Flexible Packaging Fundamentals Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Flexible packaging materials are used in a variety of industries to provide products with packaging that is easy to use for the consumer and simple for packaging companies to get the product into the packaging. Flexible packaging is made from many different materials, some of which include plastic and thin metals.

Flexible Packaging Fundamentals is a course that provides a comprehensive overview of the packaging industry, market applications, and market drivers. We introduce the various flexible packaging materials of construction, methods, processes, and equipment used in converting web materials for flexible packaging.


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

  • What is flexible packaging?
  • Industry and market applications
  • Market drivers- sustainability, regulations
  • Flexible packaging materials of construction
  • Flexible packaging processes
  • Flexible packaging converting processes


A basic understanding of chemistry is recommended.

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

Module 1: Introduction

  • What is flexible packaging?
  • Industry overview

Module 2: Flexible Packaging Applications

  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food & Beverage
  • Industrial
  • Electronics

Module 3: Flexible Packaging Materialsspan>

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Foil
  • Adhesives
  • Combinations

Module 4: Flexible Packaging Material Processes

  • Extrusion
  • Film making
  • Lamination
  • Slitting

Module 5: Flexible Packaging Converting Processes

  • Coating
  • Printing
  • Bagging
  • Wrappers
  • Form, Fill, and Seal

Module 6: Outlook

  • Eco-friendly materials
  • Regulations
  • Globalization


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