Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course

St. Petersburg, Florida
Monday, January 10, 2022 to Thursday, January 13, 2022

This training event is among the highest rated of all TAPPI courses! Offers introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen. This course provides the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly. Learn from one of the most well-known and enthusiastic instructors, Dr. Michael Kocurek.

Join your peers marking this 48th year.

This four-day course delivers the most comprehensive introductory/intermediate overview available in the industry covering all of today's pulping and papermaking technology.

You can gain an in-depth overview of the entire pulp & paper mill’s major processes, including:

  • Wood & Fiber Raw Materials
  • Paper Mill Refining
  • Pulping
  • Pulp Processing, including Bleaching
  • Wet End Additives
  • Paper Machine Operations
  • Chemical Recovery Overview
  • Coating
  • Recycling
  • Environmental Control

Attendees learn more in this short course than at any other comparable training.  Review the detailed Course Schedule to see for yourself.

Interested in becoming a mill manager or superintendent?
This training can help you reach that goal by enabling you to think on a mill-wide basis.  

The curriculum is comprehensive, and covers everything from the incoming wood and chips, pulp mill operations, chemical recovery, recycling, stock prep, paper machine operations, pulp and paper quality, and environmental topics.

Learning Outcomes
TAPPI Fellow and Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Inductee, Dr. Michael Kocurek, is working alongside two additional expert instructors in delivering the curriculum.

They will help you:

  • Demonstrate overview knowledge of  mill operations, products, process variables, equipment, and terminology.
  • Describe examples of how one part of the mill affects another.
  • Explain the importance of thinking on a mill wide basis.
  • Discuss how the pulp and paper processes affect product properties and quality.

Evaluations after this course result in consistently high ratings for Dr. Kocurek and for the learning outcomes with 97 percent reporting that the training is good to excellent.

Huge Collection of Visuals
Dr. Kocurek presents a unique collection of more than 2,100, which includes the visuals from the new 4th Edition of the Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technology by Gary Smook, which we use as the course textbook.
The curriculum corresponds with every chapter within that book for enhanced learning.  You get to keep your course copy of "The Smook Book" as it's often called at the end of the course.

The total experience, plus the instructor's enthusiastic teaching style and knowledge of mill processes, has produced the result of the TAPPI Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology being its longest running short course and consistently one of TAPPI's highest ranked courses. 

Pre-Course Survey
Each year, this course is customized to each class of attendees, with diverse backgrounds and interests, using a pre-course survey.  Content and discussion time is adjusted to accommodate topics of interest to you. In short, you'll get answers to your specific pulp and papermaking questions.  

Questions not answered in class or the interaction sessions are referred to other industry experts.

The TAPPI Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology Course offers both introductory- and intermediate-level content covering technology, including “what” happens, and “why” things happen.

Introductory-Level Content (70%)
This course includes introductory-level topics that include:

  • Vocabulary and overviews of processes and technology
  • Equipment overviews and descriptions
  • Product properties and effects of processes 
  • Effects of one part of the mill on other parts
  • Environmental control

Intermediate-Level Content (30%)
This training presents various process variables, the “why things happen,” and provides a needed foundation for the advanced-level topics below.

Advanced-Level Content (0%)
The curriculum does not include process and equipment training in depth; process control, PID diagrams; mill-specific troubleshooting and optimization, runnability nor case studies, etc. These are topics for more advanced and specialized courses, but you'll gain the foundation for learning advanced topics more quickly.

Overall, You Will...

  • Gain a broad perspective by exploring the entire pulping and papermaking processes.
  • Get to meet and learn from Dr. Mike Kocurek, one of the industry's leading instructors.
  • Increase your ability to contribute to improving mill operations.
  • Get personalized answers to specific questions and operating problems.
  • Learn how to interact more knowledgeably with other mill personnel.

