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IOP: The Packaging Society has been the Our flagship course is the Diploma in lead organisation for the British Packaging Packaging Technology, a degree level course developed to provide in-depth industry for the last sixty years, with a membership that represents the whole supply chain, including packaging manufacturers, converters, suppliers, packer/fillers and retailers. Dynamic and innovative, employing thousands of people and making a multi-billion pound contribution to the economy, packaging plays a significant role in protection and promotion of products the world over. As customers and consumers become ever more demanding, and as the market changes, it is more important than ever to ensure that individuals are properly equipped to meet the challenges they face, so they can add value to their businesses and enhance their careers. aimed at technologists and managers whose jobs have a packaging focus. The Certificate in Packaging has a broad appeal, from people who are embarking on a career in packaging to more established delegates who may be working in fields such as marketing, purchasing or logistics, for whom a more detailed understanding of packaging will help them to develop their role. The Certificate’s modular nature means that students can select from a broad range of subjects to tailor a course relevant to their needs. We also offer a programme of short courses that provides key up-todate information on specific areas of the packaging industry. understanding of the packaging industry

Companies can take advantage of our Corporate Partnering Programme, which provides businesses with a tailored plan for on-going training and development of their key personnel. Delivery of our courses is flexible to meet the needs of business. This brochure provides an outline of all of our courses with more detailed information, course dates, prices and venues available on request or on our website

Benefits to the business
•	 Drive	innovation	and	efficiency	in		 	 your	business	 •	 Staff	motivation •	 Staff	equipped	to	promote	development •	 Best	practice	to	maximise	profit •	 Access	the	experience	of	the	industry 	

Benefits to the individual
•	 A	recognised,	professional	qualification •	 Add	value	to	your	business,	prove	your	worth •	 Great	networking	opportunities •	 Broaden	and	deepen	your	knowledge	and	skills •	 Membership	of	a	Chartered	professional	organisation •	 Continuous	Professional	Development	–	keep	abreast	of	changes		 	 within	the	industry

Diploma in Packaging Technology
The Diploma in Packaging Technology is internationally recognised as the premier qualification in the industry and is accredited by PIABC, the Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company, which is in turn approved by QCA (Qualifications & Curriculum Authority). The Diploma is a degree-level qualification that prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. Successful completion of the Diploma also provides students with an entry qualification for the MSc Packaging courses at the University of Loughborough and Brunel University. As Institute members, Diploma graduates are entitled to use the designatory letters M Inst Pkg (Dip).

The Diploma in Packaging Technology is divided into five units. Assessment for units 1-4 is by examination, and for unit 5 by an assignment.

The Fundamental Principles of Packaging

This module explores the purpose of packaging from a functional perspective, and also the importance of packaging in broader marketing, environmental and socio-economic terms. Emphasis is placed on understanding product properties and the sometimes conflicting requirements and expectations at different points in the supply chain. Factors affecting safety and legality are considered, along with methods of ensuring compliance.


Packaging Materials and Components II

Students follow a similar programme to Unit 2, studying plastics packaging materials, properties and components. Pack closures and the factors that affect seal integrity, adhesives and typical label materials are also covered in this unit.

Packaging Processes

Packaging Materials and Components I

Students consider three of the most common packaging materials: glass, metals and paper/board. For each, raw materials, manufacturing and converting for high volume applications are studied. Material requirements to meet performance criteria for both packs and components throughout pack life, including packaging line, storage and distribution, display and sale are analysed, including environmental performance and disposal, market uses and applications, current and future usage.


Two key processes, referred to in earlier units, are studied in detail: • Printing and decorative processes for packaging materials • Packaging machinery and packaging line operations In both cases there is requirement for a detailed understanding of material properties.

Managing Packaging Development

This unit builds upon the knowledge gained in the other four units and introduces students to the management and commercial functions concerned with design, development, quality, production and use of packaging materials and components.

