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Is IFPS Certification Right For You?

How safe are my employees? How efficient and reliable are my systems? What is my competitive advantage? Am I certifiable; are my employees? These are questions every leader asks. Well maybe not that last question in the literal sense, but you should consider it in the professional sense, by asking is IFPS certification right for you and your employees?

In a competitive market, success depends on persuading potential customers that your company can do a job better and more cost effectively than anyone else. You have plenty of experience, good references, and a solid reputation, but there’s only one way to make sure customers know you are among the finest in our industry: IFPS certification. The IFPS is the only organization that provides comprehensive technical certification offerings for all professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry. Fluid power distributors, manufacturers, and end-users rely on the IFPS for comprehensive educational and training offerings to create a safer, more efficient workforce.

IFPS certification is your competitive advantage. It assures your customers that you and your employees have not only mastered the appropriate skills and tools, but also made a commitment to professionalism and safety. And because the IFPS certifies thousands of fluid power professionals each year and serves as the industry standard for assessing the knowledge and skill level of your employees, IFPS certification confers instant credibility on your company. Certification reflects your dedication to the highest standards in the fluid power industry. In short, when customers choose to work with IFPS-certified individuals, they’re assured of improved safety, improved reliability, greater efficiency, reduced liability, and decreased environmental impact.

Because fluid power certification requires an investment of time and resources, it’s fair to ask if that investment is worthwhile. Every company has different objectives and different needs, but the fact is that potential customers increasingly are looking to fluid power certification as a guarantee not just of technical proficiency, but also of professionalism. By encouraging your employees to seek certification, or seeking the certification yourself, you are making a significant investment in your company and you are telling your customers, as well as potential customers, that you hold your company and your employees to the highest standards. Thus, fluid power certification can be used as an effective tool for sales and recruiting.

For fluid power distributors, manufacturers, and end-users, certification will do the following:

  • Provide a benchmark for assessing new employees, enabling you to employ the most talented workforce
  • Offer increased credibility
  • Create a highly skilled workforce
  • Improve safety
  • Improve reliability
  • Create greater efficiency
  • Reduce liability
  • Decrease environmental impact

Whether your employees are engineers, designers, specialists, technicians, or mechanics, IFPS has a certification program that will meet your company’s specific needs. Please take a moment to call or visit the IFPS website at www.ifps.org to determine which program is the best for you!

By Donna Pollander, IFPS Executive Director

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