Packaging Science Fundamentals Online Course & Certificate

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

  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.