Whow, again today I spent so much time talking about qualification and certification.
As part of my introduction to OSHA for all students no matter what course you are taking through CCTI, Inc., I speak about definitions, who is OSHA, when did it become a law, etc…
So, through this post I would like to help people to understand what is?
Qualified – One, who by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience has successfully demonstrated his ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.
Certification – Does not constitute an expert, however, individual meets certain standards and requirements which are learned in a training environment.
Competent Person – One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt measure to eliminate them.
Personnel Competence – Persons performing the functions identified in volume shall meet the applicable qualifying criteria stated and shall, through education, training, experience, skill, and physical fitness as necessary, be competent and capable to perform the functions as determined by the employer or employer’s representative.
When your asking for certification or qualification, you really have to know what your asking for and what that entails as per the requirements of various accredited agencies.
If you want to be a mobile crane operator or a rigger certified, you really need to become qualified first. That means through training and be evaluated through lesson plans, testing and then you will know if your ready for the certification process.
Most time it becomes very obvious whether your ready to proceed in the next 30 days with the certification process or if you need to study the materials, practice your required trade, be evaluated by your employer and recommended for certification.
We at CCTI, Inc. have seen in the last 11 years many people placed in classes and told they were there for certification. When in actuality they were there just to gain the basic knowledge needed to be considered as qualified. This is sending the wrong message immediately to the student. As a facilitator/trainer and through the evaluation the employee it can be decided who is ready for the next step or needs to receive additional time and training before being sent for the certification.
This process has been effective for us as the employee, the facilitator, the evaluation and the employer all know at the duration what are the next steps in successfully becoming certified. Most the time the employer and the employee really only needed to become qualified, but because the definitions are not understood there is frustration. The worst part is when the employee fails the written or practical testing for qualification or certification; it lowers their self-esteem. Just think what happens when employers ask us to go ahead and set up the NCCCO practical examination for right after the initial qualification training. This is too much for the student.
So in closing, employers and employees, understand that you need to be qualified first and foremost. Then only then if it is required or necessary do you even need to be certified. And if you are required to become certified, do your homework, attend a prep class, study and receive quality training before attempting the certification.
In the last 11 years, we have received so many inquires after failing NCCCO testing because the students were not prepared. The reasons are as follows:
1-Did not take a good laid out course related to the materials for testing. Based on price sometimes you don’t always get what you pay for. 2-Student was not prepared or overwhelmed with amount of material knowledge required to pass testing. 3-Company has had previous training and the instructor gave out all the answers at the end of the training session. (Yes there are people who do that) So sad!!!
Take the first step and become QUALIFIED. Then go back to your employer, practice your skills, study and take some time to experience the trade before just attempting the grueling, hard examinations required to become CERTIFIED.
IF you have further questions about certification, qualification and training contact me directly at 336 337-1043 or email@example.com or visit our website at www.cranetraininginternational.com