On-line Training Course | Fundamentals of Plastic in Packaging

Date: March 25, 2021

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm




This course will build your understanding of plastics materials and processing - helping you avoid common errors made when selecting the most suitable polymer. The course gives a good account of the importance of plastics and the part they play in packaging. It is not imperative to have had any prior knowledge of polymers or chemistry as the course is structured to accommodate someone with little prior knowledge to the packaging industry as well as those who are new to plastics.

By the completion of the training, you will feel more confident in material selection, have a better knowledge of application, e.g. melting points, etc. and certainly a good understanding of what the various recycling symbols mean. As an additional feature attendees are invited to bring along problem examples or product failures for general discussion or private consultation.


The key objectives of this training is to gain a good understanding of:

  • Molecular structure of the main stream plastics used in packaging
  • The difference between thermosets and thermoplastics
  • How to establish what polymer is being used
  • Have a good understanding of the mainstream plastics used in Packaging
  • Understand the recycling symbols and what they mean to the industry and the consumer
  • How does one convert a plastic from raw material to a finished component
  • Get an understanding of plastic applications in the industry
  • Discuss problems and find solutions to plastic issues


Packaging Technologists (who are looking for the fundamentals of packaging), Commercial staff, Production & Manufacturing staff, R&D staff, Engineering staff, Continuous Improvement staff, Logistic and Supply Chain staff, Technical Sales staff, Quality division staff.


Prof Pierre Pienaar MSc, FAIP, CPP

Education Director - Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)

President - World Packaging Organisation (WPO)


Pierre has a Master of Science Degree (Packaging Engineering/ Technology) from Brunel University, UK. He also has a Master of Manufacturing and Production Degree from University of Hertfordshire, UK. He holds a Professorship in Packaging Science and is a registered Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) in over 60 countries.


He is a Past President of the AIP and IPSA, a Fellow of the AIP, an Honorary Life Member of IPSA and a Member of the AIFST.


Via Zoom


9.00 am - 1.00 pm (AEDT)


AUD $250 + GST - AIP Members

AUD $300 + GST - Members of |AFGC | AIFST |APCO | FIAL | FOOD SA | FPLMA | SPE

AUD $350 + GST - Non-Members


NB: A Tax Invoice will be sent upon receipt of your booking. Printed Training Course notes will be provided to each participant for future reference and use. Should you wish to cancel your registration after the printed training notes have been mailed, you will be required to return the notes (unopened), at your expense, to the AIP. The notes are not to be copied or distributed. NO CANCELLATIONS will be accepted after Friday the 19th of March 2020.  Replacements will however be accepted.


*All AIP training courses are internationally recognised and approved to attain Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) points.


.*CPE points are used to maintain your Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) credential..





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