Platts Metals
Platts, MCGraw Hill Financial

Metals Training & Hedging Workshops

Complete training content for steel and aluminum
market participants

Fairly new or experienced, rookie or veteran, an S&P Global Platts metal training class may be just right for you. Our seasoned team of market and technical experts guide you through raw materials, primary production stages, mill product classifications, global and domestic market dynamics, end-use consumers, trade legalities, and purchasing practices—all wrapped around the economics of doing business in the aluminum or steel industries.

Compact, concise, and comprehensive, the two-day training class will give you a systematic understanding of the entire supply chain for the steel or aluminum markets.

The training class is lively and interactive and a great way to experience diverse perspectives from the other attendees. You’ll take home practical actionable items you can put to good use right away.

The one-day hedging workshop is a deep dive into purchasing practices using financial instruments on the futures market for steel or aluminum. With practical step 1, step 2, step 3 hedging and price risk management exercises, you will master the theory, the practicality, and the math for a thorough understanding of how you can make the futures market work for you and your balance sheet. And you’ll have fun too.

Upcoming Courses


March 2017: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Price Risk Management in Steel: Executive Level Workshop (March 14)
The Workshop will be held after the Platts 13th Annual Steel Markets North America Conference. You may register separately for the workshop, or attend both events and save with a discount pricing package.



January 2017: Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA

Aluminum Hedging and Price Risk Management Workshop (January 17)
The Workshop will be held after the Platts Aluminum Symposium 2017. You may register separately for the workshop, or attend both events and save with a discount pricing package.


May 2017: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

How the Aluminum Market Works Training (May 23-24)
Hedging Workshop for Aluminum (May 25)


Discounts Available

Platts offers several types of discounts to attend, including:

  • Super Early Bird and Early Bird Discounts — Register early and save. Visit the training or workshop website for details.
  • Team Discounts — Your organization may receive a reduced rate on the Training Course when registering 2 or more delegates
  • Packaged Event Discounts — You may register for events held back-to-back in the same city and save
  • Workshop Discount for a Previous Training Course — You may receive a reduced rate on the Workshop if you've previously taken the Training Course

For details, click “Learn More” for the session in which you’re interested.

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Additional Training Solutions
Platts is happy to create customized live online or in-person courses to be held in your area, for your people, on your schedule—and all within your budget. To inquire, please contact:

Preston L. Gibson at:
Tel: +1 412-431-1765

Earn Credit Hours
Certified purchasing management professionals are eligible to earn Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Continuing Education Hours toward recertification. Both the Training Course and the Hedging Workshop qualify.

Roster of Trainers


Roger Walburn

Don Fosnacht
University of Minnesota

Dave Phelps
AIIS (former President)

Brad Wolf
Berkeley Research Group

Glenn Kidd
U.S. Steel (Retired)

Sandy Simon
Sandy Simon Associates

Hedging & Price Risk

Spencer Johnson


Bryan Eagle
Eagle Consultancy

Mark Bodner
MB Consulting

Martin Hartlieb
VIAMI International

Scott Stewart
Black Hawk Resources

Not all trainers are listed. Some trainers may change depending on the course date and location.