Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA,
13 February, 2015 - The FieldComm Group has announced that IDX Academy,
the South African industrial communications training centre based in Johannesburg, has been
successful in the rigorous certification process required to become a site that
offers fieldbus training courses certified under the Foundation Fieldbus
Certified Training Programme (FCTP). This programme establishes uniform
standards for fieldbus end user educational curriculum around the globe, and
defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology.
is the first certified FOUNDATION Fieldbus training site on the African
continent. Eight engineers from Angola LNG passed the inaugural five-day FOUNDATION Fieldbus
Certified Technical Specialist course held on
campus last month, with a further nine Angola LNG engineers due to attend the
second course in March. The successful students are now proficient in the
installation, maintenance, repair, and trouble-shooting of FOUNDATION Fieldbus
networks and systems. Certified students may be included in the Student
Registry on the FieldComm Group website.
certification of IDX
Academy is the first FCTP
accreditation since the joining of the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication
Foundation was completed, with the new FieldComm Group becoming operational on January
1, 2015. The opportunity to incorporate certified HART technology training is
being planned alongside the current certified training centres.
The dedicated FOUNDATION Fieldbus
training rigs at IDX Academy utilises host systems, devices and components from
several FieldComm Group members including Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser,
Eaton/MTL, Honeywell, National Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Smar, Softing,
StoneL, Turck and Wika.
Chuck Carter, certified FOUNDATION
Fieldbus instructor, was instrumental in developing the certified curriculum at
IDX. He teaches the FOUNDATION Fieldbus courses and will train additional trainers
to ensure ongoing sustainable certified training expertise. Carter has been an
instructor in instrumentation and process technology since 1976 and was centre
director for over 16 years at the FCTP accredited Lee College Fieldbus Training
Centre, Baytown, Texas,
USA, before relocating to South Africa.
David Bean, who heads up IDX,
commented, "Certification is important for the IDX
Academy because we are now formally recognised by the FieldComm Group as the
high quality training centre that we are. Our customers expect the best and this
gives them a guarantee that the content of our FOUNDATION Fieldbus courses and
the course materials are up to date and delivered by an expert."
added, "We are looking forward to adding world class FOUNDATION Fieldbus
training opportunities to the solid base of the other industrial communications
products, services and training we already offer across the sub-Saharan region
and, of course, we'd be keen to extend our capabilities further with the
addition of HART technology training".
provision of a certified training centre in the African continent has been a
primary objective of the FieldComm Group Southern African Marketing Committee
for some time. Marc Van Pelt, FieldComm Group Vice President EMEA Operations,
is delighted that IDX
Academy has gained its
accreditation. "I am proud that we have reached our goal of providing certified
technical training and support to FOUNDATION Fieldbus users and potential users
across the region and my thanks go to everyone involved throughout the
comprehensive process. It was an honour to present the certificate of
accreditation to David Bean and his team."
The FieldComm Group's Director
Technical Services, Sean Vincent, welcomed the addition of another certified
establishment. He commented, "Effective and standardised training of plant
personnel is the key to successful design and overall project implementation of
an advanced technology such as FOUNDATION Fieldbus".
He continued, "This certification
programme ensures a very comprehensive, vendor-neutral approach to training. Process
end users want to maximise the benefits of their fieldbus instrumentation and
control system investments-and experience has shown that training of operators,
engineers and technicians is essential to getting the most out of the
About the FOUNDATION
Fieldbus Certified Training Programme (FCTP)
The FOUNDATION Fieldbus Certified Training Programme includes rigorous procedures
that educational institutions must follow in order to gain certified training
site status, and for certifying course instructors and curriculum. Certified
training centres are required to maintain multiple hosts and devices onsite in
order to demonstrate competence with fieldbus technology. They are also audited
to ensure their course material adheres to set instructional standards covering
fieldbus segment limits; device replacements; commands, icons, menus and screen
designs of different software packages; and communication, scheduling and
function block assignments enabling configuration.
addition, certified instructors are audited to see if they have achieved
specified FieldComm Group training goals. Instructors must demonstrate expertise
in areas such as Human-Machine Interface (HMI) tools, fieldbus troubleshooting,
simple device configuration, and device deployment and functionality across a
FCTP is intended to raise the visibility and prestige of institutions offering
certified FOUNDATION Fieldbus training, and ensure that the instructors
delivering the courses are skilled, knowledgeable and technically competent. Through
certification, the programme demonstrates to prospective end user students that
fieldbus training centres, and their instructors, have been thoroughly
evaluated based on strict criteria, and have the necessary qualifications to
provide the very best training available. Only certified institutions are
permitted to use the official FCTP logo.
Around the world, institutions
currently certified under the FCTP programme include: Fieldbus Center at Lee
College, United States; Trine University, United States; SAIT Polytechnic,
Canada; STC Group - Brielle, The Netherlands, University of Miskolc, Hungary; IDX
Academy, South Africa; Waseda University, Japan; and King Mongkut's Institute
of Technology, Thailand. Other training centres participating in the programme
include: Sinopec Yanshan, China.
The FOUNDATION Fieldbus Certified
Training Programme currently offers three levels of certification, and others
may be added in the future. The current
certifications include FOUNDATION Fieldbus Certified Professional, FOUNDATION Fieldbus
Certified Support Specialist, and FOUNDATION Fieldbus Certified Technical
For more information about certified
training and FOUNDATION Fieldbus training sites, please visit the Education/End User Certified Training
section of the FieldComm Group's website.
and IDX Academy
is the training division of Industrial Data Xchange, a South African IT company
based in Fourways, Johannesburg, that provides
industrial communications expertise and related products to sub-Saharan Africa.
Dedicated to providing competence in industrial
fieldbuses, IDX Academy
has offered expert training and support in numerous industrial fieldbuses and
protocols for South Africa
and surrounding countries over several years. For more information about IDX
and IDX Academy, visit their website, www.idx.co.za