Who Attends?
Attendees are a mix of new industry and new position people from mills, suppliers corporate, and organizations.  They attend for a number of reasons, including:

  • Gain an overview of the entire mill, plus specific areas of interest
  • Refresh technical knowledge
  • Think on a mill-wide basis
  • Better understand the effects of P&P processes on product quality


A Copy of the "Smook Book"
Included with your course fee is a copy of the valuable reference manual called the "Smook Book" or specifically titled, The Handbook for Pulp and Paper Technologists by Gary Smook.  Thirteen years in the making, this manual is considered the must-have book for professionals in the pulp and paper industry and widely used by P&P companies, colleges and universities because it includes hundres of illustrations, charts and tables.

The Professional Certificate
Included with the course fee is the exam where you can earn the newly developed TAPPI Professional Certificate for the Introduction to Pulp and Paper.  This certificate exam assesses competence in the areas covered in this course and demonstrates you are ready to capably manage your industry’s demands.

Earning this certificate with a score of 80% or higher demonstrates you have gained significant introductory-to-intermediate knowledge of pulping and papermaking technology. 

Your Notebook and a Flash Drive
You will receive a course notebook that includes more than 2,000 visuals, charts and diagrams.  A flash drive will also be presented to attendees that includes the visuals and information in color for your use back at the mill.

Professional Development Credits
You will earn 26 professional development hours or 2.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completion of this course.  TAPPI's Professional Development department has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

TAPPI Members receive discounted rates for this course.
If you're not a member yet, we want you to join us!


TAPPI event organizers are implementing safety guidelines and protocols that are applied to all TAPPI conferences, symposiums and training events.  

View this short video for an overview of TAPPI safety protocols. 

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Read what another previous attendee wrote in a blog for about what he learned in this course!

Need Custom Training on this Topic?

The content for this course can be tailored specifically to your company's needs and delivered by a TAPPI instructor onsite at your location or as virtual and blended learning formats.
With TAPPI Company Classroom, we’ll work with you to determine your training needs and develop a curriculum to match your objectives.
Contact us to get started.

2021 Training Guide

Review the new 2021 Training Guide to learn more about the broad range of technical training resources available from the TAPPI Academy.

Dr. Michael J. Kocurek, Course Chair
Professor Emeritus of Paper Science & Engineering,
North Carolina State University

Dr. Michael J. Kocurek is one of the world's most recognized and honored educators in the pulp and paper industry. His focus is on pulp and paper technology, linerboard manufacture, tissue manufacture, paper properties, and workforce and professional development.

Dr. Kocurek has taught this content and other pulp and paper courses for 52 years to many thousands of students, to industry technical and non-technical professionals, and to pulp and paper mill operators. His industry knowledge is enhanced by his experiences in teaching more than 200 company classroom sessions at more than 150 mills. 

He also has developed seven distance e-learning P&P technical courses under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at Coastal Alabama.

Dr. Kocurek has taught TAPPI's oldest and highly ranked short course on Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology for 46 years. He is the editor of 11 books, including the recognized Pulp and Paper Manufacture series covering the entire field of pulp & paper. He has authored/co-authored 25 video publications, including the Introduction to Pulp & Paper series - again covering the entire field of pulp and paper.

He received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Syracuse University. He has served as Paper Science Department Head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founded; and NC State University. He has also served as Executive Director of the Herty Foundation, an authority agency of the State of Georgia. While at Herty, he oversaw a $27 million modernization of the laboratory, creating the largest pilot scale P&P and advanced fiber development center in the US.

His honors include TAPPI Fellow, TAPPI Distinguished Service Award, TAPPI Paper and Board Division Technical Achievement Award; and induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame - an honor bestowed to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the global paper industry.


Dr. Peter Hart,
Director, Fiber Science and Technology, WestRock

Dr. Hart has been with WestRock for more than 25 years, first working for Westvaco at its pulping and bleaching research center in Charleston, South Carolina.  From there, he moved to the Westvaco mill in Wickliffe, Kentucky as a production engineer in pulp, power and recovery.  After assisting with the due diligence associated with the purchase of the Temple Inland mill in Evadale, Texas, Dr. Hart moved to Texas as a technical assistant to the production manager. At the merger of Westvaco and Mead, he returned to research out of Chillicothe, Ohio. 