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Diageo Oronoco Rum, Supreme Gold Award, Starpack 2006

Nobody can doubt Elliott Orlik’s influence in one of the world’s leading brands. As R&D Manager, his choices can mean millions of pounds of savings on one hand, and significant market share improvements on the other. The Diploma in Packaging Technology from IOP helped Elliott to gain the technical skills necessary to make the difference in this senior, highpressure position.

Diploma case study

Packaging R&D Manager, Pepsico

Elliott Orlik

Smiths Medical is a leading global supplier of medical devices for critical and intensive care, post-operative recovery and specialist infusion uses. Safe and effective packaging is a crucial element in the delivery of their product range. As a recent Diploma graduate, Mei will use the skills she has gained through the Diploma to strengthen her effectiveness in her important position – creating functional medical packaging that will have benefits to doctors, nurses and patients all over the world.

Project Engineer, Smiths Medical International

Mei Williams

What’s in it for me?
Completion	of	the	Diploma	in	Packaging	 Technology	demonstrates	your	commitment	 to	your	career	and	to	the	industry.	Delegates	 who	successfully	complete	the	Diploma	are	 equipping	themselves	for	senior	positions	within	 the	packaging	industry.	Networking	opportunities	 abound,	providing	the	chance	to	draw	on	the	 experience	and	knowledge	of	others.

Who am I?
Diploma	students	are	from	a	variety	of	backgrounds	 and	disciplines,	and	are	typically	experienced	 practitioners	or	managers	in	technical,	sales/ marketing,	QA,	purchasing,	engineering	or	design.	 The	Diploma	is	a	Level	4	qualification	(degree	level)	 and	students	should	understand	that	this	is	a	detailed	 course,	and	will	therefore	usually	have	an	education	 at	least	up	to	UK	‘A’	level	standard	and/or	relevant	 industry	experience.

Diploma case study

Certificate in Packaging
The Certificate in Packaging is designed to meet the training needs of a wide variety of people involved in packaging, from the new entrant to the industry who wants the best possible preparation for a career in the industry, to design, production, management, sales and marketing or purchasing staff who need to deepen their understanding of this vital and complex discipline. The Certificate in Packaging is a level 3 qualification (‘A’ Level equivalent), accredited by PIABC. The course consists of a foundation unit taught in class and assessed by examination, followed by a student’s choice of four further units from the twelve on offer. These are taught on-line and assessed by assignment. Students may choose to study further units beyond those required for the completion of the Certificate, and certificates of achievement will be awarded for those successfully completed.

Mandatory Unit
This consists of four parts:

The Fundamental Principles of Packaging

introducing students to the subject, examining the role and function of packaging in preserving, enhancing and selling products.

Understanding and Managing Packaging Cost

examining the factors influencing finished costs and how they can be effectively managed. Quality management, especially defect prevention, is an important element.

Introduction to Packaging Materials

the various roles of packaging are considered along with the properties of materials that make them suitable for packaging applications. Special consideration is given to the key packaging materials of paper/board, glass, plastics and metals.

Packaging Development

presents a logical approach to managing and implementing packaging development, which can be adapted to suit FMCG packer/fillers as well as industrial product producers and converters.

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Elective Units
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Legislation in Packaging – all packaging materials, machinery and processes must comply with legislation. This unit considers common legislation and how it applies to packaging.

Product Portfolio Manager, Kellogg Co (GB)

Wendy Winn

Understanding the Hazards of Warehousing and Distribution – most physical damage to packed product occurs during warehousing and distribution, and this unit looks at packaging’s role in reducing damage. Packaging Design and Marketing – the role of marketing and the importance of close co-operation between marketing and packaging functions is considered as part of the process of delivering a product successfully to market. Paper and Board Packaging – by weight, the largest materials usage
sector in packaging. This unit explores the use of paper and solid board in packaging, including cartons and cases. Unit 10 deals specifically with corrugated board.

Plastics Packaging – an introduction to this complex subject, encompassing basic polymer chemistry to explain why plastic materials behave as they do, what their properties are and how they may be improved. Flexible Packaging – flexible packaging types and applications,
laminates and mono-layers, materials and decorative techniques.

