Education


CETOP Education initiative

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With the ever-growing need throughout Europe and the world for a COMPETENT WELL EDUCATED WORKFORCE, able to maintain and manage fluid power systems, CETOP has taken the initiative to put forward a proposal to develop a harmonisation programme relating to the qualifications of such a workforce. In order to use their power to benefit all fluid-power professionals, both manufacturers and users, the member associations of CETOP some years ago started a campaign to facilitate unhindered mobility of skills throughout Europe.

The CETOP Education philosophy can be summarized with the following CETOP Education Mission statement: CETOP provides the forum for National Associations to take up an active role in developing, driving and implementing standards, quality and content of "COMPETENCE BASED EDUCATION AND TRAINING" involving hydraulics, pneumatics and associated controls. This gives a recognized qualification structure throughout Europe.

Harmonised pan-European requirement profiles for particular qualification levels are one of the tasks of the CETOP Education Commission. This work has now been formalised by the unanimous approval of several CETOP Recommendations. All of them are featured in the CETOP Education Booklet.

The first of these "Qualifications associated with fluid power systems" identifies 3 European levels of competence ranging from specialized operators to technicians and covering the whole of Europe, and the knowledge and skills expected for each of these levels. Work currently in progress will make it possible to launch CETOP programmes intended to help professionals develop and provide support of these throughout their professional lives.

The second Recommendation "Implementation of Education Recommendations in Europe" proposes a general methodology, for use by each national association which is a CETOP member, which will facilitate the creation of a European resource which will identify and recognize these skills in all the European countries affiliated to CETOP.

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The purpose of "CETOP Qualifications Approved Centers Guideline" is to provide a specific informative guideline to "Approved Centers" and the processes associated with quality assurance and quality control of competence based qualifications.

CETOP has furthermore developed competence based qualifications to meet the occupational levels of those people involved in the maintenance and management of fluid power systems and covers the specific subjects of hydraulics as well as pneumatics. Among these are the following 2 Recommendations:

The Recommendation Level 3 "Hydraulics Programme" is intended for those people involved in the maintenance and management of hydraulic systems and who require knowledge and competence based skills to support work based activities such as: planning and preparation, interpreting and using technical information, devising and following sound procedures associated with installation, commissioning, testing, fault diagnosis, rectification, maintenance, servicing and re-establishing a machine "fit for purpose".

The Recommendation Level 3 "Pneumatics Programme" is intended for those people involved in the maintenance and management of pneumatic systems and who require knowledge and competence based skills to support work based activities such as: planning and preparation, interpreting and using technical information, devising and following sound procedures associated with installation, commissioning, testing, fault diagnosis, rectification, maintenance, servicing and re-establishing a machine "fit for purpose".