After several small group and senior individual contributor positions, Dr. Hart became the director of fiber science and technology for MWV, later to become WestRock. He currently serves as co-chair of the APPTI Next Generation Pulping Team and co-chair of the Black Liquor Concentration Team. He has been a TAPPI member for more than 35 years and has chaired the Brownstock Washing short course for more than 10 years. He has also presented in the Bleaching short course and won several technical awards from TAPPI.

Dr. Hart earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Technology, his M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine, and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Dr. D. Steven Keller
Dr. Keller is a Professor in the Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering at Miami University in Oxford, OH, appointed to the faculty in 2006. From 1996-2006 he was on the Faculty of Paper Science and Engineering at SUNY College of ESF and a group leader at the Empire State Paper Research Institute (ESPRI) in Syracuse, NY. He joined ESPRI in 1990 as a researcher. Dr. Keller received his B.S. in Chemistry from Syracuse University in 1980, and his Ph.D in Paper Physics from SUNY-ESF in 1996.

Dr. Keller’s research group specializes in measurement and characterization of structural properties and the mathematical analyses of heterogeneities.  He and his team have developed new methods for mapping thickness of fibrous structures, space-scale spectral analysis of formation for streak analysis, and methods for assessments of the manufacturing processes that contribute to the final material structure. He has co-authored 25 scientific articles, 25 conference papers, six chapters in the Transactions of the Fundamental Research Symposia (Oxford/Cambridge), and two book chapters.

Dr. Keller actively instructs courses in pulp and paper science that include introductory courses in pulp and paper science and engineer, paper properties, and paper coating. He also teaches upper division courses in wood chemistry, pulping chemistry, wet end chemistry and papermaking processes. He supervises the senior design papermaking project. Dr. Keller has led four, month-long study abroad workshops in Central Europe where 20 paper engineering students have visited 12 paper mills and equipment manufacturing facilities, and cultural sites in 16 cities and four countries. He has taught numerous industrial workshops and three TAPPI short courses. He is the current President of the Pulp and Paper Education and Research Alliance.

The 2017 recipient of the TAPPI Paper and Board Division Technical Award and Harris O. Ware Prize, he is a member of the, TAPPI, ACS, International Association of Scientific Papermakers, Sigma Xi Honorary Research Society, Society of Rheology and the Fiber Society. He served in the executive cycle for the TAPPI Paper Physics Committee, chaired and organized the 2002 Progress in Paper Physics Seminar and is on the editorial board of the journal BioResources and Wood and Fiber Science Journal.


A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Read what another previous attendee wrote in a blog for about what he learned in this course!

Earn 2.6 CEUs for completing this course!

Course Schedule
If you have questions about the Course Schedule, Dr. Kocurek, invites you to contact him directly.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Overview of the Industry

  • Industry trends, statistics and information sources

Wood and Fiber Raw Materials

  • Wood and fiber source
  • Differences between hardwoods and softwoods, and important fiber properties that affect paper properties

Preparation of Wood and Chips for Pulping

  • Woodyard operations including debarking, chipping, screening, storage, and recovery

Overview of Pulping

  • Primary categories, incl. chemicals and cooking conditions
  • General pulping terminology
  • Common pulp properties and tests

Kraft Pulping

  • Major types of equipment used in pulping
  • Overview of primary operations in the digesters
  • Major pulping variables
  • Overview of some major kraft pulping trends

Mechanical and Semi-Chemical Pulping

  • Primary mechanical pulping processes
  • Mechanical vs. chemical and hybrid pulp properties

Networking Hour with Refreshments

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pulp Processing

  • Overview of fiber line pulp processing including washing, screening and cleaning
  • Major equipment types and key operating variables


  • Bleaching processes, including oxygen delignification, chlorine dioxide, caustic extraction, peroxide, and other
  • Bleaching equipment, chemicals, and reactions
  • Trends and environmental issues