Certificate case study
The Kellogg Company dominates the global breakfast cereal market, with brand extension into a wide variety of snack foods. Wendy has been with Kellogg’s for over 20 years, beginning in finance before moving through supply chain into manufacturing as Supplier Liaison Manager, where she has been responsible for the development and introduction of new packaging materials and packagingbased promotions. Wendy’s Certificate in Packaging gave her the insight to develop specifications and functionality requirements for packaging, communicate them effectively with suppliers and plant operators, drive development and then effectively implement innovations onto fast, automated packing lines. Wendy was also PIABC Certificate Student of the Year 2006/7.

Understanding Packaging Line Operations – introduces students to the packaging line, its components and how appropriate equipment selection impacts on efficiency and production costs.

Printing of Packaging – this unit addresses the requirements for printing
and compares the various printing processes.

Labelling and Coding – labels are a vital tool in communicating the
sales message and product information to the customer. This unit examines the importance of labels, the materials and printing techniques available.

Corrugated Board Packaging – the uses and importance of corrugated
packaging, grades and flute sizes and correct specification.

Rigid Plastics Packaging – main uses, materials and manufacturing
processes for jars, bottles, pots, compacts, closures, pails and drums etc.

Environmental Aspects of Packaging – examining the concept
of environmentally responsible packaging and the impact of legislation on designers, specifiers and users of packaging and packed product.

What’s in it for me?
The	Certificate	in	Packaging	provides	a	level	 of	insight	and	understanding	of	the	packaging	 industry	that	adds	real	and	measurable	value	 to	careers	and	businesses.	Packaging	is	a	 fundamental	part	of	modern	business,	and	the	 Certificate	in	Packaging	provides	you	with	the	 “detailed	overview”	of	packaging	processes	that	 broadens	your	knowledge,	adds	value	to	your	 business	and	helps	you	to	prove	your	worth.

Who am I?
Delegates	to	the	Certificate	in	Packaging	come	to	 the	course	from	a	variety	of	areas.	You	may	already	 be	established	in	packaging	as	a	buyer,	marketer,	 production	manager	or	sales	person,	now	looking	 to	expand	your	knowledge	and	deepen	your	 understanding	of	the	packaging	environment.	You	 may	be	embarking	on	a	career	within	the	industry	 and	looking	for	the	training	that	will	provide	you	with	 a	solid	bed	of	information	that	you	can	build	on.	

Other courses
IOP: The Packaging Society also offers a programme of short courses. Courses are usually delivered at our Grantham centre, but may also be available in-company and at other centres throughout the UK and overseas. Please contact IOP for specific details.

EQIPT assessors course for the BRC/IOP standard
The BRC/IOP Global Standard for Food Packaging and other Packaging Materials, developed jointly between the IOP and the British Retail Consortium sets out hygiene and quality requirements for packaging manufacturers. Once the standard has been achieved regular evaluation audits are required to maintain accreditation. The course is taught as a three-day core, with assessment by a written examination, followed by optional units delivered on-line and based on various packaging sectors: paper and board, plastics, metals and glass. Auditors wishing to work in one or more of these areas need to study the appropriate units, which are assessed by written assignment.

Course duration:

3 days at IOP: The Packaging Society, Grantham. The exam can be taken at Grantham or at British Consulates for overseas students.

Who should attend?

Individuals who wish to evaluate BRC/IOP Standard systems and who do not currently hold the IOP Diploma in Packaging Technology or other approved qualification. NB: Auditors also require qualifications in food technology/ environmental health/hygiene and quality assessment (Lead Assessor).

Pharmaceutical Packaging
This course covers the development and production of packaging for ethical, over the counter and veterinary pharmaceuticals and provides the required packaging knowledge for people training to become a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of the EC legislation. Includes: pack design and material selection, conversion, filling, security testing, transport and storage, plus artwork and production line control, future trends and developments.

Print for Packaging
Aimed at non-printers, this course provides a grounding in the techniques and terminology of this vital element of the packaging industry. Delegates will learn about the main printing techniques in use in packaging production, the workflow, processes and implications for cost and quality deriving from print choices.

