NVC Course Programme in Packaging I - middle management (Classroom and company visits)

The course

The course programme provides you with a thorough knowledge of the production of packages, the properties and (im)possibilities of packaging materials and the many factors that are important for the adequate use of packages in the packaging process. At the end of the course programme you will be able to analyse the vulnerabilities of the product and, based on this, to determine the right packaging format. You will also learn to identify improvements and/or cost savings through functional analyses of packages and product.

During the course programme, you will visit production sites of packaging materials, allowing you to actually experience the packaging production processes in practice.

The course programme days take place in blocks of three consecutive days per month.

Throughout the course programme, you will be supported by the NVC Online learning environment, so you will have the teaching materials, curriculum, preparations and practice questions at your disposal online at all times. In addition to the live physical lessons and company study visits, you can therefore study the material again at any time and at any location.
Click here to experience the online learning environment.

Of course, you can also contact your NVC contact person for your questions during the course.

The training language is business English in order to maximise the effectiveness of functioning in the business organisation and because a substantial amount of packaging terminology and literature is in English. This means that both teaching materials, assignments and lessons are in English. When using English, the level of language proficiency of the business students is taken into account and in general this goes well. If you are in doubt about your language proficiency, please contact us.

For whom?

The course programme is intended for those who are (partly) responsible for the business decisions concerning the packaging process (production, engineering), or the design of packaging and/or the choices for packaging materials and packaging machines.

In their work, they need a holistic view of packaging in combination with the cognitive and practical skills to successfully find creative and applicable solutions to the packaging issues that the organisation is facing. They often work in the packer-filler industry, at retailers or at suppliers of packages, packaging machines or related services (design, printing, labelling, logistics, QA, etc.).

In terms of job descriptions, included are product developers, packaging developers, packaging managers, packaging technologists, account managers (at packaging and machine suppliers, suppliers), packaging coordinators, private label managers, materials engineers, and quality assurance technologists.

More than 600 business professionals have now completed their training and obtained the international EQF5 Referenced Diploma NVC Packaging Professional.

For more information, contact Oscar Faber at o.faber@nvc.nl or Irma Walstra at education@nvc.nl or call: +31-(0)182-512411.


Product packaging combinations (3 days)
The impact of products on the choice of packaging material and the impact of packaging materials on the product is the core topic of this education programme. Starting points are use -  and product functionalities. You gain insight into the various players in the packaging process and into the requirements for a packaging throughout the entire supply chain of packaged products.

These subjects will be taught in the following lessons:

  • Functionalities of packaging (1 day)
  • Vulnerabilities of products (1 day)
  • Testing methods (0,5 day)
  • Durable and dangerous goods (0,5 day)

Packaging materials (12,5 days)
Specific characteristics and behaviour of packaging materials affect product packaging combinations. Knowledge and understanding of these materials offers the opportunity to find more efficient packaging solutions and implement cost savings.

These subjects will be taught in the following lessons:

  • Wood (0,5 day)
  • Paper and board (2 days)
  • Metal (1 day)
  • Plastics (rigid and flexible) (4,5 days)
  • Biopolymers (0,5 day)
  • Glass (1 day)
  • Printing techniques (1 day)
  • Adhesives (2 day)
  • Specifications (1 day)

Legislation and regulation (1,5 day)
Specific laws, regulations and directives are applicable in the supply chain of packaged products. These implicate consequences for e.g. transportation, marketing and storage of packaged products. The education programme focusses on dealing with and complying to these laws and regulations, including labelling requirements and the Essential Requirements.

These subjects will be taught in the following lessons:

  • Essential requirements, packaging and environment (0,5 day)
  • Legislation of food contact materials and labelling legislation (0,5 day)
  • Hazardous substances (0,5 day)

Processes (2,5 days)
Various elements such as legislation, characteristics of materials and functionalities of packaging come together in these lessons and provide insight into the integral process of packaging. Packaging machines, dosing and closing processes are discussed, and afterwards you are familiar with packaging lines and you know what machines to use for which purpose.

