Platts Metals
Platts, MCGraw Hill Financial

Metals Training & Hedging Workshops

Complete training content for steel, scrap, and aluminum
market participants

Fairly new or experienced, rookie or veteran, an S&P Global Platts metal training course may be just right for you. Our seasoned team of market and technical experts will 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 metals industry.

Our goal is to help you maximize your day-to-day effectiveness, no matter what's happening in the markets. You'll take home practical, actionable items you can put to use right away.

Two-Day Training Course

Compact, concise, and comprehensive, the two-day on-location training course provides a systematic understanding of the entire supply chain for the steel (including scrap) or aluminum markets, both domestically and internationally. Courses are lively and interactive—a great way to experience and benefit from diverse perspectives among trainers and other attendees in the class.

One-Day Training Course—Online

Condensed online courses are delivered by the same seasoned instructors from on-location courses, and are fully interactive, including ample time for questions. They can be taken from virtually anywhere—the office, home, or even on the go. You'll also receive electronic copies of all the training materials and access to the recording of the training for an enhanced learning experience on the steel, scrap, or aluminum markets.

One-Day Hedging Workshop

The one-day hedging workshop is a deep dive into purchasing practices using financial instruments on the futures market for steel (including scrap) 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 2018: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Price Risk Management in Steel: Executive Level Workshop (March 21)
* Held in conjunction with the Platts 14th Annual Steel Markets North America Conference



May 2018: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

How the Steel Market Works Training (May 8-9)
Hedging and Price Risk Management Workshop for Steel (May 10)



May 2018: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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


Discounts Available

S&P Global 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.