One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology



The One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology (OYD) is now offered as an on-line part-time course. It is widely recognised by the packaging industry in South Africa and accredited by the World Packaging Organisation, the IOP: Packaging Society (UK) as well as the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). 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 a high 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.


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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. 


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