These subjects will be taught in the following lessons:

  • Machine techniques (2 days)
  • Packaging Processes (0,5 day)

Business administration (2,5 days)
Besides production and the more technical aspects of packaging processes, business aspects of packaged products  have to be taken into account as well. This education programme focusses on the market value of packaging, distribution and cost saving throughout the supply chain of packaged products.

These subjects will be taught in the following lessons:

  • Marketing perception (1 day)
  • Cost savings (0,5 day)
  • Distribution (1 day)

Exam practicing (1 day)
During the last day of the course programme students will be prepared for the exam with class room assignments, examples of exam questions and questions of students.

For more information about the programme, please contact Oscar Faber.

Corona proof

The course programme is fully Corona Proof which means that the course programme (both lessons in a physical classroom and company study visits) takes place in accordance with RIVM (Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment) guidelines.


The course programme consists of 23 days over a ten-months period of time. The lessons and corresponding company visits are scheduled in blocks of three consecutive days per month.
Time table on Wednessdays and Thursdays from 09:30AM until 4:00PM and on Fridays from 8:30AM until 3:00PM.

Starting date

24 Mar 2021

NVC Course Programme in Packaging I - middle management (Classroom and company visits)

For an overview of the course dates please click here.
Costs NVC members: € 7.450,00 Costs non-members: € 8.850,00

International students can make use of the NVC full-service arrangement. Hotel, dinner and transfer to and from the locations and company visits are included in this arrangement. For more information, please contact the NVC association office.


The course programme is followed by the independent EQF5 (European Qualifications Framework) referenced international exam. Upon passing, you will receive the diploma NVC Packaging Professional I.

Graduates are included in the Register of NVC Packaging Professionals. For more information about this register, please contact Oscar Faber.

Tutors and education team

Our tutors are professionally active in the specific packaging fields of the course programme, which enables all the newest issues and developments to be quickly incorporated into the lessons. You will be guided by the tutors during the lessons, they know your business and create connections between theory and your business cases.

For all your questions before and during the course programme, you can contact our education team:

Oscar Faber
Individual study advice

Irma Walstra
Education support



NVC members pay €7.450,00. Non-members pay €8.850,00. If you want to know more about the NVC membership, please click here.

Costs include coffee/tea, lunch and the hand-outs, but do not include VAT, accommodation and travel costs and examination costs.
International students can make use of the NVC full-service arrangement. Hotel, dinners and transfer to and from the locations and company visits are included in this arrangement. For this, please contact the NVC association office.

Examination costs: € 475.00 excluding VAT.


"The NVC Course Programme in Packaging I teaches you the fundamentals and the company visits are certainly a valuable part of the course programme.
Now and again I use the course materials as a reference, and they have been extremely helpful."

Packaging innovation technologist

"The NVC Course Programme in Packaging I requires the selfdiscipline to study. You learn in detail about materials, products and processes. But I was well able to combine this course programme with a full-time job and my young family. Thanks in part to the Course Programme, I am now Packaging Manager, responsible for packaging procurement, and I’ve now moved onto the second level."
Packaging Manager

"My fellow students from the NVC Course Programmes in Packaging I and II are now a valuable part of my network. We enjoy in-depth contact thanks to the many NVC activities and stay in touch continuously through the NVC LinkedIn Group."
New Product Quality Engineer

More information?

If you have any questions about the course programme and/or would like more information, please contact us. We can also share with you one or more of the many positive business references worldwide. Contact us at education@nvc.nl or telephone: +31-(0)182-512411.

Preview course

During the course programme you have access to the NVC online learning environment (learningatnvc.nl). This way you always have online access to the educational materials, the schedule of the lessons in the course programme and instructions for preparation and exercises. This enables you in studying wherever and whenever you like before, during and in between the lessons. Click here to experience a preview of this online learning environment.