THE NETHERLANDS, Gouda. On 26 June, the graduation ceremony for NVC Packaging Professionals took place in Gouda, hometown of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. Twenty-two business students passed the exam and can now be referred to as NVC Packaging Professional.
NVC Packaging Professionals provide an essential contribution to the development of packaging worldwide, both in the business sector and in government bodies and research institutes. The new graduates are included in the Register NVC Packaging Professionals, which now holds 650 names.
The examination is managed by the independent Stichting NVC Examens under the supervision of the Netherlands Business Exam Authority (Stichting Examenkamer). The Diplomas are internationally characterised in terms of the European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning EQF with EQF5 and EQF6 levels. The EQF is a common European reference framework used to compare professional qualifications within Europe. The eight European reference levels (EQF1-8) are defined on the basis of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. The desired learning results are derived from the various (packaging) job descriptions.
On the basis of the EQF characteristics, internationally operating companies (retailers, manufacturers, suppliers of packaging, etc.) know better which packaging professionals have the desired level. This helps to attract and retain qualified personnel. Packaging professionals increase their employability in the internationalising and flexibilising labor market as they can refer to the independent examination and the EQF level of their resulting diploma.
On 26 September 2018, a new group of NVC Course Programme in Packaging I will start. The NVC Course Programme in Packaging II will start again on 19 September 2018. The exams take place twice a year, usually in January and in April.