NVC Introduction Course on Packaging (Classroom and company visits)

The course

The NVC Introduction Course on Packaging (ICP) consists of a sophisticated compact combination of group lessons and five company visits. The participants obtain objective and up-to-date factual knowledge in combination with the experience and insight that go hand in hand with actually watching key production processes in the packaging field. The classroom lessons are supported by the NVC online learning environment. Therefore, students can always (re)study the lesson material at a different time or from a different location in addition to the face-to-face lessons.

After completing this course you have a clear image of the production of packaging materials and packaging products. You have insight in the most commonly used packaging materials, production processes, printing techniques and rules and regulations. With this knowledge you can communicate with suppliers, clients and colleagues more effectively.

More information?
Do you have questions and/or would you like to receive more information, please contact us. We can also go through the list of references. We can be reached via education@nvc.nl or +31-(0)182-512411.

For whom?

The ICP knowledge provides in particular managers with a non-packaging related education with an excellent insight for managing (new) activities where packaging plays a role, such as purchasing, sales, quality control, sustainability, marketing, design, production and logistics.

The course is the choice for employees who want to quickly and effectively supplement their expertise with the basic knowledge of packaging and packaging materials. After completing the course, they know the essence of what is going on in the broad field of packaging and have created a basis for following and understanding the future developments.


Day 1:

  • Definition of packaging
  • Vulnerabilities and functionalities
  • Supply chain insights
  • Market players
  • Packaging rules and regulations, food safety
  • Printing techniques
  • Overview of the most commonly used packaging materials

Day 2:

  • Characteristics of paper and board
  • External influences; moisture, light, time
  • Production and application of paper and board packaging
  • Production process of corrugated board, including company visit
  • Metal packaging and closures
  • Production and application of metal packaging
  • Production process of metal packaging, including company visit

Day 3:

  • Glass packaging; raw materials and melting process
  • Production and application of glass packaging
  • Production process of glass packaging, including company visit
  • Wooden crates, (F)IBC’s and pallets
  • Production process of pallets, including company visit

Day 4:

  • Basic structure of plastics, rigid and flexible plastic materials
  • Production and application of plastic packaging
  • Production process of flexible plastic packaging, including company visit
  • Case studies: How do you package a product? Which application does the packaging material have?


The ICP teachers are bilingual (Dutch and English), from October 2019 the teaching materials is in English and the lessons are basically given in easily accessible English.


Assignment and certificate

A final assignment is part of the ICP curriculum. The 1st edition must be submitted prior to the start of the course, the improved edition must be submitted two weeks after the last lesson.
If this assignment is assessed as sufficient, the student receives the certificate NVC Introduction Course on Packaging.


The next course starts on 07 May 2019.

The course consists of 4 course days from 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM (Paris Time Scale) on several different production sites in the Netherlands.


NVC members pay €1.715,00. Non-members pay €2.145,00. For more information about the NVC membership, please click here.

Fees include coffee/tea, lunch and course materials, excluding VAT, travel and accommodation expenses.


"It is an instructive course where you get a glimpse of the most commonly used packaging materials and packaging applications. A theoretical but also practical course; the lessons are given at production locations where you experience the topic of that day.
Well organised, clear documentation and skilled teachers."

Sales Engineer

"A very interesting and useful course which gives you an introduction in all the ins and outs of  packages and packaging processes. All kinds of packaging materials, from paperboard to metal to glass and more are discussed and the company visits combine theory and practice in a good and useful way. Exactly the course I needed for my fist steps in de world of packaging."
Commercial Manager

"I have experienced this course to be very useful.
Good examples from daily practice because of the many company visits. We visited a lot of packaging producers and because of those visits the course is applicable for many people.
No boring theory but a lot of practice."

Sales coordinator

More information?

Do you have questions and/or would you like to receive more information, please contact us. We can also go through the list of references. We can be reached via education@nvc.nl or +31-(0)182-512411.