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Packaging Science Fundamentals Online Course & Certificate

Packaging is defined as “all products made of any materials of any nature to be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and preservation of goods from the producer to the user or consumer.” Packaging serve many purposes, including physical protection, barrier protection, information transmission, containment or agglomeration, marketing, convenience, and portion control. Packaging materials include (but not limited to) paper/fiberboard, plastic, glass, and metals.

Introduction to Packaging is a course designed to give packaging industry professionals a sound understanding of the science and applications of various packaging materials. The raw materials, manufacturing processes and conversion processes used for high volume packaging materials and components are studied. In addition, the course reviews fundamental concepts of materials science and then applies that to common packaging materials, such as plastics, metals, papers and composites.


After completing Packaging Markets & Applications, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

After completing Packaging Science Fundamentals, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • packaging industry
  • packaging materials
  • packaging testing
  • packaging uses
  • packaging printing
  • packaging machinery
  • package management
  • economics and outlook


This course is an intended for people working in packaging production, materials supply, and other industries which supply to or purchase from packaging manufacturers. Newcomers to these industries, or people who have had no formal technical training, managers and professionals in areas such as sales, marketing and other roles where a knowledge of packaging materials and processing technologies would improve confidence and communication, with customers, suppliers and colleagues.

No prerequisites are required.

 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam for each course. 

    1. Concepts and Principles 
      Introduction to packaging and packaging principles.

    2. Materials 
      Paper – Specialty papers, Paper board and Corrugated/ Solid boards
      Glass – Containers
      Plastics – Rigid, Semi-rigid and Flexible
      Metals – Black plate, GI, Tinplate, TFS and Aluminum
      Wood and Plywood
      Textiles and Jute
      Cellulosics and Laminates
      Ancillary materials – Cushioning materials
      Adhesive – Tapes,
      Straps, Caps, Closures, Wads, Label’s
      Inks, Varnishes, Lacquers, Coating materials etc.

    3. Testing and Quality control 
      Testing and Quality control of packaging materials
      Testing and Quality control of retail/consumer packages
      Transport worthiness / Performance evaluation of shipping containers
      Shelf life evaluation
      Testing and quality Control of ancillary materials

    4. Packaging of products 
      Packaging of agricultural products
      Packaging of processed food
      Packaging of horticultural products
      Packaging of pharmaceuticals
      Packaging of health care products
      Packaging of engineering and electronic goods
      Packaging of textile and leather goods
      Packaging of consumer durables and others

    5. Package Printing 
      Printing techniques
      Printing inks
      Print evaluation

    6. Packaging Machinery & Technique 

    7. Package Management 
      Palletization and Containerization
      Packaging laws and Environmental issues
      Packaging standardization and variety reduction
      Packaging cost and Economics


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.