  • Categories of recycled paper and board
  • Types of contaminants with recycled paper and problem
  • Overview of different operations and equipment involved with contaminant removal

Chemical Recovery

  • Overview of the major recovery operations, including evaporation, combustion, and recausticizing
  • Composition and properties of black liquor and what happens in the evaporators and recovery unit
  • How pulping liquor is regenerated in recausticizing
  • Lime kiln operations at an overview level

8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Introductions to Paper Grades and Properties

  • Important paper and board properties and tests, including strength, optical and printing properties

Paper Mill Stock Preparation

  • Refining process, primary effects on fibers, and the effects of refining on paper machine operations and paper properties
  • Primary additives used in paper, including strength adhesives, pigments, sizing, and retention aids

Paper Machine Wet End Operations

  • Stock approach system operations prior to the paper machine
  • Main types of headboxes in papermaking and internal ops
  • Sheet forming process, slice operations, jet to wire effects, fiber orientation, formation, microturbulence, dewatering, and sheet structure variations
  • Sheet forming operations and paper properties
  • Forming fabrics, save alls
  • Twin wire gap formers, varieties, mechanisms of dewatering, and sheet structure


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • Types of press section configurations and press nip
  • What happens to the sheet during pressing
  • Pressing variables and trends


  • Overview of dryer can internal operations with steam and condensate, major water removal rate differences, major equipment & operating variables that affect rate of drying
  • How drying and sheet shrinkage affect paper and board properties; and the role of felts, draw, and sheet restraint
  • Overview of tissue machine yankee drying and creping

Calendering and Winding

  • Different types of calenders
  • Sheet properties, examination of major calendering variables
  • Winding and roll finishing operation overview

Surface Treatments

  • On machine size press operations, including equipment types and the variables that affect starch pick up in the size press
  • Primary components in a coating, including pigments, adhesives, and additive
  • Differences between roll, air knife, and blade coater
  • Coating drying, equipment and mechanism, supercalendering

Environmental Control

  • Overview of primary and secondary effluent treatment
  • Review of air & water environmental issues associated with the P&P processes

Mill Services

  • Steam Systems
  • Water Systems

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Read what another previous attendee wrote in a blog for about what he learned in this course!

Register before Dec. 10, 2021 for the best rates!


2022 Registration Rates
Dec 10, 2021

Dec 10, 2021

Individual Meeting Registration     
TAPPI Member Rate Per Person  $1,766 $2,840
Join or Renew and Save  $1,960 $3,035
Young Professional Under 30 - Join or Renew and Save  $1,896 $2,970
Non Member  $2,565  $4,483

Group Meeting Registration Per Person
(Groups are three or more people from the same location.)

TAPPI Member Rate Per Person  $1,307 $2,436
Join or Renew and Save Per Person $1,500 $2,630
Young Professional Under 30 - Join or Renew and Save  $1,440 $2,570
Non Member $1,965 $3,575


Payment Policy

TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course. Attendees paying by check will be registered for the course only after the payment has been received.

Cancellation Policy
If you find that you have to cancel, your full registration fee will be refunded if TAPPI’s Registration Department receives written notification (fax acceptable) at +1-770-209-7206 by December 10, 2021. Please note that a 50 percent refund may be issued for all written cancellations made after December 10, 2021, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the course, January 5, 2022. Understandably, after January 5, 2022, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

Refund Policy
100% - Cancellation received by December 10, 2021
50% - Cancellations received after December 10, 2021 and no later than January 5, 2022.
NO REFUND- Cancellations received January 5, 2022


Attendance Justification Toolkit
We understand it can be challenging to ask for approval to attend TAPPI training events, so we've created an Attendance Justification Toolkit below to assist you with the approval process and in making a strong case for the investment.

Before the Event: Communicate the value of your attendance and any expenses that can be anticipated.

After the Event: Summarize your experience and learning outcomes.

Your preparation will help you earn the greatest benefit from TAPPI training.

