Postgraduate Certificate in Light Metals Reduction Technology (PGCertLMRTech)

The PGCertLMRTech is a University accredited postgraduate degree in light metals reduction technology. The course is regarded by the industry as the world's premier smelting course and attracts high achieving participants from all over the world. Those who have taken the course have generally moved to senior management and leadership positions within their organisations. 

This programme is structured so it can be conducted outside of New Zealand in different locations. It aims to teach advanced concepts in chemical and materials engineering specific to light metals reduction technology, especially aluminium.

The course comprises of three weeks of lectures and tutorials carried out by world-renowned experts at a host smelter. This allows for frequent plant visits and observation, which are key to the course learning. A pre-course assignment and presentation, as well as a post-course assignment, to be reported on, are obligatory.  Candidates are competency tested before obtaining the University accreditation. To enrol in this course, a bachelor degree in engineering or science in a relevant major is necessary.  
The next PGCertLMRTech course will be held on 1st March- 19 March 2020 at Alba, Bahrain. To register please fill the offer of interest and send it to

The programme content draws on recent advances in technology and leading-edge research and uses experts from academia and industry as lecturers and tutors.


The papers that make up the PGCertLMRTech are:

CHEMMAT 717:  Electrochemical Engineering

Focuses on the thermodynamics of aluminium electrolysis; heat and mass balance; components of cell voltage; resistance and voltage tracking and anode effect and its mitigation.

CHEMMAT 718: Aluminium Reduction Process Operations

Focuses on monitoring overall aluminium cell performance. Optimising cell performance, scheduling of operations, dealing with process excursions, metal treatment and quality. 


CHEMMAT 726: The Light Metals Industry

An overview of the light metals: Ti, Al and Mg, their chemistry, metallurgy and processing. It also deals with trends in the global light metals productions and users, recent advances in extending applications for these materials and environmental issues in their production.

CHEMMAT 727: Materials Performance and Selection for Light Metals Processing

Focuses on the performance requirements of anodes, cathodes, cell refractories and other aluminium cell construction materials.