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Education and ICTa

ICTa's mission statement states that the Association will provide opportunities for members to broaden their professional outlook and skills.

The Education & Training Trust and Committee directs a variety of activities towards this end as follows:


The Certificate in Clay Tecnology has been developed by the International Clay Technology Association (ICTa) and is endorsed by The Ceramics Society and The Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining. The qualifications are accredited by PIABC  and are available at both Level 2 and 3

The courses have recently been updated and are being delivered by the IOM3 Training Academy from the Boilerhouse in Grantham. See for more details.

These courses are recognised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining under Engineering Council Guidelines.  Students gaining the level 3 qualification may be eligible for the  TIMMM professional qualification with IOM3 plus Eng Tech registration. For further details, please contact  or telephone +44 (0) 1476 515761

Foundation Degree and Diploma

ICTA in conjunction with the University of Derby have developed a Diploma in Clay Studies which is a one year distance learning course with occasional tuition weekends held at Derby University. The main subject areas covered include: clay evaluation & investigation; clay winning & preparation; clay forming; clay drying & firing; and business management.

In addition to the above, a Foundation Degree FdSc Clay Technology has been developed which is a three year distance learning course which in addition to the Diploma subjects, also covers: mineral products industry introduction; mathematics; engineering; industry technology and construction products technology.

For further details please contact the University of Derby  


Student Sponsorship

In order to encourage undergraduates to take up a career in the clay building products industry, the ICT may provide sponsorship to selected students. Placements with member companies also provides valuable work experience.

Overseas Study Tours

Study the manufacture and marketing of clay building products in other countries.

Details of the next tour will be featured on our events page.


IOM3 Training Academy
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
The Boilerhouse
Springfield Business Park
Caunt Road
NG31 7FZ
Tel: ++ 44 (0) 1476 513880