Diploma in Packaging


The IBD’s Diploma in Packaging is the industry benchmark for the advanced technical packager. As a Diploma candidate, you will typically be working as a senior packager, team leader or in an operational management role within your plant.

You will be taught in-depth packaging science and technology. This qualification is split into three modules, each building on the knowledge gained through the Certificate level programme.

Module 1

Module 1 will cover packaging theory and materials, preparation of beer for packaging, line design and small pack operations.

Module 2

Module 2 will cover large pack operations, quality and operations management.

Module 3

Module 3 will cover the engineering aspects of packaging. Candidates will be assessed on topics such as heat transfer, fluid dynamics, process controls and more.

For a full breakdown of what candidates will be examined on, please find the syllabus below.


What will I achieve?

IBD qualifications are the most widely recognised packaging qualifications in the world. The Diploma in Packaging demonstrates to your employer your advanced, applied understanding of packaging science and technology in order to control the process to produce a high-quality and consistent product.

Obtaining this qualification allows you to use the 'Dipl. Pack' post-nominal.

How will I be supported?

This qualification is supported by PDF learning material for Modules 1 & 2 and an online interactive course for Module 3. The course will guide you through the packaging process using educational games and simulations, and test your knowledge with quizzes. 

Distance Learning

To assist you with getting a full understanding of the learning materials and to ensure you are well prepared for the examination, the IBD is pleased to offer a distance tutoring course for Diploma Packaging 1&2.

How it works:

  • There will be 5 x  2-hours sessions set up between 1st March and the end of May. Times will be set once the group is established and the best time slot identified.
  • All sessions will run via Zoom
  • You can send questions to the tutor prior to each session if there is something that you are having difficulty with.
  • An assignment is set after each session, which is based on the level of questions in the exams and which will be marked and individual feedback given.
  • Closing date for applications is 22nd February.
  • Price £720 per module

Tutor Guided Learning

Tutor Guide Learning is available for Module 3. These live online sessions run over 18 weeks from January to May, and cover the entire syllabus to ensure candidates fully understand the learning material and are well prepared for their professional exams. In addition to the live contact session each week, there is an active internet forum with the tutors. Classes are organised to suit different time zones and a maximum of 20 candidates work with their tutor.

Why choose the IBD?

The IBD provides the most widely recognised professional beverage qualifications in the world. We’ve been around since 1886 and have built a reputation for trust in the industry due to the quality of our learning material, support for learners and rigour of our exams.

Since we began professional qualifications in the 1950s, we have qualified over 100,000 brewers and distillers across the globe.