The Diploma in Design & Specification of Plastics was developed by Plastics NZ to meet the ongoing need to build skills in designing and developing products within the Industry. It is delivered by Industry Experts and topics include plastics and its performance, plastics design & sustainability, and the chemistry of plastics and its properties. The diploma is a four part, seven day course held twice a year in Auckland.

The newly revised and updated Plastics New Zealand Diploma in Design and Specification of Plastics (DDSP) will equip attendees to succeed in their careers within the Industry.

To find out the next semester start dates please check our Current Training Opportunities page.

The courses that make up the diploma are primarily aimed at employees of manufacturing and supply companies (raw materials design, tooling and machinery) or sales, marketing, brand owners and designers who make use of plastic components in a range of end use applications.

Course content includes:

  • DDSP Introduction (1 day)

  • DDSP Polymers (2 days)

  • DDSP Processing (2 days)

  • DDSP Design (2 Days)

Each course part will have an assignment to be completed within one month of the course date.

Download our DDSP Information Pack to find out more about the specific course.

Courses currently run twice a year.  For information on dates or to register for a course please visit our Current Training Opportunities page. Alternatively you can send queries for information on the Diploma in Design & Specification to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note: The diploma is awarded by Plastics New Zealand and is not registered on the NZQA framework. This course cannot be done extramurally or online. It can be completed in one semester or over a period of semesters.

We recommend "Know Your Plastics" published by the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association of Australia. Please refer to the Recommended Reference Materials to order this book through Plastics New Zealand. You can also view other books that are recommended, that are available to purchase through Amazon.

"The DDSP course simplifies the varied complexities of polymers with the help of competent lecturers, great content and practical examples. The quality of the course is unparalleled and the learning outcomes can be easily applied to real life situations. A course worth attending for all polymer and non-polymer lovers!" – Huzaifa Mohsinally (DEC Plastics – New Product Development Manager)