Lightweight Professional

Corona has not only stopped our lives. It also forces us to re-conceptualise professional training, because there is no question that face-to-face events - at least in an international context - will not be possible in the foreseeable future.

That is why the original blended learning format of the course is being transformed into the lightweight professional online for you!

We have reorganised the modules of the lightweight professional as follows:

The teaching-learning content is currently being completely reworked for self-study independent of time and location, which is only interrupted by a few virtual meetings with the tutor to answer questions and make contexts more transparent. At the end of the course there is an online exam, which is prepared by an intensive three-day repetition of the learning content. The dates of the respective virtual attendance phases can be found in the description of the respective module under »dates and registration«.

The registration for all material modules is free of charge in 2020!

After the registration you will receive your access data and all further information.


Course overview

Type of course Online course
Target group Managers, engineers as well as technical staff
Transversal modules are targeted at technical specialists.
Objectives You will be able to identify and differentiate the steps involved in developing lightweight products, and to design, construct and set up processes with specific lightweight material in the correct way to fully utilize the lightweight potential.
Course Duration The scope of this training is based on a 40-hour classroom course. The e-learning format includes learning materials and videos for self-study independent of time and place, learning controls for self-assessment of learning progress and online tutorials. The actual exam preparation takes place online on three consecutive days (see module dates), which are directly followed by the online exam.
Language of instruction English
Course contents Lightweight construction guidelines, lightweight materials, cost- and life cycle –assessment methodologies, specialized instruction on different lightweight materials and additional transversal perspectives to the lightweight materials
How the course is organized T-shaped professional structure. Introductory module (basic level), material modules (advanced level) and transversal modules (expert level)
Certification Certified professional training course according to EN ISO 17024.
The certificates confirm that successful courses participants have acquired expertise and practical knowledge in the relevant area.
Certification requirements Basic level: participation in the introductory module and successful examination
Advanced level: participation at least in four material modules and successful examinations
Expert level: participation at least in four transversal modules and successful examinations
Course fee

Introductory Module (IM): 984€ + 235€ optional examination fee

The registration for all material modules (FRP, PM, ST, MG, AL, Cl, PL) is free of charge in 2020!

Dates and registration See below
Additional information You can book all modules individually and independently from the certification procedure.

Modules of the Lightweight Professional Course

An overview of the individual modules of the Lightweight Professional course is given here.


Basic Level

Introductory Module

You will learn how to identify and differentiate the crucial steps for the development of a lightweight product, from the initial requirement list and the general solutions to the overall design and product documentation.


Advanced Module

Fiber reinforced plastics

This module provides the participant an overview of the whole lifecycle of a fiber reinforced plastic product, emphasizes its peculiarities from the material selection to the recycling and repairing.


Advanced Module

Powder Metallurgy and Additive Manufacturing

This module describes, among others, additive manufacturing techniques and how they may be deployed to reduce mass in service.


Advanced Module


In this module, you will acquire knowledge of fundamental and technical issues related to steels, from their microstructure and phase transformation to their properties and lightweight applications.


Advanced Module


The participants will be provided with the best properties, processing methods, applications and challenges of magnesium, the ninth most abundant element in the universe.


Advanced Module

Aluminium Light Alloys

In this module, you will learn the excellent lightweight potential of Aluminium and its alloys, which can be exploited into industrial components thanks to high variety of processing solutions.


Advanced Module

Cast Irons

In this module, you will learn how a »conventional« material, such as Cast Iron, can become strategic for lightweight applications, thanks to innovative processes and treatments.


Advanced Module


Polymers are among the most lightweight manufacturing materials currently available and, together with their applications, it makes them a powerful material for lightweight applications.

Dates and registration: Basic Level Module

  • Introductory Module

    November 11 - November 13, 2020
    Modality: Online course
    Registration deadline: October 14, 2020

Dates and registration: Advanced Level Modules

  • Fiber Reinforced Plastics

    Course in 2021:
    First Online meeting: March 24, 2021
    Synchrone phase: April 28 - April 30, 2021
    Register here: Registration Form Fraunhofer FIT


  • Powder Metallurgy and Additive Manufacturing

    October 20 - October 22, 2020
    Modality: Online course
    Registration deadline: September 22, 2020


  • Steel



  • Magnesium



  • Aluminium Alloys

    October 28 - October 30, 2020
    Modality: Online course
    Registration deadline: September 30, 2020


  • Advanced Cast Irons

    October 14 - October 16, 2020
    Modality: Online course
    Registration deadline: September 16, 2020


  • Polymers

    LP-PL-DA-1-20   (Fully booked)
    October 06 - October 08, 2020
    Modality: Online course
    Registration deadline: September 08, 2020



Dates and registration: Expert Level Modules

Modules on the expert level are currently not available



Reducing the weight of structures has in recent years become a critical point of focus for many different sectors, such as machine building, transportation and civil construction. The appropriate handling of materials in lightweight design structures is the key success factor for preserving resources and reducing costs. Unfortunately, practical experience often shows that designing and handling rules for new materials are not being respected.

The professional training concept underlying the »lightweight professional« courses address this issue.

Within these courses, industrial employees (managers as well as engineers and technical staff members) will not only obtain information, but also acquire the knowledge in a manner appropriate to their individual educational backgrounds.  Based on results from a recent Europe-wide survey, the content and the format of the »lightweight professional courses« are designed to meet industrial needs.

Lightweight professional courses aim to deliver high quality content and ready-to-use practical information. Participants will experience an open environment atmosphere with the opportunity to exchange experiences with other participants and industrial branches.

The courses follow the requirements of ISO EN 17024 and are certified by an external accreditation body.

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