Our in-depth course explores the roles and functions of packaging, legislation, and the impact of packaging on the environment.  It prepares you to take responsiblity for packaging operations and can lead to further study.

Why study towards this qualification?

If you don't have time to commit to the PIABC Level 5 Diploma in Packaging Technology or are unsure whether the full Diploma is for you, this course is an ideal way to start your learning and improve your knowledge and understanding of the packaging industry. 

Completion of this course will give you a highly regarded foundation degree level qualification and a stepping stone to further learning.  It will also provide the opporunity to hear from experts in their field and network with like-minded professionals.

Who is the course aimed at?

Our learners come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines but they all share a desire to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the packaging industry.
This is a Level 5 qualification (foundation degree level) so you should expect a challenging and rigourous course that explores the packaging industry in detail.  We would normally expect those wishing to undertake the course to have a minimum of 1 GCE A-level and 5 GCSEs at grade A–C, or equivalent, including one science subject, or to have previously graduated from our PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Packaging course.   Industrial experience can be used as an alternative to formal qualifications and we expect all learners to have good communication, numeracy and IT skills.

How can I study the course?

This is a four-day classroom-based course run from our Training Centre, The Boilerhouse, in Grantham, UK.

You will be studying alongside the students on our full PIABC Level 5 Diploma in Packaging Technology course and will have the chance to learn from experts in their fields and network with like-minded packaging professionals.

What does the course cover?

The PIABC Level 5 Award in Packaging for Today's World introduces you to the subject of packaging by examining what it is used for and what it does for the product and the user, both within its broad social, economic and marketing context, and meeting its specific functional and aesthetic requirements. Emphasis is placed on understanding product properties and the different and sometimes conflicting requirements and expectations at each stage of the life of the product, and thus deriving packaging solutions to meet these requirements and expectations. Factors which affect the safety and legality of packed products are considered, along with ways of ensuring compliance, and the need to recognise and address environmental impact. This cousre also explores the impact of packaging on the environment.

How long does the course take to complete?

The classroom element of the course is four consecutive days and we usually run courses twice a year in the spring and autumn.  We would then also expect you to do some wider reading around the subject and of course, revision for your exam. We recommend that this course should take 6 to 12 months to complete.

How is the course assessed?

This qualification is assessed through one three-hour formal examination, which you would normally sit in Grantham.  PIABC runs exams twice a year in June and November and this exam is usually on the Wednesday morning of exam week.

The PIABC fee covers your registration with the awarding body, one sitting of the exam and certification.  If you do not pass first time, you can sit again but a resit fee will apply.

How much does the course cost?

The course fee is £995 (+VAT at 20% where applicable) which includes includes lunch and refreshments during the four days of face to face teaching.

There is an additional fee of £125 (VAT free) for your registration with the awarding body PIABC.

IOM3 members and subscribers to Module 2 of our Business Partner Programme are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee.


Register to attend the classroom-based PIABC Level 5 Award in Packaging for Today's World course which will be running in Grantham from Monday 07 to Thursday 10 March 2022