Canadian Packaging

PAC Education


January 15, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff

The IMPACT article in the April 2008 issue of Canadian Packaging, entitled: The Nature of Perfection is Learning, focuses on PAC’s education programs and related activities. And encapsulating the Association’s vision when it comes to education is its catch phrase: Preparing Tomorrow’s Packaging Leaders Today. For four decades, the Packaging Association of Canada has enjoyed a proud reputation for training top packaging professionals in various disciplines. In fact, since 1980 more than 2,000 packaging experts have graduated from the PAC Packaging Certificate Course.

What is particularly noteworthy is that the PAC Certificate Program has now been updated and is offered in “module form.” However, as in the past we have retained a class favourite: at least one plant tour per module.

With four education modules available (each module specific to a product, process or subject matter), participants have the option to register for one or several modules to suit busy schedules or to meet particular needs.

The modules are broken into specific areas surrounding various disciplines:
Module One: graphic design, colour perception, printing prepress, packaging printing methods, product barcodes, perspective on packaging, and food preservation.

Module Two: plastic and polymers with an introduction to polymers, polymer chemistry for non-chemists, common packaging polymers, property comparisons, sheet and film extrusion, flexible packaging laminates, injection moulding plastic, blow moulding plastic and plastic bottle design basics.

Module Three: sustainability basics, packaging adhesives, aerosols and metal cans, glass packaging, paper and paperboard, folding cartons, closures and specialty package designs.

Module Four: packaging and the law, corrugated packaging, distribution considerations, packaging equipment and packaging line layout concepts.

The course offers maximum flexibility. The four-module, 12-day certificate program can be taken either sequentially
in one term over four months, or in random order over an extended period. It is also possible to register for individual modules.

What is important is that the Certificate Program is offered throughout the academic year, with each three-day module or course-work equating to three credits.

Graduation requires 12 credits earned from taking modules one to four of the education program.
Sustainability and Food Safety remain high on the agenda with additional courses.

In addition to the Certificate Course, the PAC is cognizant of the importance of Sustainability and Food Safety in the workplace. With this in mind, the PAC Education program offers seminars on both these subjects that affect us all.

The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging (Module Five) was developed by the Sustainable Packing Coalition (SPC) based in Charlottesville, Virginia, in partnership with the PAC. The course has to date been delivered in six cities across North America to more than 250 students and over 150 companies. The overall survey results from the participants based on in-class assessments of both content and trainers, registered an unprecedented 8.7 out of 10 rating.

The PACsecure/HACCP for Packaging Seminar (Module Six) looks at becoming compliant with leading standards in food and beverage safety. The seminar has been developed by more than 70 packaging experts and in cooperation with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

More information on PAC Education Programs and Module content can be found by visiting:
www.pac.ca/education/pro.html