The Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology course was developed by The International Clay Technology Association (ICTa), in collaboration with the Training Academy and it leads to a formal qualification, awarded by PIABC. The course is perfect for those wishing to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the heavy clay industry and demonstrate their commitment to their career development.
In addition to receiving a formal qualification, those completing the course are eligible for technician membership of the Institute and EngTech registration from Engineering Council.
Who should study towards the PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology?
The PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology is aimed at employees in a Team Leader role or above within all Manufacturing Operations (Production, Technical, Engineering) and anyone aspiring to future progression within a technical management role in the Heavy Clay Industry.
The course will help broaden the technical knowledge of those working in the clay technology industries.
How can I study the course?
The PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology course is a blended learning course where distance learning using the coures materials provided, is supplemented by a number of face-to-face learning sessions.
The Induction Day must be attended by all students as workbooks and course materials are handed out and explained at the start of the course. It is expected that your Mentor also attends the day as they will receive important information on how to do their part effectively.
About half way through the course there is a two-day workshop. Although this is non-mandatory it is highly recommended. The workship includes a number of lectures, several factory tours and a fantastic opportunity to network with like minded people from different factories and companies. You must have your own transport to travel between the workshop venues and it is essential that you bring your own PPE. There is an additional charge to cover the costs of meals and refreshements and overnight accommodation.
Throughout the course there are assignments to be completed and submitted. Although these do not count towards your final assessment, they are a valuable way of testing your learning and getting feedback on areas where you are dong well and areas which you may need to work on further.
Towards the end of the course, the Mock Exam day provides an opportunity to check your learning and further enhance your understanding of the course topics. In the morning there is a mock exam and after lunch you will go through the paper with the cousre tutors who can explain anything that isn’t quite understood. Again, this is not mandatory you will miss out on a great opportunity to test yourself and prepare for the final assessment, which takes the form of a 3-hour written exam.
How long does the course take to complete?
How is the course structured?
The PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology course is comprised of 10 compulsory units.
- Unit 1: Introduction to the Industry
- Unit 2: Clay Science
Characteristics and functional properties of raw materials
Effects of additives
- Unit 3: Extraction
Site assessment and evaluation
Extraction and transportation of raw material
- Unit 4: Clay Preparation
Raw material preparation
- Unit 5: Forming & Setting
- Unit 6: Packaging & Distribution
Handling Equipment & Transport
- Unit 7: Drying
How dryers operate
Effects of drying
- Unit 8: Kilns & Firing
Operating a kiln
Effects of firing
- Unit 9: Control Systems
The importance of continuous improvement
Final product testing
- Unit 10: Quality, Sustainability & Management Systems
How is the course assessed?
Watch this space for the launch of the 2023 course