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How to Prepare for an IFPS Certification Test

Consider these tools as you prepare for one of the IFPS technical certification tests. The IFPS staff is always ready to help. Email askus@ifps.org or call 800-308-6005.

prepare for ifpsCertification Placement Indicator
IFPS offers this online tool to help you decide which certification test to take.

prepare for ifps3Online Pre-test Questions
Each of the certification tests has a corresponding online pretest.

prepare for ifps2Suggested References
Lightning Reference Book
Fluid Power Math for Certification

prepare for ifps4Certification Review Sessions
Review training is offered through third-party IFPS Accredited Instructors in a small class-size setting. Hours and locations vary; test fees not included.

prepare for ifps5Study Manuals
Each of the certification tests has a corresponding IFPS study manual. These manuals are continuously reviewed and updated by the Certification Committee and contain over 50 sample questions.

prepare for ifps6Customized Training
An IFPS Accredited Instructor will engage groups of ten or more individuals interested in training and testing at a “your-choice” location. Additional fees apply if less than 10 individuals are interested. Please contact IFPS for more information. Customized training can range in length from two days to several weeks. It is fully customized to your machinery and personnel. Fundamental hydraulic and pneumatic training programs are typically one week in duration; however, they also can range from three days to two weeks.

prepare for ifps7Core Competency Reports
For IFPS Certification Retesting: Don’t give up if you are unsuccessful at your first certification test attempt. The Core Competency Reports are designed to help you pinpoint your weak points. The report gives a breakdown of an individual’s test results, including both the raw score and the percentage of questions right within each subtest, and is accompanied with information indicating which questions correspond to each subtest.

prepare for ifps8Study Groups (highly recommended)
Create your own “in-house” study group to meet during lunch breaks, gather after work, etc. This is an excellent way to share strengths and knowledge with one another as all of you will be working together to achieve the same goal.

prepare for ifps9Online Certification Review Sessions offered by CFC Industrial Training, Inc. 

  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Specialist Review Distance Learning – live sessions (20 hours) offered during the evening hours
  • Online Hydraulic Specialist Certification Review
  • Online Pneumatic Specialist Certification Review
  • Online Job Performance Reviews, which include stations 1-6 of the IFPS Mechanic and Technician job performance tests.

prepare for ifps10IHT Interactive Games
Great lunchtime activity for a group if you are preparing for the IHT certification test. Dan Helgerson, CFPAI, designed fun, interactive Q&A games.

Visit www.ifps.org and click on “Certification” for details.

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