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.
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.
The PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology course is a blended learning course where distance learning uses the course materials provided.
The Induction session must be attended by all students and it is expected that your Mentor also attends the session 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, this will involve an additional cost and will need to be booked separately, more details will be available once you have registered and the course is underway.
As mentioned throughout the course there are a number 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.
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
Our PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology course costs £750 +VAT at 20% where applicable. IOM3 members and subscribers to our Business Partner Programme are entitled to a discount of 10% on the course fee.
There is an additional awarding body fee of £130 (VAT free). This covers your registration with PIABC, one sitting of the examination and certification on completion of the qualification.
Register to attend this distance learning course, starting on 15 September 2023