Fluid Power Journal

The Certification Journey

Are you interested in certification but unclear on how to get started? Here are the steps to becoming a certified fluid power professional.

1. Select your certification.

2. Submit your application for specialist, technician, mechanic, connector and conductor, engineer, or system designer.

3. Prepare – Study, study, study. IFPS offers many tools to help you prepare:

  • Study manuals – IFPS study manuals are available in print, PDF, flash drives, and interactive online.
  • Online interactive study manuals for hydraulic and pneumatic specialist certifications. Once purchased, you’ll have access to the learning management system for one year.
  • IFPS highly recommends that you take the online pretests as well as pretests in the back of the study manual before you take your certification test.
  • Certification review classroom training – IFPS offers 4-day, in-person training sessions with a certified instructor, generally for groups of five or more.
  • Animated circuits – The schematics in IFPS study manuals are available in animation for a better understanding of how hydraulic and pneumatic circuits operate. The color-coded circuits are available as mpf and wmv files.
  • Webinars and study groups – Accredited instructors present webinars and study groups that are free to members. Members also have access to a library of previously recorded webinars. Consider an IFPS membership.

4. Take the test at your scheduled location.

5. Recertify in five years.

For more information, visit ifps.org/how-to-get-started.

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