Certified Scientific Trainer

From Research to Capacity Building: Upgrade your Training Knowledge

Bring a new professional dimension to your training skills with Fraunhofer Academy. This certification program will also give you the opportunity to raise your profile as a trainer within Fraunhofer and beyond, and to expand your network in the science and commercialization fields.


Training goals  

Upon completion of the training, participants will be able to...

...describe their role as a trainer in the setting of a scientific institution.

...understand the phases of development involved in continuing education programs, as well as how to run such programs.

...analyze general conditions and target groups in relation to continuing education programs for knowledge transfer in a scientific context.

...design in-person and online continuing education programs on the basis of teaching and learning research, suitable models, methods and the requirements of the participants and clients.

...prepare and implement continuing education programs featuring visual elements and interactive techniques.

...identify criteria for evaluating the quality of continuing education programs in a scientific context and to collect, give and constructively implement feedback.


Further information about the target group, course content, requirements etc. can be found below.

Schedule overview

From Research to Capacity Building: Upgrade your Training Knowledge

More information

If you have any questions or require additional information, we would like to offer you a personal information and consultation session.

Please contact Dr. Raphaela Schätz.

Blog post about the program

Certified Scientific Trainers - Developing and conducting trainings and workshops in a scientific context (blog post in german)

Type of event
Online-Seminar, Zertifikatskurs
Dates, registration deadline and location
  • Spring 2023
  • Registration deadline: Sun, 05.02.23
  • Period: 28.02.23 - 11.05.23 (detailed information in the following tab "Schedule Overview")
  • All appointments take place online. 6-7 hours per training day, breaks and practice periods are scheduled accordingly.
Four live, online modules spanning ten weeks. Training time: Approx. 40 hours training time + 20 - 30 hours individual learning and preparation time Additional sessions will be held for the oral and practical examination.
3.200 € Certification included - For Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employees as well as university and project partners - Academy partners can receive funding of 50 percent 4.200 € Certification included - For external participants
Event location
Online, via appropriate digital tools
Examination date
Spring 2023: practical and oral exam: Tue, 09.05.23 + Wed, 10.05.23 + Thu, 11.05.23


Spring 2023:

Registration deadline: Sun, 05.02.23

Optional technique check: Thu, 23.02.23 (16:00) or Mon, 27.02.23 (17:00)

The program consists of following 8 training days :

  • Block 1: Tue, 28.02.23 + Thu, 02.03.23 (10:00 - 16:00)
  • Block 2: Tue, 14.03.23 + Thu, 16.03.23 (10:00 - 17:00)
  • Block 3: Tue, 28.03.23 + Thu, 30.03.23 (10:00 - 16:00)
  • Block 4: Tue, 18.04.23 + Thu, 20.04.23 (10:00 - 16:00)

Plus separate exam dates.: Tue, 09.05.23 + Wed, 10.05.23 + Thu, 11.05.23 (Each person will be given an individual time slot of approximately 2 hours on one of these exam days).

All appointments take place online. 6-7 hours per training day, breaks and practice periods are scheduled accordingly.

Fraunhofer employees and university and project partners that:
  • work as trainers. 
  • want to share their knowledge as scientists through workshops/ continuing education programs. 
  • act as thought leaders in the context of continuing education programs (e.g. training coordination). 
  • Skills of a certified scientific trainer
  • Rhetoric and demeanor: Interact confidently with industry customers
  • Target group analysis: Define new job profiles
  • Learning objectives: Define new skills
  • Didactics: Structure and reduce new learning content from research in a didactical manner
  • Methodology: Train scientific findings by focusing on application
  • Digital learning: Effective implementation for industry customers
  • Visualization: Present scientific content in an appealing way 
  • Communication skills: Instruct and support groups of professionals
  • Practice and transfer: Transfer new skills into everyday work as a scientist
  • Key elements: Networking platform, expert coaching, training buddies, networking events and sharing best practices

Requirements for the continuing education program

1. Basic experience in designing and/or implementing trainings would be an advantage.

2. Participants must have an interest in developing and/or implementing training courses for Fraunhofer customers.

3. Participants must have a training project of their own that they will work on as part of the training course (planning, pilot testing).


