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Convenient and cost-effective instruction

ACerS Online Learning Center offers courses in ceramic science technology, available in formats that make it easy for individuals to learn and cost-effective for companies to train their employees.

Course offerings

Choose your method of learning


Live open enrollment

Open to anyone with a computer and internet connection. All lessons are recorded in case you miss a lecture or want to review a lesson. (This option has specific start and end dates—check the schedule on the respective course page for exact dates.)

Recorded open enrollment

Prefer to learn at your own pace? Courses are proctored by the instructor so you can ask questions and complete homework assignments.

Live online company-customized enrollment *

For companies that want training exclusively for employees. The instructor will customize lessons to address the unique needs of the employees. Because enrollment is private and all recorded lectures are accessible only by student participants, the instructor can customize content that addresses job skills students need to improve.

Live onsite company-customized enrollment *

The instructor will come to your site for a week to teach your employees face to face. Lectures will not be recorded unless arranged with the instructor ahead of time. A great option for companies where employees need training and the ability to discuss sensitive information.

*Contact customer service to arrange scheduling and payment options.

Who will benefit

  • Engineers, especially those unfamiliar with ceramics
  • Plant operators, supervisors, maintenance, QA staff
  • R&D technicians
  • Sales and marketing staff
  • Those new to the ceramic industry

Register today!

Click the links to the course offerings above to learn more about each course and to register for the Live Open Enrollment or the Recorded Open Enrollment option.

Contact customer service at to discuss customized training options for your employees.

Don't have time for an in-depth online course?

Check out the variety of ACerS short courses here. From topics like rheology to sintering, machine learning to additive manufacturing, there's always time for an ACerS short course!

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What the students are saying...

"The program has provided me with tools that can help me improve the performance of my organization. I would recommend the program to others without reservation."

"Thank you, I truly learned a lot and really appreciated your insights and knowledge."

"Your experiences and anecdotes were always interesting and provided helpful insight into various facets of the industry."

"This course helped fill in some of the basic materials science concepts behind ceramic materials and crystal structures."

"This course has been extremely helpful in broadening my knowledge of ceramic science and can help me understand and possibly contribute to some of the issues my team runs into."

"This course will prove extremely helpful to me and to the people I interact with on a daily basis at work."

"...The questions we had to answer in the assignments were very beneficial and allowed me to learn more about my company and the processing that we do. It was very nice to see how the information from the lectures integrated with work."

Instructor bios


Carl Frahme, FACerS, owns a consulting firm focusing in three areas: technical and manufacturing consulting, education and training, and expert witness services. He also teaches material science as an adjunct for the University of Kansas. Frahme has more than 50 years of technical and educational experience and services.

Frahme holds a Ph.D. in ceramic sciences and engineering from Rutgers University.

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Denis Brosnan, P.E., FACerS, is a ceramic engineer specializing in processing, characterizing, and improving ceramic products while developing a specialization in forensic analysis. He is currently a consultant working on mineral issues, failure analysis, and historic materials characterization.

He previously taught courses in drying and firing of ceramics at Clemson University, worked for more than 20 years in industrial positions in refractories and technical ceramics, and coauthored the book Introduction to Drying of Ceramics.

Brosnan received the A. F. Greaves-Walker Award from the Society in 2016 and retired as the Bishop Endowed Chair Emeritus from Clemson University.

Brosnan holds a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Iowa State University.

Joseph Homeny

Joseph Homeny is technical director of the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation, Westerville, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Pennsylvania State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Rutgers University. He has industrial refractories experience in the research laboratories of the J.E. Baker Company and North American Refractories Company, and industrial glass experience at Owens Corning. Prior to joining Orton in 1992, he was a professor in the ceramic engineering department of University of Illinois. Homeny is active in the refractories and advanced ceramic committees of ASTM.