In many cases, the work you put in beforehand can also help you determine what information that you want or need to learn from the experts who will assemble to lead this instruction. The interaction with your manager or supervisor can be a productive process to go over some of the challenges that your organization would like to tackle.

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Read what another previous attendee wrote in a blog for about what he learned in this course!

Book your room early for the group rate and to ensure availability.

TAPPI Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course

Course Dates: January 10 - 13, 2022

The course will start at 8:00 am on Monday and conclude at 4:00 pm on Thursday.

Hotel rates and arrangements with hotels may be subject to change.

Course Venue:
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront Hotel
333 First Street South
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Toll Free: 1-800- 944-5500
1-800-HILTONS (800-445-8667) - Brand Reservations

Identify yourself as being with the group 2022 TAPPI Course Platform to receive a special rate to be negotiated for this course.

Note: Book your room before the TAPPI group rate deadline of Saturday, December 18th, 2021.

TAPPI negotiated the special hotel rates, often with special amenities and/or discounts.  You don't want to miss out on these as rooms outside our block may be much more expensive and will not include special offers.  If you utilize a travel agent or company travel department, please let them know about the TAPPI group rate and procedures. 


After the Special Rate hotel deadline, you may need to consider alternative hotels in the area, which include:

  • Ponce de Leon Hotel
  • Hollander
  • The Mansion House
  • Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg
  • Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown
  • Hampton Inn St. Petersburg Downtown


Avis offers special discounts off regular rates for participants. To reserve your car, call 1-800-831-8000 and refer to the code AWD: #U226600.

A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Read what another previous attendee wrote in a blog for about what he learned in this course!

Many titles of interest to you have been discounted for participants of this course!

These special publications from TAPPI are available to the participants of the 2022 Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course, most at a "course-only" discount. 

Purchase with your registration, pick up on-site at the Course, and SAVE on shipping!

NEW! Kraft Recovery Boilers, Third Edition
Product Code:  0101R358
Special Member Price: $ 188
Special Non-Member Price: $ 244

NEW! Make Paper Products Stand Out; Strategic Use of Wet End Chemical Additives
Product Code:  0101361
Special Member Price: $ 81
Special Non-Member Price: $ 105

Troubleshooting the Papermaking Process
Product Code:  0101R298
Special Member Price: $ 90
Special Non-Member Price: $ 137

Advances in Papermaking Wet End Chemistry Application Technologies
Product Code: 0101R349
Special Member Price: $ 101
Special Non-Member Price:  $ 132

Smook Book in SpanishHandbook for Pulp & Paper Technologists (SMOOK in SPANISH) 4th Edition
Product Code: 0202SMOOK4S
Special Member Price: $ 81
Special Non-Member Price: $ 105

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Terminology: A Guide to Industrial and Technological Usage, Second Edition
Product Code: 0202Term
Special Member Price: $ 59
Special Non-Member Price: $ 67

Properties of Paper: An Introduction, Second Edition
Product Code: 0102B052
Special Member Price: $ 35
Special Non-Member Price: $ 52

The Bleaching of Pulp, Fifth Edition
Product Code:  0101R331
Special Member Price: $ 149
Special Non-Member Price: $ 197

Brownstock Washing; Fundamentals and Practices
Product Code:  0101R348
Special Member Price: $ 157
Special Non-Member Price: $ 205

Black Liquor Evaporation
Product Code:  0101R355
Special Member Price: $ 106
Special Non-Member Price: $ 139

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The Papermaking Science and Technology Series

Papermaking:  Part 1 - Stock Prep and Wet End, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN08-2
Price: $ 148   

Papermaking: Part 2 - Drying, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN09-2
Price: $ 148

Chemical Pulping: Part 1 – Fiber Chemistry and Technology, 2nd Edition
Product Code:  0202FIN06-2B
Member Price: $ 148
Non-Member Price: $ 148

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The World of Market Pulp
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A Past Participant Said...

"I liked Dr. Kocurek's presentation of the material in a light and humorous manner, giving real-world examples along the way."

Read what another previous attendee wrote in a blog for about what he learned in this course!

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