamlining of business processes both internally and externally with your trading partners.

By attending the workshop, you will bring valuable UDI and standards knowledge back to your company and enhance your own professional development.

What you'll learn:
  • How to interpret labeling requirements – Will your existing barcode satisfy UDI requirements? Find out more about this and other labeling best practices.
  • The basics of UDI Terms – Add important acronyms to your vocabulary and use them fluently, like Global Trade Item Number (GTIN), application identifiers (AI), and Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).
  • The latest on GUDID activity – Learn what information has to be submitted to the GUDID and in what format.
  • How to use the GDSN – Learn why many healthcare companies are finding that synchronizing data via the Global Data Synchronization Network™ (GDSN®) is a valuable method to identify medical devices and share product attributes.
  • Who needs to be involved and why – Regulatory teams, supply chain teams, master data teams and more should be involved in UDI decision making. Learn the valuable roles everyone plays within your organization in UDI implementation and beyond.
  • Participant examples – Real world lessons learned will be shared and attendees will discuss with their peers how to apply standards to their own products and processes.

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Applying GS1 Standards for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)

This one day workshop is designed for manufacturers, wholesale distributors, and healthcare providers, as you prepare for the requirements of DSCSA. Phase 2 of DSCSA is just over a year away in November 2017, which requires that pharmaceutical products be marked with a National Drug Code (NDC)*, serial number, lot number, and expiration date in both machine-readable and human-readable format. The use of GS1 Identification Identifiers, Application Identifiers, and Data Carriers barcodes are covered in this workshop. In the GS1 System, the GS1 Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®) is used to represent the NDC.

What you'll learn:

  • GS1 System Overview
  • GS1 Data Carriers
  • Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS)
  • Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN®)
  • FDA DSCSA Overview and Milestones
  • Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®)
  • Identification, Construction, Assignment, Hierarchy, Allocation

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When you successfully complete a GS1 US Certificate Course, you can earn an important credential in the use of GS1 Standards. You can also add this new skill to your online resume with a GS1 US Badge and share it via social media.

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