Requirements for obtaining the personnel certification

1. Recognized university degree or, alternatively, at least two years of employment in the education sector as an employee of a scientific institution.

2. Participation in the Scientific Trainer Foundation Level continuing education program recognized by the Fraunhofer personnel certification office.

3. Written plan for a continuing education program (which will be created as part of the training).

  • Practical orientation: The entire training is characterized by a high degree of practice-oriented work. Each participant works continuously on his or her own training project and is given plenty of room for practical implementation and practice, as everyone can also slip into the role of a trainer.
  • Exchange of experience: In addition to teaching, the focus is also on interactivity during the training. In group work, participants have many opportunities to exchange ideas, work together on content and develop solutions.
  • Community-Building: Our certified Scientific Trainers stay in contact even after the completion of the training. After successful completion of the exam, all graduates automatically become part of our CST alumni network.
  • From science for science: In this continuing education program, scientific aspects are given special importance. Scientifically based knowledge is passed on here to you, people working in science - in accordance with the principle "from science for science".
  • Emergence of innovative continuing education programs: After completing the program, the newly acquired knowledge will enable you to plan and develop your own continuing education programs. If you would like to gain insight into projects, please contact us.
  • Transfer: This certificate program helps professionalize the continuing education transfer path and create new transfer opportunities:
    • Support: The CST provides support to plan and build professional development training.
    • Enable: The CST facilitates the exchange and networking of continuing education actors at different Fraunhofer institutes and partner universities
    • Shaping: The CST helps to shape the Fraunhofer continuing education landscape and leads to more competent trainers. 
  • Dr. Raphaela Schätz

...and other trainers!


Between the live, online modules, participants will step by step develop their own training concept. They can bring this concept into application after the course.

You can register via our registration form.

If you would like to reserve a place for one of the upcoming 2023 rounds, you can enroll via the registration form. 

Please make note of our General Terms and Conditions of Online Events.

(Note: Cancellation of participation in the Certified Scientific Trainer training is free of charge with access up to three (3) months prior to the start of the event. Cancellation at a later date will incur fees).

If you have any questions or require additional information, we would like to offer you a personal information and consultation session. Please contact Lena Barahona or Dr. Raphaela Schätz.


Participants can obtain a personnel certificate upon completing the “Scientific Trainer (Foundation Level)” continuing education program. Details can be found at the Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Authority site.

After successful completion of the training, the participants receive a confirmation of participation.

In addition, they have the opportunity to graduate with a certificate recognized by the personal certification authority according to the specifications of EN ISO 17024. Furthermore, the quality is checked by an examiner from the Professional Association for Training, Consulting and Coaching (BDVT) as part of the final examination.

This double certification (personal certification authority & BDVT) has the advantage that, in addition to internal visibility, it also acts as a seal of quality for the training at the customer with regard to the training and the trainer.

The certification manual that this is based on can be found here (in German).

