By Denis Poirier, Jr., CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPCC, CFPHS, CFPIHM, Vice President of Certification, The Eaton Corporation – Hydraulics Group
If you received the January 2019 edition of the Fluid Power Journal, you might have read the article “Preparing for Success: The Hydraulic Specialist Certification Study Manual Update.” In that article, I explained how using a single source delivery method to prepare for certification, as an International Fluid Power Society Hydraulic Specialist, may not be the best method for everyone. Understanding that people respond differently, when using the same single source delivery method, the IFPS developed additional products to enhance the learning process for everyone. But did you know those same learning resources will be available for the IFPS Pneumatic Specialist Certification by early 2019?
Like the Hydraulic Specialist certification, the first resource enhancement for Pneumatic Specialist certification is the creation of animated pneumatic circuits. In this offering, every circuit in the Pneumatic Specialist Study Manual is displayed in color. Each schematic is animated showing the path of fluid flow. (These aren’t narrated. They contain explicit notes or bullet points.) The schematics can be purchased as one complete package and used in conjunction with the Pneumatic Specialist Study Manual to enrich the learning experience by bringing the schematics to life.
If a self-paced program is more your style, then the Pneumatic Specialist Interactive Study Manual is for you. This fully interactive learning system uses audio narration in conjunction with animated schematics to walk you through the Pneumatic Specialist Study Manual one outcome at a time. Developed with the e-learner in mind, this program appeals to the multisensory learner and can be used in conjunction with a printed study manual to expand on the information provided in text. Interactive practice tests and quizzes are also included.
The last option would be to attend an instructor-led review session. This environment appeals to the maximum number of senses and works well for the majority of all learners as it uses visual, textile and audio stimulation. Additionally, you work with an Accredited Instructor, can ask questions, work through practice exams, and interact with others who may share the same experiences and challenges that you do. This is typically the most effective method for knowledge transfer, and in many instances, this is also the most expensive option, as it can require both travel and time away from work.
Regardless of your learning style, the IFPS is here to support you every step of the way as you work toward your goal. Visit www.ifps.org for more details.