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Certification Levels Available
Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor

Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor

Certified Fluid Power Authorized Job Performance Proctor Connector & Conductor

Certified Fluid Power Engineer

Certified Fluid Power Specialist (Must Obtain CFPHS, CFPPS)

Certified Fluid Power Hydraulic Specialist

Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Specialist

Electronic Controls Specialist

CFPMEC – in development
Mobile Electronic Controls

CFPIEC – in development
Industrial Electronic Controls

Certified Fluid Power Master Technician (Must Obtain CFPIHT, CFPMHT, & CFPPT)

Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Technician

Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Technician

Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Technician

Certified Fluid Power Master Mechanic (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPMHM, & CFPPM)

Certified Fluid Power Industrial Hydraulic Mechanic

Certified Fluid Power Mobile Hydraulic Mechanic

Certified Fluid Power Pneumatic Mechanic

Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPIHM, CFPIHT, & CFPCC)

Certified Fluid Power Master of Mobile Hydraulics (Must Obtain CFPMHM, CFPMHT, & CFPCC)

Certified Fluid Power Master of Industrial Pneumatics (Must Obtain CFPPM, CFPPT, & CFPCC)

Certified Fluid Power Connector & Conductor

Fluid Power System Designer

2014 IFPS Web Seminars

May 15, 2014
“Fluids and Filtration Basics”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPAI, Danfoss
This web presentation will cover fluids
and filtration basics:

  • Hydraulic fluid composition and purpose
  • Fluid quality (ISO ratings)
  • Filtration (purpose and beta ratio)

August, 14, 2014
“Cavitation and Aeration: Causes and Cures”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Pat Maluso, CFPAI, Western Hydrostatics, Inc.
Cavitation and aeration are conditions that can cause hydraulic system damage and ultimately system failure primarily due to lack of lubrication and/or solid particle contamination. Topics in this presentation include

  • Cavitation and aeration defined in relation to hydraulic systems and the detrimental effects on system components
  • Discussion on causes, properties, differences, and similarities of each condition
  • Demonstration on how moisture, temperature, pressure, and vacuum all play a detrimental role, contributing to cavitation and aeration
  • Recommendations to reduce or alleviate the damaging effects of these conditions
  • Troubleshooting tips, identification of telltale signs, as well as proper and improper system design scenarios

October 16, 2014
“Spool Configuration Selection for Pneumatic Valves”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Richard Throop, CFPAI, Neff Engineering Co., Inc.
This presentation will cover the best way to make the correct selection for pneumatic valves.


  • Single Solenoid Spring Return
  • Double Solenoid 2 Position
  • Double Solenoid 3 Position
  • Closed Center, Open Center
  • Pressure Center
  • AC or DC
  • Wattage

Visit www.ifps.org to register or call 800-308-6005. IFPS Members Free; Non-members $40.00

Know Your IFPS Membership Benefits

When you join IFPS, you have the benefit of the Society’s 50 years of expertise and experience representing the fluid power and motion control industry. Your membership supports a nonprofit organization dedicated to the unique interests of fluid power engineers, specialists, technicians, and mechanics throughout their careers.

IFPS membership and certification are two different entities: once IFPS technical certification is achieved, the certification must be renewed every five years; IFPS membership is optional, but it is also highly recommended. Here’s why:


  • Online training discount: $99 for members only!
  • Discount of 5% on Online Job Performance Review sessions offered through CFC-Solar, Inc.
  • Certification test fee discount
  • Recertification fee discount
  • Discount on EVERYTHING in the IFPS store – books, patches, publications, safety cards, posters, etc.
  • Hertz Car Rental discounts
  • ScriptSave – prescription savings card

Professional Development

  • FREE study manual downloads
  • FREE industry-related Web seminars by Accredited Instructors
  • FREE certification “Task and Outcome” web seminars: Tasks and outcomes from our study manuals are presented bi-monthly by Accredited Instructors.
  • FREE (only available to members) access to our growing archived web seminars
  • Professional Development Points: Earn points for every year you are a member. Personal Development Points are important when it is time for you to recertify.


  • FREE subscription to Fluid Power Journal
  • FREE subscription to IFPS monthly E-News


  • Only members can find other members in the IFPS directory.
  • Social Media: IFPS has Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter connections.
  • Members have access to the “Members Only” section of the IFPS website.

Visit www.ifps.org or call 800-308-6005.

IFPS Fluid Injection Injury Safety Cards 

The IFPS recommends that, in every circumstance, factory, piece of mobile equipment, or application of any fluid power product or its controls, every employee and employer is responsible to know, understand, and practice the safety policies and procedures already in place. (See the September/October issue for more information on the IFPS safety initiatives and visit www.ifps.org for important safety resources.)

Safety cards have been issued to all IFPS members as well as non-members who recertified in 2013. These cards contain information on obtaining five (5) critical pieces of information for doctors and emergency medical technicians in treating fluid injection injuries.

If you would like to purchase safety cards and/or posters you may do so by visiting www.ifps.org. Cards are sold in packs of 10, 50, and 100.


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