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As economies around the world lift re­stric­tions im­posed to slow the spread of the virus, the In­ter­na­tional Pow­ered Ac­cess Fed­er­a­tion (IPAF) has mod­i­fied its elearn­ing op­er­a­tor the­ory module to in­clude fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy cur­rently de­ployed as a se­cu­rity mea­sure on its ‘MEWPS for Man­agers’ elearn­ing course. By util­is­ing the cam­era on the can­di­date’s de­vice or com­puter, this en­sures only the trainee un­der as­sess­ment is able to un­dergo the elearn­ing.

This ex­tra se­cu­rity is in­tended to give all Ipaf-ap­proved train­ing cen­tres ad­di­tional flex­i­bil­ity and con­fi­dence to of­fer dis­tance learn­ing as an al­ter­na­tive to ses­sions in the class­room, where main­tain­ing dis­tance be­tween trainees and the in­struc­tor might be more dif­fi­cult.

Ipaf-ap­proved train­ing cen­tres are be­ing given the op­tion of mov­ing the the­ory el­e­ment of their MEWP op­er­a­tor cour­ses to on­line-only elearn­ing, in­creas­ing the num­ber of prac­ti­cal as­sess­ments they are able to carry out in a day and re­duc­ing the need for can­di­dates to con­gre­gate in class­rooms – a sen­si­ble pre­cau­tion to re­duce the risk from coro­n­avirus.

Can­di­dates can com­plete the the­ory el­e­ment of their train­ing on­line, which pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive to face-to-face in­struc­tion and al­lows train­ing cen­tres to fo­cus more on the prac­ti­cal el­e­ment and as­sess­ment if they so wish. Th­ese can usu­ally be con­ducted in well­ven­ti­lated de­pots and outdoor com­pounds, to al­low phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing and help com­ply with risk man­age­ment mea­sures. IPAF’S train­ing ma­trix has also been amended to al­low train­ing cen­tres to con­duct 12 prac­ti­cal as­sess­ments per day, up from a max­i­mum of eight pre­vi­ously for can­di­dates who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the elearn­ing the­ory module.

Peter Dou­glas, CEO & MD of IPAF, said: “Many of our mem­bers de­liv­er­ing train­ing are ea­ger to re­turn to of­fer­ing cour­ses on the scale they were do­ing be­fore the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, but equally they are very keen to en­sure this is done as safely as pos­si­ble and in line with the best guid­ance avail­able to min­imise risk of can­di­dates or train­ing cen­tre staff com­ing into con­tact with or spread­ing the virus. We think this new flex­i­bil­ity will be of ben­e­fit to our train­ing providers as they look to re­con­fig­ure the way they work go­ing for­wards, and to bol­ster con­fi­dence that their staff and train­ing can­di­dates have the best range of op­tions to al­low them to un­der­take IPAF train­ing with max­i­mum con­fi­dence.”

“We hope that by im­ple­ment­ing th­ese new mea­sures across the board, our train­ing cen­tres will have in­creased con­fi­dence to is­sue the IPAF op­er­a­tor the­ory elearn­ing to can­di­dates to com­plete be­fore they ar­rive on site to un­der­take the prac­ti­cal el­e­ment of their course and to un­dergo as­sess­ment, much of which can be con­ducted out­doors,” he added.

Giles Coun­cell, IPAF’S di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions, who has led the de­vel­op­ment of IPAF’S ‘next gen­er­a­tion’ elearn­ing, said: “We have seen how ef­fec­tive the fa­cial recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy is, as it has been used in our re­vamped MEWPS for Man­agers course since the be­gin­ning of 2019. It was a log­i­cal step to in­te­grate this ad­di­tional se­cu­rity mea­sure into the ex­ist­ing IPAF op­er­a­tor the­ory elearn­ing module.

The changes will al­low our test cen­tres to op­er­ate more flex­i­bly while get­ting to grips with new ways of work­ing to man­age risks posed by coro­n­avirus. We hope the changes will help IPAF test cen­tres deal with any train­ing back­log they may have in help­ing peo­ple gain or re­new their PAL Card.”

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