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ACerS online courses provide instruction in ceramic science technology—available in formats that make it easy for individuals to learn and cost-effective for companies to train their employees.

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This course is designed to offer broad, in-depth coverage of all segments of ceramic manufacturing.

Available as a Pre-recorded course

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The course is designed for those working in some way with ceramics who need a foundational understanding of ceramic materials, manufacturing, and applications.

Available as a pre-recorded option.

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This course is an introduction to the fundamental properties of all classes of refractories.

Available as a pre-recorded course

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This course provides an introduction to statistical process control (SPC) and its application to ceramic processing.

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 Available as a pre-recorded course


This course provides a better understanding of how to use X-ray diffraction to characterize ceramics and how to visualize diffraction data and outcomes using advanced software packages.

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Available as a pre-recorded option

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This course offers basic knowledge of all common types of refractories, including raw materials, chemistry, processing, and important properties.

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Available as a pre-recorded course

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This course focuses on the variables that control suspension properties, analytical tools to decipher defect causes, and troubleshooting manufacturing problems associated with raw material variations, rheology excursions, and processing problems.

Available as a pre-recorded course

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drying ceramics

This course explores the types of dryers, psychrometry of humid air mixtures, and how to control the elements of drying operations.

Available as a pre-recorded course

This course is available on our new user-friendly platform!

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This course covers the process of manufacturing glazes for ceramics, from raw materials to testing procedures, glaze production to defect analysis.

Available as a pre-recorded course

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CTT-Refractory and glass news

An intensive combination of classroom lectures and live laboratory demonstrations that address the thermal properties of refractories

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This six-day online course will cover the principles and practices in sintering,

The next live, online course begins September 27!

Firing tunnel kiln

This recorded course will equip students to use modern technology to understand the relationship between chemical and physical processes within the ceramic as it is being fired, so as to optimize the firing process and to attain characteristics given in published or proprietary standards. The course also provides practical information on combustion systems and kiln control.

Available as a pre-recorded course

phase diagram for ceramic systems

Gain practical understanding of the value and use of phase diagrams in ceramic technology, whether you have a background in their use or not.

Available as a pre-recorded course

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This 3 day (9 hour) course will offer an introduction to machine learning applied to glass science & engineering with a hands-on tutorial.

The next live, online course begins October 17!

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07-13 glass vials

This 6 day (18 hour) course combines live online lectures and laboratory demonstrations and addresses most of the significant properties of glass, both theoretically and experimentally.

Currently unavailable

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02-19 steel ladle

This Orton online course addresses most of the significant topics in the field of refractories, both theoretically and experimentally. Includes 24 hours of instruction.

Available as a pre-recorded course

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This course covers the science behind advanced ceramic materials; properties and applications; and the challenges and opportunities

The next live, online course begins September 20, 2022!

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Worker pouring liquid metal into crucible.

This course is an introduction to the field of refractory technology.

The next live, online course begins September 15, 2022!

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Choose your course and 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.)

Pre-recorded enrollment

Prefer to learn at your own pace or on your own time? Select courses are available for purchase and 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.

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Employees of ACerS Corporate Partners receive the discounted Individual Member rate. Sapphire Corporate Partners receive an additional 20% discount; Diamond Corporate Partners receive an additional 30% discount. Please contact Customer Service or 614-890-4700 to register employees at the discounted Corporate Partner rates.

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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."