One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology



The One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology (OYD) is a part-time course and  is widely recognised by the packaging industry in South Africa. It is accredited by the World Packaging Organisation, and by the IOP: Packaging Society (UK), as well as the Australian Institute of Packaging. It is conducted “under licence”

by certain African countries.


Packaging Technology is a multi-faceted discipline and science, requiring the packaging specialist to have an all-round understanding of both technical and business

related aspects. This course addresses these needs and is suitable for both the relative newcomer to the field as well as the more experienced. The course begins by reviewing the major business aspects with which the packaging specialist requires to be conversant, from economics to marketing. The course majors on the technical aspects of packaging covering the essentials of protection, preservation and distributuion for a wide variety of consumer and industrial goods throughout the supply chain, in particular the requirements of foodstuffs, pharmaceutical and industrial goods. Other pertinent aspects addressed are graphic design, printing processes, environmental issues, legal aspects, specifications and materials handling.


The need to understand and utilise packaging cost and functional efficiencies underpins most positions in the packaging, printing and related industries. The OYD course therefore is applicable to people in a wide variet of positions including: sales, marketing, design, technical, production, quality control, R&D, buyers, warehouse managers and logistics managers. It is popularly attended by suppliers to the industry, packaging converters and users of packaging, including retailers.


The course runs every year with a duration of about 10 months, with usually one or 2 sessions (lectures) per week. It sets ahigh standard academically with 5 tests and 2 national exams during its duration. Of note is its practical component, a ‘packaging assignment’, and spread over approximately a six month period, which each student is required to research and report on. Potential students (most of whom are working people) should be aware that the course imposes a fairly severe academic work load on participants – that is, it is no “walkover” academically, and this needs to be weighed up carefully in regard to their employment work-load.


There are three types of study programmes available for this course.

1) Attendance Learning

This is the recommended and preferred method of undertaking the course. Lectures are held twice a week at Cape Town, Gauteng & Durban.

This is our most beneficial type of study programme as not only do we have fantastic lecturers who gives 110% to each one of their lectures, but we find that the students value the group / class discussions where they can bounce ideas around and help each other through the course.

2) Distance Learning (Correspondence Learning)

You will receive all the relevant information regarding the course via correspondence, as well as you will be able to receive help from the lecturer.

If you are in Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg you will be required to write the Tests / Exams with the Attendance Learning students at the lecture venue.

3) Mentor Assisted Self Study

This method of study is aimed at those students who are within reach of a lecture centre but who are unable to attend lectures on a regular basis. As with ALL students, “Self Study” students are expected to learn THEMSELVES from the prescribed text book. Self Study students will be kept informed of student visits to various factories, or other such events, and may attend these if they can. They are also entitled to attend lectures whenever they can, and should in fact make an effort to attend those lectures which are reasonably critical (e.g. preparation for the practical assignment, Tests and Exams).

All Self Study students will be expected to write their tests and exams at the local / nearest examination centre, and must ensure that they can obtain time off from their employer to do this.


Click HERE to view, download and print the OYD course brochure


The Three-Tiered Education Programme
The Overview to Packaging Technology (OPT) course offers a seamless introduction to the more in-depth content of the Institute’s One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology (OYD).The Advanced Packaging Diploma (APD) is aimed at those either being prepared, or preparing themselves, for management level positions in the packaging industry. The new Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) award is the highest designation offered by IPSA for the packaging professional. 


Click HERE to view, download and print the Study Enrolment Form