The PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging Technology is recognised as giving an excellent foundation in and introduction to the packaging industry.  Our Certificate in Packaging course provides a level of insight and understanding of the packaging industry that adds real and measurable value to careers and businesses.   We offer a number of course options that all feature guidance and support throughout the learning journey.

Why study towards the PIABC L3 Certificate in Packaging?

Completion of the Certificate in Packaging demonstrates your commitment to your career and to the industry.
Delegates who successfully complete the Certificate are equipping themselves for progression within the packaging industry.
Networking opportunities abound, providing the opportunity to draw on the experience and knowledge of others.

Who is the course aimed at?

Learners on the Certificate in Packaging course from a variety of areas, but generally have three to twelve months experience of the sector.  You 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 course is at a level equivalent to GCE A-levels and we expect learners to have good basic literacy and numeracy skills.

How can I study the Certificate?

We offer our PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging course in two formats to suit learners of different types.

Online learning
If you feel confident in your ability to study independently or you need to fit your studies around a hectic work and personal life, our online online course might be the best option for you.  You can work through the course at a pace to suit you with the support of our online tutors.  You will still need to sit your examination in either June or November but you can submit your assignments throughout the year.

Blended learning
If you would prefer to study the fundamentals in a more traditional format you may wish to choose our blended learning course.  This consists of an intensive, four-day, classroom course which covers the mandatory core unit followed by independent online learning for the option modules.  This format allows you to meet and learn with like-minded individuals and many of our former students have kept in touch.

How is the course structured?

The Certificate is split into one mandatory core unit and a number of option modules. In order to pass the course students must complete 16 credits, 8 of which come from the core unit and the remainder from the options.

The core unit, which is assessed through a formal, 2 hour, written examination, covers the fundamentals of packaging and consists of five parts:

  1. Understand the role and functions of packaging.
  2. Understand the major packaging materials and how they are combined to form packaging componants.
  3. Understand the packaging development process.
  4. Understand packaging costs and quality systems.
  5. Understand the relationship between packaging and the environment.

Learners must then select up to four options in order to earn a further 8 credits.  There are 12 options available and these are all assessed through the submission of a written assignment.

  1. Packaging Legislation, standards & regulations - 3 credits
  2. Packaging Line Operations - 2 credits
  3. Packaging and the hazards of storage and distribution - 2 credits
  4. The relationship between packaging design and marketing - 2 credits
  5. The properties, manufacture and use of paper and carton board as packaging materials - 3 credits
  6. The properties, manufacture and use of rigid plastic packaging - 3 credits
  7. The properties, manufacture and use of flexible packaging materials - 3 credits
  8. The use of printing and decoration for packaging - 3 credits
  9. The use of labelling and coding for packaging materials - 2 credits
  10.  The properties, manufacture and use of corrugated board in packaging - 3 credits
  11. The properties, manufacture and use of rigid metal in packaging - 3 credits
  12. The properties, manufacture and use of glass in packaging - 3 credits

How long does it take to complete the Certificate course?

The IOM3 Training Academy offers blended learning and fully online versions of the course leading to the PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging qualification.  The classroom element of the blended course usually runs twice a year in the spring and autumn, but the online course can be started at any time.  To help you to make good progress through your course and complete it in a timely manner we have created the following structure. 

For blended courses with the classroom element in May
  • Sit the course exam during the June examination series while the course content is still fresh in your mind.
  • You need to choose enough options to ensure that you achieve 8 credits.  In most cases this will involve 3 units but with some combinations you will need to select four.  Your assignments should be submitted electronically by the following dates:
    • Assignment 1 - 01 September
    • Assignment 2 - 01 December
    • Assignment 3 - 01 March
    • Assignment 4 (if needed) - 01 May
For blended courses with the classroom element in October
  • Sit the course exam during the November examination series while the course content is still fresh in your mind.
  • You need to choose enough options to ensure that you achieve 8 credits.  In most cases this will involve three units but with some combinations you will need to select four.  Your assignments should be submitted electronically by the following dates:
    • Assignment 1 - 01 March
    • Assignment 2 - 01 May
    • Assignment 3 - 01 July
    • Assignment 4 (if needed) - 01 September
For the online course
  • Sit the course exam during the examination series closest to the commencement of your course while the course content is still fresh in your mind.  If you start the course between November and May you should sit the exam in June and if you start the course between June and October you should sit the exam in November.
  • You need to choose enough options to ensure that you achieve 8 credits.  In most cases this will involve three units but with some combinations you will need to select four.  Your assignments should be submitted electronically by the following dates:
    • Assignment 1 – approximately 3 months after your start date
    • Assignment 2 – 6 months after your start date
    • Assignment 3 – 9 months after your start date
    • Assignment 4 (if needed) – 12 months after your start date

How is the Certificate course assessed?

Assessment takes a number of forms.  The theory you study in the core units is assessed through a two-hour, formal written examination, consisting of short and longer answer questions which is taken as part of PIABC's examination series in either June or November each year.
The option units are assessed through written assignments.

How much does the course cost?

We offer our PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging course in two formats and the price varies depending on which option you choose. 

Our blended learning course costs £1715 (+VAT at 20% where applicable) which includes lunch and refreshments during the four-day classroom-based element.  Our online course costs £1055 (+VAT at 20% where applicable).

In both instances there are additional fees of £290 (VAT free) for your registration with the awarding body, PIABC, and £175 (0% VAT) for the course text book.

This makes the total costs, including VAT as follows:

  • Blended course - £2523
  • Online course - £1731

Members of IOM3 are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee (not including PIABC registration and the course text book).

 

Register to attend the PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging classroom course at The Boilerhouse in Grantham from 4 to 7 October 2021. 

 

 

 

Register to study the PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging Online course