GS1 Foundations Certificate Course

GS1 Foundations Certificate Course

Master the Basics of Unique Product Identification

If any part of your work involves creating, analyzing, or using product data in any way, you’re most likely interacting with GS1 Standards. The GS1 Foundations certificate course offers education that will help you learn product identification standards that result in trusted data for your trading partners and consumers. Enroll in the GS1 Foundations Certificate Course if you want to:

  • Learn how to use the GS1 System of Standards for unique product and location identification
  • Gain a valuable perspective on the importance of standards-based product identification
  • Assign and manage unique products and packaging levels via Global Trade Item Numbers® (GTINs®) and barcodes
  • Be prepared to perform efficient item set-up, ensuring that it’s done right the first time
  • Understand the most common barcodes as well as the Global Location Number (GLN) and how they're used.
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Learn at your own pace. Access course content anytime, anywhere you have internet access. Expect to spend about six hours completing the course.

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Virtual Classroom

Blend the best of online and in-person. Join from your location while still enjoying the advantages of instructor and classmate interactions. Attend virtual training over five business days, requiring two to 2.5 hours each day.

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Traditional Classroom

Benefit from face-to-face interaction with instructors and classmates at our location or yours. When in person, the course is taught in one business day (9 AM to 5 PM).

Due to COVID-19 traditional classroom courses will not be offered until 2023

A New Highly Interactive Way to Learn Unique Product Identification

Who Would Benefit:

Professionals who manage the product lifecycle from creation through distribution and merchandising, including product management, supply chain operations, logistics, category management and shopper marketing.

Equipped with the knowledge of GS1 Foundations, you can:

  • Eliminate product returns resulting from inaccurate product data
  • Reduce barcode scanning errors at checkout that result in unsold product
  • Better manage product changes using proper GTIN® management
  • Improve supply chain visibility with proper usage of Application Identifiers (AIs) and GLNs

Course Outline

The GS1 Foundations Certificate Course includes the following topics:

  • Overview of GS1 Standards
  • How to Use Your Company Prefix
  • Introduction to GLNs
  • How to Create and Manage Your GTINs
  • GTIN Management Standard
  • How to Barcode Your Products
  • GS1 Application Identifiers (AIs)
  • Barcoding Beyond Point-of-Sale Scanning


Online: $450

Virtual Classroom: $525

Traditional Classroom: $525

Volume pricing for teams of 5, 10, 25, or 100 are also available!

Need Help or Have Questions

Want to register and need help to get budget approval from your management team?  Use this justification letter template to help make your case.

Have more questions and want to speak to a GS1 Foundations Course specialist? Please call 937-428-3796 or email us at

GS1 Foundations for Healthcare Online Certificate Course

Are you a Healthcare professional who manages the product lifecycle from creation, item set-up, packaging through distribution, marketing, product management, supply chain operations, and logistics? If you answered yes, you may want to consider the GS1 Foundations for Healthcare Online Certificate Course.

This course covers the foundational aspects of globally unique healthcare product and location identification and barcoding with GS1 Standards. By attending you'll learn how to request that your NDC (National Drug Code) Labeler Code be included as part of your GS1 US-issued GS1 Company prefix, how to build trade item hierarchies, and track and trace processes.

Earn a Badge - Your GS1 Standards Credential

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.