Education is critical to achieving the WPO’s mission of “Better quality of life through better packaging for more people”. This aspect is promoted and organized with leadership from the Education Committee.

Questions or comments regarding WPO's education initiatives can be submitted to

Education Committee

Through the Committee, packaging courses are organised and financially supported in those parts of the world where there is a lack of provision and a desperate need for greater expertise to help address problems of economic and social development. The Committee is also compiling a register of WPO-recognised courses so that those who are looking for “fit-for-purpose” education and training provision in different countries have a source to which they can turn. Packaging education has never been more critical to help ensure that the world’s resources are used as effectively and economically as possible and through its work the area, the WPO will make a significant contribution to improving knowledge and expertise.

Education Committee Members:

  • Aslihan Arikan, ASD, Turkey, Chairwoman Education Committee, VP Education WPO, 1st Vice President APF
  • Pierre Pienaar, President WPO
  • Johannes Bergmair, General Secretary WPO
  • Kishan Singh, IPSA, South Africa, Ambassador WPO
  • Ian Bowbrick, IOM3, United Kingdom
  • Oscar Faber, NVC, The Netherlands
  • Sabrina Zhao, CEPI, China
  • Ariana Susanti, IPF, Indonesia
  • Silvio Colombo, ENVASE, Argentina
  • Ahmad Alex Omah, IoPN, Nigeria
  • Joseph Nyongesa, IoPPK, Kenya
  • Afshin Fakhr, IRIP, Iran
  • Ahmad Albakri, RPI, Saudi Arabia

WPO’s Packaging Technology Training Course

WPO is offering 4-5 days long Packaging Technology Training Course amongst the member organisations. WPO aims a better quality of life through better packaging for more people. Therefore, education continues to thrive throughout WPO. The purpose of those training courses at the beginning is to increase and develop professional knowledge and competency of Packaging Industry employees, other colleagues in related industries and university students. Therefore, WPO established the 4 – 5 days long “Packaging Technology Programs”, expecting to plan technical trainings in order to meet the requirements of many member organizations around the world, mostly in the developing countries.

Packaging Technology continues to be WPO's flagship, with 350 students being trained in 2017. Training had taken place in China, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria and Vietnam.

With this perspective; “Planned Programs for 2018”:

1- Food Packaging Technology Training Course – Indonesia

2- Packaging Technology Training Program – Nigeria

3- Packaging Technology Training Program – China

4- Packaging Technology Training Program – Iran

5- Packaging Technology Training Program – Eastern Europe

Other education initiatives will be planned with the members of WPO in Asia, Africa, Central and South Americas, Eastern Europe.

Please contact for the training subjects including:

  • Packaging Technology
  • Food Packaging Technology
  • Advanced Packaging Technology
  • Quality Management

President Pierre Pienaar and Education Chair Aslihan Arikan giving WPO’s Packaging Technology Training course in Vietnam in 2017.

Ambassador Kishan Singh giving WPO’s Packaging Technology Training course in Iran in 2017.

Certified Packaging Professional Programs

WPO awards International Accreditation as a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) with the collaboration of member organisations.

Australia, Brazil, Ghana, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain and USA are involved countries. 

In order to have more information for the eligibility for CPP and becoming CPP accredited globally, please contact .

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