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Certification Designations 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

October Classes – Hydraulics and Pneumatics Specialist Certification Review Training Now Forming

Completing an IFPS Specialist Certification Review Session is easy with the Live Distance Learning collaboration. An IFPS Accredited Instructor will engage you in a live online experience with all the energy and expertise of traditional classroom training conducted from the comfort of your own location. There is no travel or lost work time.

IFPS Live Distance Learning takes place in a state-of-the-art training facility located at CFC Industrial Training for three (3) weeks equating twenty (20) hours. Online delivery is offered during the evening hours and is accessed from your own computer with Internet access.

Hydraulic Specialist
Tuesday and Thursday
Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Oct. 21, 23
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST

Pneumatic Specialist
Monday and Wednesday
Oct. 6, 8, 13, 15
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Oct. 20, 22
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST

Registration information can be found by visiting www.ifps.org or by calling IFPS headquarters at 800-308-6005. Registration deadline is October 1, 2015.

IFPS Now Offers Online Hydraulic Safety Awareness Training

IFPS, in conjunction with the Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada*, now offers international online Hydraulic Safety Awareness Training courses. The courses provide an awareness of hydraulic hazards in the workplace, in-depth reviews of potential exposures to injury from hydraulic systems, and ways to reduce risk and eliminate hazards for workers, equipment, companies, and the environment.

Three (3) online hydraulic safety awareness training courses are available:

  • Exposure Level – 4.5 hours – $99
  • High-Risk Maintenance Level – 10 hours – $149
  • Hydraulic Safety in Construction – 5 hours – $99

A certificate of completion will be issued once the online course is complete. To learn more about what each course has to offer, visit www.ifps.org and click on Education.

*Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada (HSAC) is the leader in hydraulic safety awareness training, recognized internationally for developing the most comprehensive training curriculum available in the safety industry.

2014 IFPS Web Seminars

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

December 11, 2014
Mobile Equipment Reservoir Baffle Innovation
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presenter: Robert Post, WastAway
As presented at IFPE 2014 – A practical solution for fluid control inside small mobile equipment reservoirs, reducing damage, spillage, and equipment failures.

February 12, 2015
“Filter Sizing: Pressure vs. Return Flow Filters”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presented by: Bill Hotchkiss, CFPAI, SunSource
This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Filter sizing for pressure lines, return lines, and for off-line recirculation
  • Benefits of pressure line vs. return line vs. off-line filtration
  • Micron selection for use with pressure line vs. return line vs. off-line filtration

April 16, 2015
“Proper Sizing of Conductors When Using Single Rod Cylinders”
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Presented by: Ernie Parker, CFPAI, Hennepin Technical College
This presentation will cover proper line sizing of plumbing when using single rod cylinders and also explore pressure intensification due to some type of meter-out circuits. There are various standards for velocities concerning plumbing, and yet if the math is truly done properly, most of the hydraulic plumbing and cylinder ports are not size properly. This webinar will discuss these concepts using very basic math to make participants aware of these problems for future sizing of components and plumbing.

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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