EQIPT Course Outline

Benefits to the Business

  • Competent staff
  • Provide confidence to packaging companies under evaluation
  • Best practice to maximise efficiency and profit
  • Access the experience of the industry

Benefits to the Individual

  • A recognised, professional qualification
  • Enhance your career path
  • Great networking opportunities
  • Broaden and deepen your knowledge and skills
  • Membership of a Chartered professional organisation

Aim

To assist auditors without a formal technical packaging qualification, meet the requirements for qualifications and training set out in the protocol to the Standard.

Training Objectives

To provide a brief background and overview to packaging standards  

To provide a thorough understanding of the manufacturing and converting of packaging materials, methods, processes and practices which will inform the work of packaging auditors

In particular, to provide an understanding of the possible problems inherent in manufacturing and converting packaging materials and their implications for the quality, hygiene and safety of the packed product in the market place.

To provide confidence to packaging companies under evaluation and certification bodies that the auditor is competent in packaging technology and has a level of familiarity with the packaging industry.

Auditors of the BRC/IOP Standard must also attend a BRC/IOP Global Packaging Standard awareness-training course. These may be run to follow the EQIPT course. For more details see www.brctrainingacademy.com/

Syllabus

The course is based on the syllabus of the PIABC Diploma in Packaging Technology qualification and the auditing requirements of the BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials. Issue 5.

Examined Unit

1. Overview of packaging standards and an introduction to the role and functions of packaging including an overview of the packaging industry
2. Quality standards, specifications and legislation
3. Packaging materials and packaging material conversion processes
4. Printing and other decoration of packaging

Optional Units

Assignment Unit 1 – Glass Packaging

Types of glass container, (bottles, jars and pots, decanters and glass closures, tumblers, ampoules, ceramic bottles, jars and decanters).  Properties, design, materials used, manufacture including coatings, decoration including inks and varnishes, quality standards, defects and risks.

Assignment Unit 2 – Rigid Plastic Packaging

Types of rigid plastics. (Bottles and jars, caps and closures, tubes. Preforms, injection/extrusion moulded components, thermoformed trays, tubs and pots, buckets and pails, bulk containers, in-mould labelled containers). Properties, design, materials used, manufacture including coatings, decoration including inks and varnishes, quality standards, defects and risks.

Assignment Unit 3 – Flexible Plastic Packaging

Cast and blown plastic film, including vacuum metallised films and labels. Multi-ply laminates of combinations of paper, plastics and aluminium foil. Flexible intermediate bulk containers. Regenerated cellulose film. Plastic bags, pouches and sachets and non-edible casings). Properties, design, materials used, manufacture including coatings, decoration including inks and varnishes, quality standards, defects and risks.

Assignment Unit 4 – Paper, Paperboard, Corrugated and Wood Packaging

Paper, including liners, cartonboard and corrugated board. Paper bags and sacks. Paper labels, tags and neck collars. Solid and corrugated board cartons and sleeves. Liquid-containing cartons. Layer pads. Corrugated cases, trays and fitments. Pulp and bagasse, fibre-based trays. Paper containers, paper cups, spirally wound tubes. Cutting, creasing and gluing of corrugated, sheet or reel-fed paper and board.Pallets, boxes and crates, decorative wooden boxes, Wood for food and cosmetic use, wooden utensils (e.g. for lollipops). Natural cork, rubber. Hessian sacks, jute products, woven string (plastic or cotton)
Properties, design, materials used, manufacture including coatings, decoration including inks and varnishes, quality standards, defects and risks.

Assignment Unit 5 – Metal Packaging

Steel and aluminium containers, eg cans, aerosol containers and metal tubes. Closures eg RO/ROPP and crowns. Aluminium foil, foil trays and containers
Properties, design, materials used, manufacture including coatings, decoration including inks and varnishes, quality standards, defects and risks.

Each of the assignment units will review quality, hygiene and safety factors which could compromise the performance of the finished packed product in the market place.

This includes performance of packaging materials in storage and distribution to the packer/filler. On the packaging line during storage, distribution, sale and consumer use of the packed product. The disposal of the packaging material must also be considered. Study of each material and process will include all stages from supply of raw materials to the shipment of finished materials to the packer/filler. 

Online Learning Course - Access the course materials via the online learning site. Study at work, at home or wherever, in your own time and at your own speed.

Use the latest online learning technology to access course materials and tutor support to complete the EQIPT qualification. No matter where you live, studying for EQIPT has never been easier.

Access to the course is through an online learning site.  It allows you to study towards the qualification anywhere across the globe at the click of a mouse.

Online learning is a convenient study option for individuals who require the flexibility to fit study around their existing personal and professional commitments, whilst at the same time offering online tutor support.

Fees

Online Learning course

Course fee £1500 + VAT*

This fee includes:

  • Access to the online course materials
  • Packaging Technology - Fundamentals, Materials and Processes textbook
  • On-line tutor support
  • Examination fees
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Affiliate Membership for one year from the date of registration.

Not included:

  • Examination resit fees

* If applicable, please note some elements of the course fee do not include VAT.

The qualification is quality assured by PIABC which is recognised as an awarding body in the UK by Ofqual (the UK Government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

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Packaging courses are developed in conjunction with and endorsed by the Packaging Society, a division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining.