Materials Courses & Qualifications

Our Materials courses cover a wide range of topics and are suitable for those just starting out in the industry or simply wanting to expand their knowledge, to those wishing to undertake higher level learning. 

Our courses are available in the classroom, in your workplace, virtually or online and our tutors, who are experts from all materials sectors, will support you throughout your learning journey.  The majority of our courses last one day and are recognised for Continuing Professional Development, however, a small number are longer and lead to regulated qualifications.

If you would like to discuss how we can support you and your colleagues in developing your knowledge please get in touch

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General courses

These courses are suitable for those working in any area of materials.


Life Cycle Assessment

One-day course providing an insight into the principles of Life Cycle Assessment and how to interpret a report


Design for Sustainability & Circular Economy

One-day course introducing the main principles for designing for sustainability and circularity

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Lean Six Sigma

A management approach to business performance improvement that blends the individual specialisms of Lean and Six Sigma

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Metallurgy Courses

Our suite of courses highlights key aspects of the application of metals and they are suitable for those in the earlier stages of their career.  They are delivered in an accessible and engaging way and are very much focussed on practical side of things.  Learners will receive a certificate of attendance for each full course, but if you attend three you will earn an IOM3 Certificate in Metallurgy in Practice.

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Engineering Metallurgy

A one-day course exploring the basic concepts of metallurgy

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Introduction to Materials Selection

An introduction to the principles of materials selection for engineering applications

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Introduction to Mechanical Testing

An introduction of the principles of testing and its importance


Fracture and Fatigue Failure Analysis

Training for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the factors affecting failure modes and an introduction to failure analysis

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Introduction to Corrosion & Its Prevention

Focussing on the fundamentals of corrosion and how it can be prevented

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Introduction to Oilfield Metallurgy

Specialist metallurgical training for those working in the oil and gas sectors

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Metals processing courses

These courses are suitable for those with some experience and are focussed on particular aspects of metals processing.

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Designing & Building with Additive Manufacturing

A one-day practical guide for engineers


Hydrogen in Steelmaking - Challenges & Alternatives

One day course highlighting decarbonisation options for steelmakers

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Production of Defect Free Metals

Exploring the challenge of eliminating defects in metal manufacture for aerospace, power generation and hydrogen containment

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Practical Roll Pass Design

Short course on the classification and design of steel hot-rolled sections

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Asset Management, Maintenance & Reliability Suite

Asset management and maintenance (AMM) is fundamental to the optimal running of any engineering business.  Understanding and implementing a regular maintenance programme saves money and enables business risks to be managed.  Our courses can be taken as individual stand-alone courses, but learners attending all four are entitled to a discounted rate and will receive an IOM3 Certificate in Asset Management.

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Fundamentals of Asset Management

Discover what asset management involves and the business benefits of an effective strategy across all phases of the asset life cycle

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Maintenance Strategy Development

Develop the fundamental skills to develop an efficient and effective maintenance plan

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Reliability & Risk Based Maintenance

Develop the tools needed to build reliability into your maintenance programme

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Failure Investigation & Analysis

Develop the tools and methodologies to define the problem, identify the cause and implement a solution

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Engineering Structural Integrity Suite

Engineering structural integrity brings together the fields of materials science, structural engineering and many other disciplines to analyse whether a structure is fit for purpose.  We are delighted to be collaborating with FESI (Forum in Engineering Structural Integrity) on a number of initiatives which highlight some of the latest developments and demonstrate the importance of structural integrity.

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Critical Structural Integrity Challenges for Wind Energy in the UK

Exploring the materials and structural integrity challenges facing this growing industry

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Recent Developments in Additive Manufacturing

An overview of how 4D printing can be used to create complex geometries in high temperature alloys and ceramics on a nanoscale.

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Early Stages of Crack Development in Environmentally Assisted Cracking

Exploring the role of the dealloyed layer and corrosion pits as precursors to EAC.

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On the Fracture Toughness of Biological and Engineering Structural Materials

Investigating the interplay between strength and deformability in materials

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Materials and Structural Integrity Challenges for Offshore Wind Energy Systems

Improving materials to provide longer service, fewer inspections and reduced operational costs.

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Wood Technology Courses & Qualifications

Our wood technology training is designed to advance and encourage the scientific, technical, practical and general knowledge of timber and wood-based materials.

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PIABC Level 2 Award in Timber and Panel Products and their Uses

A distance learning course for those new to the wood industry or wishing to broaden their knowledge.

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PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Wood Technology and Application

A distance learning course for those that wish to develop their career in the wood industry further

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Specialist Wood Courses

Short courses on specific aspects of wood technology

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Heavy Clay Courses & Qualifications

Our Clay Training covers a wide range of topics and our courses are suitable for those just starting out in the industry or simply wanting to expand their knowledge, to those wishing to develop their learning further and Clay Quarry Managers needing to undertake regular training to maintain their CPD record. 

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PIABC Level 2 Award in Clay Technology

A perfect introduction to the Heavy Clay Industry for those with little or no practical experience

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PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology

A course for those wishing to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the heavy clay industry

Courses for Clay Quarry Managers

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Intermediate CQM Course

Two-day, level 3 course for clay quarry managers and assistant managers

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Advanced CQM Course

A two-day geotechnical knowledge & practice course for Clay Quarry Managers.

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CQM Effective Management of Contractors

One-day course to support Quarry Managers in the safe management of contractors.

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CQM Risk Assessment

One-day course to support quarry managers in carrying out simple risk assessments in the workplace.

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CQM Quarry Safety Inspections

One-day course to support Quarry Managers in the requirements, planning and performance of safety inspections

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Do you know that IOM3 Training Academy also runs a range of personal development courses to help you to improve those 'softer' skills that are important for career progression. Click below to find out more...    

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Lean Six Sigma

A management approach to business performance improvement that blends the individual specialisms of Lean and Six Sigma

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IOM3 Certificate in Management

The ideal course for people in or about to take up their first managerial or supervisory position


Career Acceleration

... or how to big yourself up at work! One-day course exploring how to take your career to the next level

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Workforce Sustainability

A one-day course focussing on how to develop sustainability in your workforce

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Coaching & Mentoring

A one-day course focussing on how you can become and effective coach or mentor

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Unconscious Bias and EDI Awareness

One-day course exploring how we can overcome unconscious bias and embrace equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace