Fiber Reinforced Plastic Specialist

Fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) play a key role in lightweight design. Qualified personnel are, however, a must in order to properly use these materials and fully exploit their innovative properties. These employees must be familiar with the special features of FRPs and have knowledge of manufacturing methods.

Three week course covers the manufacture and repair of a wide range of FRPs

An FRP is manufactured from a number of components. The chosen components and manufacturing method have a major influence on the properties of the resulting product. The three week Fiber Reinforced Plastic Specialist course gives an overview of the complete range of raw materials, processes, and manufacturing methods used for FRPs.

Target group

The FRP-Specialist course is aimed at employees in industry whose work involves planning the manufacture of FRPs and implementation in the process chain, and at employees in companies that want to start manufacturing FRPs.

Objectives of the training course

 The course trains employees to independently and effectively work with fiber reinforced plastics and plan their industrial manufacture. After successful completion of the course, the participants are able to select suitable matrix materials to manufacture high-quality FRP products that meet the load requirements. They also acquire a comprehensive overview of current manufacturing methods and learn the differences between processing thermosets and thermoplastics.

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

Week 1    August 09 - August 13, 2021
Week 2    August 16 - August 20, 2021
Week 3    August 23 - August 27, 2021

Course Language: German

For courses in German language please visit our FVK-Fachkraft webpage.

Course content

Fundamental principles, materials, manufacturing methods, health & safety at work and environmental protection

Preconditions for taking the course

Good knowledge of the course language


Each course week ends with a written examination to test your knowledge. There are final oral and practical examinations on the last day of the course. A prerequisite for taking the examinations is regular attendance at the course sessions.

Certification and accreditation



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Fundamental principles

The course starts by covering the fundamentals of fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs). In theoretical and practical sessions, the participants learn about the special features of these materials and about the various components of FRPs (fibers, matrix materials, core materials, fillers) and their effects on subsequent component properties. The differences between thermoplastics and thermosets are explained as are the typical features and properties of different fiber materials. Also covered are special aspects relating to the machining of FRPs and the practical sessions highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the various joining methods for FRPs (e.g. adhesive bonding, bolts/screws).

Influencing factors

In order to adapt the component properties to meet specific requirements, it is vital to have knowledge about all influencing factors and their effects on the final products. The participants learn to estimate the effects of the individual starting materials (matrix, fiber type, textile semifinished product) on the resulting properties of the FRP component and to use this knowledge for production process planning. They also learn that not only the nature of the raw materials has a key effect but also their percentage share and spatial distribution. Optimal laminate structure and component geometry to maximize fiber/matrix interactions are also dealt with.

Manufacturing methods

The participants are introduced to the principles of manual and machine-based production technologies. In addition to manual lamination, the special features of modern production methods such as thermoplastic processing, vacuum infusion technology, resin transfer molding (RTM), press methods, autoclave technology, winding methods, and pultrusion are discussed. The effect of the choice of matrix on the FRP production process is covered as are the necessary boundary conditions for production processes. Also discussed is how the production process, as well as the choice of raw materials and laminate structure, can affect the resulting properties of FRP components. In addition, the identification and prevention of errors and defects are discussed.

Health and safety at work and environmental protection

Safety measures to be taken when working with fibers, plastics, and auxiliary materials are discussed. The proper use of work equipment and protective equipment is also covered.