European Adhesive Specialist

The demands on modern products are ever increasing. Products must increasingly be smaller, lighter, and faster and must also meet environmental and economic criteria. Adhesive bonding technology is able to join metals, fiber reinforced plastics, alloys, and ceramics together to form functional products. In addition, the use of adhesives allows the integration of functionalities such as vibration damping, sealing, and corrosion protection.

Three week course for industrial supervisors of adhesive bonding work

In order to benefit from adhesive bonding technology and acquire competitive advantages, it is vital that trained staff process and apply the adhesives in the correct way. Technical staff must understand the special features of adhesive bonding. Without this knowledge, serious errors and production problems can arise. The effectiveness of a bonded joint can be impaired by inadequate surface treatment, incorrect adhesive selection, improper adhesive processing, and not heeding design rules. For this reason the top priority is quality assurance. Fraunhofer IFAM directs the three week European Adhesive Specialist course at master craftsmen in the handicrafts sector and industry and technologists and specialized technical employees with a professional qualification and supervisory function who wish to deepen their knowledge of adhesive bonding technology.

Target group

The target groups are adhesive users in industry and the handicrafts sector, adhesive manufacturers and the adhesives trade, and testing and quality assurance personnel.

Objectives of the training course

The course participants are trained for using adhesive bonding technology in industrial production and for product development. On successful completion of the course, participants are able to prepare work instructions and supervise European Adhesive Bonders and other employees on theoretical and practical matters. They are also able to plan, organize, and monitor adhesive processes, monitor process parameters, and if necessary adjust them. They are in a position to identify irregularities in production processes and respond accordingly. Successful completion of the course qualifies the person to take on the tasks and responsibilities of the supervisor in charge of adhesive bonding work (in accordance with DIN 6701-2 and guidelines DVS® 3310 and 3311).

Detailed information


120 hours (three one-week modules focusing on different topics)

Course fees

The current course fees are shown by clicking a course under "Dates and registration".

Dates and registration

Course language: English

The courses take place at Bremen.

Week 1    June 28 - July 02, 2021
Week 2    July 05 - July 09, 2021
Week 3    July 12 - July 16, 2021

Course Language: German

For courses in German language please visit our Klebfachkraft webpage.

Course content

Fundamental principles, adhesives, substrate materials, surface treatment, properties of adhesive films, testing bonded joints, health & safety at work and environmental protection

Preconditions for taking the course

Good knowledge of the course language and a professional qualification

Introductory learning program

The computer-based introductory learning program introduces topics which will be covered in the actual course. The introductory learning program was developed to ease introduction to the theory and to refresh old knowledge. The introductory learning program can be studied at a any time and place which is convenient and allows customized preparation for those wanting to take the actual training course.


Each course week concludes with a written intermediate examination. The practical examination takes place during the second week of the course. The final examination must be taken within a period of 12 month. A prerequisite for taking the final examination is regular attendance at the course sessions.

Certification and accreditation



Rail vehicle manufacture, automotive, machinery and plant construction, transport, wind energy, and many others

Fundamental principles

The course starts off by introducing fundamental aspects of adhesive bonding technology. The advantages and limitations of adhesive bonding are covered and a comparison is made with other joining techniques. Participants acquire a fundamental understanding of bonding mechanisms and the properties of adhesives. The key importance of wetting for the bonding process and how this can be influenced by various parameters is highlighted.


In the German market alone there are thousands of different adhesive products. The range of products extends from elastic-soft polyurethanes right through to high-strength epoxy resins. Participants learn which types of adhesives are most important for industry and acquire insight into their distinctive properties and differences. Instruction on the processing and application of adhesives accompanied by practical assignments using different types of adhesives are key aspects of the first week of the course.


The course provides the participants with knowledge about the structure and behavior of substrate materials when they are subjected to external forces and environmental influences. This helps participants estimate deformation and property changes in adhesive layers, and so understand the resulting requirements of material-specific surface treatments.

Surface treatment

The importance of the condition of the surface of substrates for the bonding process is another topic covered in the course. Participants acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the most important methods of surface treatment for a variety of different materials. The topics covered range from cleaning the surfaces of substrates via mechanical, physical, and chemical pretreatment methods right through to the use of primers and adhesion-promoters.

Properties of adhesive films

In order to assess the suitability of an adhesive for a particular application it is necessary to appraise the deformation behavior. Put another way, the factors that determine the deformation behavior set the limitations for the use of a particular adhesive system. Fillers and absorbed moisture can affect the deformation behavior just as significantly as temperature and adhesive film thickness.

Testing bonded joints

The quality of a bonded joint concerns far more than merely high strength after curing. Other factors that are just as important are reproducibility and long-term stability. The necessity to use destructive test methods to determine the quality of bonded joints is demonstrated using specimens which the participants make during the course. The limitations regarding the transferability of results from standardized tests to real components become clear.

Health and safety at work and environmental protection

Ignorance is the main cause of accidents at work. The correct handling of adhesive systems hence requires a sound fundamental knowledge of the specific hazards associated with the products being used. This not only applies to the adhesives but also to the many auxiliary materials that are used.