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PIABC Level 3 Certificate in Clay Technology

The Technical Certificate in Clay Technology course has been developed by the International Clay Technology Association (ICTa) in conjunction with Proskills, and is endorsed by The Ceramics Society and The Institute of Materials Minerals & Mining. The course has recently been updated and will now be administered by the IOM3 Training Department from our Grantham Centre.

Who is the course aimed at?

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 any candidates aspiring to future progression within a technical management role within the Heavy Clay Industry.

The course will help broaden the technical knowledge of those working in the clay technology industries.

Provides a route towards a qualification recognised by ICTa.

The Certificate in Clay Technology courses have been accredited by IOM3 on behalf of the Engineering Council. Successful Level 3 students are able to become Technician grade members of IOM3 and apply for Eng Tech grade registration with the Engineering Council.

Course Structure

The Level 3 course is delivered mainly on a distance learning basis using course material. This is complimented by a taught induction day, a two day workshop (Additional Charge) and a mock exam day.

Induction Day must be attended by all students as part of the course as workbooks and course material will be given out at this point.  It is expected that your Mentor also attends the day as they will receive important information on how to do their part effectively. 

Two Day Workshop includes all refreshments including lunch on Tuesday, Dinner Tuesday evening, bed, breakfast and lunch on the Wednesday.  Students must have their own transport organised to both arrive and to drive between locations.  PPE must be brought as there will be tours of different factories and sites as part of the course.  All delegates must stay until lunch on the Wednesday.  It isn’t mandatory to attend but it is a great benefit to learning to be able to see and ask questions on the visits and of the Tutors. 

The Mock Exam is the perfect way to see just how much you have learnt and to find out what you still need to learn.  The morning is taking the exam and the afternoon is then spent going through it and explaining anything that isn’t quite understood.  You will have the chance to ask questions and clear up anything that is still unclear.  It isn’t mandatory to attend but again you will miss out on a great opportunity to test yourself.

There are 5 assignments throughout the duration of the course. leading to a written examination.

As a condition of entry students must be allocated an in work mentor, this role provides you with support and will be their first point of contact.

The course is accredited by PIABC Limited which is a specialist awarding body with a suite of regulated and nationally recognised qualifications in the materials cycle

Study Units

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Industry

Main Sectors, Brief History, Stakeholders

  • Unit 2: Clay Science

Characteristics and functional properties of raw materials; Chemical constituents; Effects of additives.

  • Unit 3: Extraction

Site assessment and evaluation; Extraction and transportation of raw material; Environmental impact;

  • Unit 4: Clay Preparation

Raw material preparation;

  • Unit 5: Forming & Setting

Forming processes.

  • 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; Process trials; Final product testing

  • Unit 10: Quality, Sustainability & Management Systems

Quality control process;

These activities are approved for Professional Development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Clay Technology training is delivered by IOM Communications Ltd and endorsed by The International Clay Technology Association, a Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.