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Diploma in Packaging Technology

Course IDCourse NameFaculty
DPT0050Diploma in Packaging TechnologySchool of Business & IT

Course Overview

This is a three months course will be offered by the Institute of Packaging (SA), and widely recognised by the packaging industry in GCC. It is accredited by the World Packaging Organisation, and by the IOP: Packaging Society (UK) (formerly known as the British Institute of Packaging), as well as the Australian Institute of Packaging.

‘Packaging’ 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 newcomer to the field as well as the more experienced.

The course will begin by reviewing the major business aspects that the packaging specialist requires to be conversant with, from economics to marketing. The course majors on the technical aspects of packaging covering the essentials of protection and preservation for a wide variety of consumer and industrial goods, from the factory to the final consumer, in particular the requirements of foodstuffs, pharmaceutical and industrial goods. Other pertinent aspects addressed are graphics design, printing processes, environmental aspects, legal aspects, specifications and materials handling.

The need to understand and utilise ‘Packaging’ cost effectively and efficiently underpins most positions in the packaging, printing and related industries. The course therefore is applicable to people in the following positions: sales, marketing, design, technical, production, quality control, R&D, buyers, warehouse managers and logistics managers. It is popularly attended by both packaging converters and users of packaging, including retailers.

The course will runs with a duration of about 3 months, with usually one or 2 sessions (lectures) per week. It sets a high standard academically with 5 tests and 2 exams during its duration, A ‘packaging assignment’, spread over approximately a 3 months 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.

The 3 months diploma has been developed over many years to meet the particular needs of the packaging industry in GCC. It is bench marked against similar first level ‘packaging’ courses offered in Britain, USA, and Australasia.

Course Objective

  • To assist the new entrant into the packaging, printing and related industries to acquire a basic knowledge in all aspects of business, technical, design and marketing within these fields.
  • In regard to those already employed in these industries, to provide an opportunity to further their knowledge and basic understanding with the objective of improving their contribution to their organisations.

Duration and Lectures

A three months course – lectures will be held every week in the major lecture center in Dubai.

However, additional practical course work may on occasions be required at other times by agreement with the students.

Course Content

Business aspects of Packaging

  •  Management principles and practices
  •  The management reporting system
  •  Successful marketing
  •  Packaging : a marketing tool
  • Economics of packaging

Package Planning

  • Introduction to packaging
  • Fundamentals of packaging as a corporate identity
  • Product assessment
  • Package production and handling
  • Marketing

 Packaging Practices

  •  Protection 1 – cushioning
  •  Protection 2 – permeability and gas barrier
  •  Protection 3 – other environmental hazards
  •  Package testing
  •  Specifications and quality control
  •  The law and packaging
  •  Packaging and the environment

Product Handling and Packaging

  • Materials handling
  • Materials handling practices
  • Materials handling equipment
  • Distribution Packaging
  • Packaging machinery

Packaging Materials  

  • Paper and board
  • Paper board packaging
  • Adhesives and labelling
  • Corrugated board
  •  Plastic material
  •  Flexible packaging
  •  Glass packaging
  •  Metals 1 – tinplate
  •  Metals 2 – aluminium
  •  Closures

 Graphics (summarised, as this is a wide field)

  • The design brief and principles
  • The major printing processes used in packaging
  • Types of labelling
  • Printing inks, print characteristics and process choice

Food Packaging

  • The composition of food
  • Food spoilage
  • Food processing
  • Grain products
  • Savoury snack foods
  • Beverages
  • Sugar, chocolate and confectionery
  • Milk and milk products
  • Poultry and eggs
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Fish
  • Meat and meat products
  • Food packaging control

Special Applications

  • Pharmaceutical packaging 1 and 2
  • Cosmetics and toiletries packaging
  • Industrial and chemical packaging
  • Industrial packaging : flexible
  • Industrial packaging : rigid


Provided a student achieves the necessary pass mark in 5 tests throughout the course, in mid and course end examinations, in a practical student assignment, he / she will receive the ETHRAA official Diploma in Packaging Technology.  A pass mark is 50%.


Our lecturers will be drawn from both the academic field, and from practising professionals within the packaging industry.  Students therefore receive not only theoretical input but benefit from contact with practical people with hard won knowledge and experience in their fields.

Entrance Requirements

A proficiency in the English language, and maths and science  (normally at about grade 12 level)  is advisable if the student is to cope with the course requirements.

Bearing in mind the number of potential students whose mother tongue is NOT English, we ask that this proficiency be testified to in writing by the employer’, in support of the students enrolment application.

The purpose of these requirements is to give the student the best chance of success and to avoid the payment of fees by a student (or employer) where the student has little chance of completing the course successfully.