NVC Introduction Course on Packaging (Classroom and company visits)

The course

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.

This course will take place at the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre in Gouda, the Netherlands and on site (company visits). The primary course language is Dutch, however depending on the demand the course may be offered in English as well. Please contact Oscar Faber for this.

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 NVC Introduction Course is the choice for employees whose job is requiring widely applicable knowledge on packaging and packaging materials.
Don't hesitate to contact Oscar Faber for references and previous participants.


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? Material choices?


Our tutors are professionally active in this specific field, which enables all the newest issues and developments to be quickly incorporated into the course programme.



During the course you work on an assignment about the life cycle of the packaging of a product of your own choice. If you receive a passing grade for your assignment, you receive the NVC certificate 'NVC Introduction Course on Packaging’.



The next course starts on 07 May 2019.

The duration for the course is 4 weeks; one study day per week 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.