European Adhesive Specialist


Three week course for industrial supervisors of adhesive bonding work

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In order to realise competitive advantages from the advantages of adhesive bonding technology also in industrial practice, it requires professional application by qualified personnel. Experts must know and understand the special features of adhesive bonding technology.

The Fraunhofer IFAM therefore offers the three-week course »European Adhesive Specialist«, which allows master craftsmen or industrial foremen, technicians or company skilled workers with completed vocational training and an instructive function to expand their qualified technical training with sound knowledge of adhesive bonding technology.

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Detailed information


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

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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

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



According to guidelines DVS® / EWF 3301 and EWF 662 --- Course is recognised according to DIN 2304, DIN 6701 and TL A-0023


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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.

It is aimed at employees of adhesive users from industry and trade, adhesive manufacturers as well as the adhesive trade and testing and/or quality assurance personnel.

Participants are qualified for use in operational production and product development. After successful completion of the course, they are qualified to draw up work instructions and to instruct employees and Euopean Adhesive Bonders in theory and practice. They are able to plan, organise and monitor adhesive bonding processes, control process parameters and, if necessary, vary them. They are able to detect and react to irregularities in production. The successfully passed examination serves as a certificate of competence and qualifies the person responsible for supervising adhesive bonding in a company to take over the tasks and powers of the responsible adhesive bonding supervisor (according to DIN 6701-2 or DVS® 3310 and 3311 guidelines).