IPSA aims to promote high standards and professionalism
in  the  packaging  industry,  to  provide   opportunities
for networking  and  education  and  to promote the
recognition  of  packaging  as  a  profession.






At this stage, plans for Gold Pack 2020 and Student Gold Pack 2020 are continuing to the original timeatable. Contingency plans are in place to accommodate the requirements for social distancing and any other restrictions that may be required for these programes as well as the Institutes education programmes - in particular the One Year Course which will undergo some essential modifications to be able to deliver the education progamme during this crisis. Watch this website for any changes.

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Key programmes and events are organised by the Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) with the objective of furthering these aims. The IPSA Gold Pack Awards recognise outstanding achievements in packaging. The IPSA Student Gold Pack Awards are used as an educational tool and to promote packaging as a career. The IPSA One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology provides specialised training in the field of packaging. The IPSA Advanced Packaging Diploma and other custom designed courses and programmes are available to provide more specialised training and skills development in the field of packaging.

A range of seminars, workshops and conferences are held, which are intended to spotlight and debate the industry's most pressing, thought-provoking and challenging issues. Regular regional meetings include formal speaker presentations, factory visits and social events.

IPSA as a body is represented on the board of Packaging SA and enjoys close cooperation and support through this representation. Packaging SA in turn has representation on the IPSA National Executive. IPSA is a full member of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and the African Packaging Organisation (APO), which facilitates contact and exchange among international packaging institutes, corporations, trade associations and individuals.

Membership is open to individuals engaged in any aspect of South Africa's broadly based packaging industry, to give packaging professionals a sense of belonging and the opportunity to keep abreast of the many important issues affecting the packaging industry.