Packaging and Sustainability
This course is presented in association with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), and provides information about issues of sustainability, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging and packaging materials. Delegates will develop a greater practical awareness of the issues of sustainability as applied to the packaging industry and increased tools and knowledge to promote change within their workplace.

Course duration:

3 days, delivered at IOP: The Packaging Society, Grantham

Course duration:
1 day

Course duration:
1 day

Who should attend?

Delegates will have direct involvement with packaging operations within the pharmaceutical industry, possibly in production, development, technology, purchasing, QA/QC, marketing, regulatory or auditing functions.

Who should attend?

Production, marketing, artwork and design, planning or purchasing staff involved in the scheduling, selection or specification of printed packaging materials.

Corporate Partnering
Businesses can opt for a tailored training programme that focuses on their specific requirements and provides a bespoke learning experience for a specific group of employees or an entire workforce. Training programmes can be designed to lead into a qualification if required or to provide a set of information specific to a business or market area. The following case studies show how two quite different businesses have benefited from the programme.

Case study 1
Plastics packaging
IOP: The Packaging Society designed a course for a plastics company based in the South of England that involved the entire workforce and was used to support their Investors in People programme. The Company has a dedicated workforce, but the managers were concerned that employees did not have in-depth knowledge of the processes involved in the business and the markets the company served. The Institute developed a one-day awareness course comprising basic polymer science along with details of the manufacturing process and how the business met customer needs. The course was taken in mixed groups by all staff over a period of two months, helping them to better understand the business, their colleagues and the challenges that they face.

UB students with their Certificate in Packaging Awards at Grantham.

United Biscuits
United Biscuits (UB), a leading European manufacturer of biscuits and snacks, owns many of the UK’s leading snack brands, including McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, KP Nuts and Hula Hoops. The company was attracted by the flexibility of IOP Corporate Partnering, and a programme of modules was developed to equip employees with the skills and knowledge to become more effective in their individual roles. The first phase involved more than thirty staff members, from NPD, Purchasing and Group Technical departments as well as Factory Maintenance and Engineering operatives, and more than eighty people have now benefited from the training. Corporate Partnering with IOP has been so successful that United Biscuits has continued the programme into a fourth year and has included all their European sites.


“Given UB’s investment in growth and innovation we were looking for specialist training in packaging to enhance the skills base of our employees. We felt that IOP was the best place to start looking for this type of training. Corporate Partnering was an attractive alternative to traditional qualifications or short courses as we are able to tailor the content to our particular market. To ensure that the knowledge employees gain is understood, theory classes have been supported by site visits to factories and suppliers where applicable.”
Barry Pamplin, European Packaging Technology Controller, United Biscuits.

Case study 2

Delivery options
IOP: The Packaging Society courses are delivered through a combination of classroom tuition and on-line learning. There are a number of options:

Contact us
For more information on any of the courses featured in this brochure, including course fees, dates, venues and availability, please contact: Glennis Harwood, IOP: The Packaging Society, Springfield House, Springfield Business Park, Grantham, Lincs NG31 7BG. Tel: 01476 514590, Fax: 01476 514591, email:

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Diploma in Packaging Technology
Intensive course:
Delivered in five days per month over three months at IOP: The Packaging Society Head Office in Grantham.

Regional on-site course:

Delivered in blocks of three days per month over five months, usually at a host company premises.


The Diploma in Packaging Technology can now be delivered entirely on-line, with the support of specialist on-line tutors.

Examinations may be taken either at IOP: The

Packaging Society, Grantham, or selected locations in the UK and overseas.

IOP: The Packaging Society is delighted to be supported by leading organisations for innovation and education in packaging through training and the Starpack Awards for Industry, Students and Schools.

Certificate in Packaging
The Certificate is delivered as a blended learning course of four days face to face tuition for the mandatory unit followed by access to on-line materials with support of specialist on-line tutors for the four elective units.

Starpack Industry

Examinations may be taken either at IOP: The

Packaging Society, Grantham, or selected locations in the UK and overseas.

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