  • Adam Bartusiak (Fraunhofer IOSB-AST)
  • Sebastian Breu (Fraunhofer FOKUS)
  • Viktor Deleski (Fraunhofer Academy)
  • Stefan Dziwok (Fraunhofer IEM)
  • Timm Eicker (Fraunhofer IEG)
  • Alexander Geng (Fraunhofer ITWM)
  • Nadja Hildebrandt (Fraunhofer IGB)
  • Doris Jandel (Fraunhofer IST)
  • Khadija Khaled (Freiburg University)
  • Thorsten Koch (Fraunhofer IEM)
  • Charlotte Ute Krückemeier (Fraunhofer IEG)
  • Sebastian Leuer (Fraunhofer IEM)
  • Sven Merschjohann (Fraunhofer IEM)
  • Peter Molitor (Fraunhofer IRB)
  • Saskia Plankert (Fraunhofer IST)
  • Bianca Prang (C3L - Center für lebenslanges Lernen // Oldenburg University)
  • Franziska Marie Purr (Fraunhofer Academy)
  • Kerstin Schwarze-Benning (Fraunhofer UMSICHT)
  • Mirjam Stappel (Fraunhofer IEE)
  • Bettina Tafertshofer (Fraunhofer Academy)
  • Markus Will (Fraunhofer IPK)
  • Vera Wilmering (Fraunhofer IPA)
  • Eugen Winter (Fraunhofer FKIE)
  • Jens Leyh (Fraunhofer IAO)
  • Marcus John (Fraunhofer INT)
  • Sandra Hildebrand (Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden)
  • Fabian Edel (Fraunhofer IAO)
  • Markus Wenzel (Fraunhofer MEVIS)
  • Milan Kelch (Fraunhofer IFAM)
  • Marcel Kühne (Fraunhofer IOSB-AST)
  • Franziska Scallan (Fraunhofer FIT)
  • Oliver Nitschke (Fraunhofer IOSB-AST)
  • Thomas Bauer (Fraunhofer IOSB-AST)
  • Judith Klein (Fraunhofer IME)
  • Leonhard Löffler-Dauth (Fraunhofer FOKUS)
  • Marie-Lena Heidingsfelder (Fraunhofer IAO)

Participants' and Managements' Statement

Continuing education is becoming part of the business model at many institutes, and well-trained trainers help to ensure professionally conveyed content to customers from industry. [...] Personally, I think the course is great for my qualification as a trainer: it allows me to optimize my current approach and create an even better experience for learners." (Viktor Deleski, Fraunhofer Academy)

"The training takes the necessary time to teach me all the skills I need to design and deliver a training. The online version of the training itself is a great example of what a varied and interactive online training should look like. The frequent interactive use of the Miro Board in the online training really excited me and inspired me to improve my PowerPoint-heavy training." (Stefan Dziwok, Fraunhofer IEM)

"With the CST, the Academy proves once again: (online) learning is fun! Why? Varied, entertaining, lots of methodical-didactic input, plenty of room to try things out, constructive exchange, pleasant group atmosphere - and above all: competent, motivating and approachable trainers who provide all that." (Nadja Hildebrandt, Fraunhofer IGB)

"Highly recommended! I found the content of the CST training to be very enriching. The content went hand in hand with the practical implementation in the online format. You learn a lot of practical methods. Thank you for your know-how, the recognition of needs and the human interaction!"            (Khadija Khaled, Freiburg University)

"I learned a lot not only from the content and methods, but especially from the delivery and presence of the trainers. Best continuing education I've ever had!" (Anonymous)

"Rarely have I been so enthusiastic about a training course. Methodology, conception, rhetoric, resilience, and so much more. Here you get a complete toolbox with which all challenges of your own training concepts can be managed. Thank you very much!" (Peter Molitor, Fraunhofer IRB)

Martin Priester, Provisional Head of the Fraunhofer Academy:

"The best advertisement for the Fraunhofer Academy are enthusiastic graduates. Our Certified Scientific Trainers know how to develop continuing education courses in such a way that exactly this can be achieved."

Prof. Dr. Görge Deerberg, Speaker of the Board of Directors

"The CST enables participants to open up new transfer opportunities through continuing education and supports them in designing and delivering them in a high-quality manner."

Dr.-Ing. Sophie Hippmann, Director 1A:

"Market-oriented training is an important transfer path for Fraunhofer. As Certified Scientific Trainers, dedicated Fraunhofer employees play an essential role in knowledge transfer."

Overall evaluation:

  • 100% of the participants would recommend the Certified Scientific Trainer program
  • the participants rate the training with 4.6 out of 5 stars