Creativity for Chemical Engineers Online Training Series

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Location: Worldwide
Description: This modular online course will introduce you to the approaches and tools for creative thinking in engineering. It will cover the importance of having a systematic approach, rigorous problem definition, generating new ideas, and selecting and implementing the most appropriate idea or solution.
Event Type: IChemE Course
Venue: On-demand
Organiser: IChemE
Contact Name: Courses department
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1788 534496
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Online logoCreativity is at the heart of engineering, and is essential for developing innovative products, processes, and solutions to complex problems.  Developing creative skills gives individuals and their organisations competitive advantage. 

This modular online course will introduce you to the approaches and tools for creative thinking in engineering.  It covers the importance of having a systematic approach, rigorous problem definition, generating new ideas, and selecting and implementing the most appropriate idea or solution. Factors that enhance and inhibit the creative process are also covered. The course is tailored to delegates from the chemical and process industries.

The modules, each around 60 minutes in length, are effective as stand-alone training sessions or as part of a modular programme.

Why creativity is important for engineers

The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) sets out the competence and commitment required for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The specification requires engineers to demonstrate the design and development of processes, systems, services and products, including the ability to identify problems and apply appropriate methods to identify causes and achieve satisfactory solutions.

 What's included in the series?

  • four 60-minute modules
  • four digital recordings for your personal use
  • digital copies of all slides and supporting materials (PDF) for your personal use
  • e-certificate of attendance, including hours allocation, for CPD purposes (on request)

The benefits of IChemE online learning

  • save money: no travel, subsistence or accommodation costs
  • stay productive: limit your time away from the office
  • learn in manageable, concentrated, bite-size, one-hour chunks
  • review or refresh the learning at your convenience with digital recordings of each module
  • choose the modules you need - you don't need to buy them all

Course outline

Module 1:  An Introduction to creativity and chemical engineering

  • creativity and engineering
  • conditions and factors for creativity
  • creative systems
  • types of problem
  • FAQs

Module 2:  Creativity and chemical engineering: how to define problems

  • The importance of problem definition
  • critical thinking
  • present state/desired state
  • Statement/restatement
  • FAQs

Module 3: Creativity and chemical engineering: how to generate solutions

  • brainstorming
  • lateral thinking
  • organising and assessing ideas
  • Selling your ideas to others
  • FAQs

Module 4: Creativity and chemical engineering: how to optimise creativity

  • an insight into how the brain works
  • creativity enhancers and inhibitors
  • team creativity
  • FAQs

Online training schedule - each module approximately 60 minutes


  • Single module fee: £99 + VAT
  • Full course (4 modules): £235 + VAT

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Dr Jamie Cleaver PhD, CEng FIChemE, consultant

Jamie's background as a lecturer and his extensive experience of chemical engineering employers and the workplace give him a unique perspective as a trainer and facilitator of non-technical skills for chemical engineers.

He has a strong technical background, with a first degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After his PhD he followed a natural path into academic research and spent 16 years lecturing chemical engineering at the University of Surrey. 

Through coordinating the professional training placement scheme for chemical engineering students, he was able to see first-hand the huge potential benefit to individuals and organisations that could be achieved by professional skills training, and identify the specific skills required. 

His skills training is enhanced by direct experience as an employee with BP, Cargill, Air Products and by several consultancy roles.

Jamie is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

"Jamie has proven skill and knowledge sets, which have impacted both myself and colleagues in my company in a positive manner. He comes highly recommended."  UOP

"I found Jamie to be responsive, proactive, with the strategic understanding to align my business needs with a learning environment. Thoroughly good guy to work with."  SNC-Lavalin

"Jamie is an engaging and inspirational trainer who works hard to help his delegates realise their potential."  Evolve-Leadteam Ltd

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Four hours CPDDuration for CPD recording purposes: 1 hour per module.

If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator’s requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary.

New CPD verification process from 2017. IChemE (in line with Engineering Council requirements) will be checking a random sample of Chartered Members’ and Fellows’ CPD records. More details >>

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IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).