• Brenton Ward
    September 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm #577

    Flexible Learning Editorial

    Sydney, Australia September 3rd 2014

    IPI Learning has launched their highly anticipated Flexible Learning program and hosted the first course in Sydney’s colourful Pott’s Point precinct. Flexible learning is the latest delivery method offered by IPI Learning, which is a hybrid between classroom and online delivery methods. Students undertake 20 hours of narrated online lectures at their own pace, in their own home or office, followed by a 2 day classroom event. The face-to-face instruction includes review of critical concepts, practical tuition in hands-on use and thermal imager operation, as well as undertaking the practical and written examinations.

    Head Instructor, Brenton Ward is excited about the best-of-both-worlds delivery method. “Our new Flexible Learning program allows you to complete the theoretical portion of your certification in your own time, as well as enjoying the interactive benefits of classroom learning for practical experiments and equipment operation.” He adds “it’s a great option for people who don’t have 5 days to spend in the classroom and who also realise that hands-on experience is an essential part of thermography certification”.

    IPI’s Flexible Learning courses meet ASNT requirements for certification of NDT personnel in the TIR method as specified in Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1A, as well as requirements set forth by ISO 18436-7. By completing the 36 hours of combined classroom and online lecture material, and successfully passing both written and practical examinations students earn the prestigious title of Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer®. Students also qualify for membership with the Certified Infrared Thermographer’s Association (CITA). Additionally, students are eligible to apply for certification with the Australian Institute of Non Destructive Testing (AINDT).

    In the past, students have had the choice between attending a 5 day classroom course, or completing a 32 hour course online via distance learning. By combining the best attributes of classroom and online learning, we have developed a course structure that is ideal for those who need the flexibility to study in between work commitments, while still enjoying face-to-face interactction with an experienced and expert thermographer.

    “As a trainer of predictive maintenance technologies, I am keenly aware that many of my students are kinesthetic learners and learn best through hands-on experience,” says Brenton. “This new flexible structure enables students to take their time with the theoretical portion while still receiving invaluable real-world mentoring to test their new found knowledge.”

    Following the initial success of the program, additional Flexible Learning course dates have been scheduled for 2014 and 2015 Australia Wide.

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