Institute of Packaging (South Africa)


The Institute of Packaging South Africa
Launched in 1970 as an association of individuals engaged in the packaging industry the Institute of Packaging, South Africa (IPSA) aims to promote high standards and professionalism in the packaging industry.

IPSA provides opportunities for networking amongst its members, and education opportunities, and promotes the recognition of packaging as a profession.

Regular regional meetings include formal speaker presentations, factory visits and social events - which all members within that region are welcome to attend.

IPSA also convenes and hosts an Annual National Packaging Congress.

Outstanding achievements in packaging are recognised by the IPSA Gold Pack Awards, which are aimed at industry level.

The IPSA Student Gold Pack Awards are used both as an educational tool and to promote packaging as a career amongst students of different disciplines.  See more under LATEST NEWS below.

IPSA offers a three-tier trianing programme. The Introdcution to Packaging Technology short course, the One Year Diploma in Packaging Technology and the Advanced Packaging Technology Programme. These courses provide specialised training in the field of packaging at differing skill and experience levels.

The regularly updated IPSA Handbook of Packaging Technology is the student’s prescribed textbook as well as a most useful and comprehensive reference for packaging professionals.  This text book is widely respected in other countries of the world.

IPSA is a full member of the World Packaging Organisation.

For a direct link to the IPSA website click here or on the IPSA logo




IPSA felt the need to develop a higher level educational programme to that provided at present by its very well supported ONE YEAR DIPLOMA IN PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY, so introducted an ADVANCED PACKAGING PROGRAMME, in 2012.

This is open only to graduates of IPSA One Year Diploma but persons not qualifying in this respect will be considered if they have suitable other qualifications or experience which it is felt would qualify them for this advanced level of (packaging) learning.

The advanced programme is offered in rotation only once in every three (3) years in the various major centres of the Republic of South Africa, namely, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. 

The pilot course is being offered in Durban in 2012 and is nearing completion.  Report back from students participating indicate that this has been a most valuable learning experience, and enquiries are already being received from far and wide concerning the next course.

The intensitive and interactive nature of the programme means it is open only to attendance students.  Lectures are held in the evenings twice weekly to accommodate


The Institute's One Year Diploma Course has a practical component which extends over a period of approximately 6 months, during which students work on their projects applying what they have learned / are learning as part of their studies.  The purpose of this practical component is to assess to what degree the stduent can apply what they have learned.

Students are required initially at the commencement of the practical component to choose one of three briefs These briefs are determined annually and are accessed through a Student Gold Pack website, which contains additionally helpful hints on how to approach their assignments, and the rules and entry forms etc.   To view this website, you will need to login and provide a username, and the web address is

Generous prizes and industry recognition are awarded to winning students, and they are recognised and named, and awarded their prizes, and at annual Student Gold Pack 'banquet', to which all student finalists are invited, as well as industry leaders, sponsors, and IPSA educational personnel.

The SGP competition was initially devoted to packaging students of the institute's one year diploma, but has evolved over the last few years and now offers a Design section as well as a Food Packaging section.  The latter categories attract entries from various formal educational institutions - e.g. colleges, universities and design schools.

More information may also be gained from visiting IPSA's website :