Packaging Professional Certificate Program

80 contact hours
Used For:
8 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

The Packaging Professional Certificate provides a comprehensive overview of the packaging industry that adds real and measurable value to careers and businesses. Packaging is a fundamental part of modern business, and the Packaging Professional Certificate provides professionals with the “detailed overview” of packaging processes that broadens your knowledge, adds value to your business and helps you to prove your worth.

Delegates to the Packaging Professional Certificate Program come to the course from a variety of areas. Professionals may already be established in packaging as a buyer, marketer, production manager or sales person, now looking to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding of the packaging environment. Or, they may be embarking on a career within the industry and looking for the training that will provide you with a solid bed of information that you can build on.

The Packaging Professional Certificate Program is composed of the following four courses:

Packaging Science Fundamentals

Packaging Science Fundamentals 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.

Packaging Markets & Applications

Packaging Markets and Applications is a course that provides a comprehensive overview of the packaging industry, market study for the various sectors, and opportunities for the future. We will review packaging products serving the food, medical/pharmaceutical, beverage, household, and personal care sectors, and the packaging requirements for the present and future.

Packaging Machinery & Processes

Packaging Machinery & Processes is a course that will provide a comprehensive overview of leading packaging machinery and line processes, such as extrusion, injection, and blow molding, flexible packaging, thermoforming, bottles, and closures. In addition, participants will be introduced to many of the management functions associated with the design, development, production and use of packaging materials and components.

Packaging Elective

Choose one of the following:

  • Green Materials
  • Flexible Packaging

After completion of the Packaging Professionals Certificate Program, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • Packaging industry overview
  • Packaging materials
  • Packaging machinery, equipment, and processes
  • Injection, blow, and extrusion molding
  • Thermoforming
  • Flexible packaging processes
  • Packaging markets- food, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care
  • Sustainable solutions
  • Packaging economics
  • Outlook for the future


No prior coursework or experience is required.


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

See the syllabus of the four(4) courses for details


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