GDANSK, Poland, March 16, 2010 - The Fieldbus Foundation has announced today that the University of Miskolc, Hungary, has reached a significant milestone in its application to become an accredited training site that offers fieldbus training courses certified under the Foundation Certified Training Program (FCTP). The University of Miskolc and the Fieldbus Foundation have signed a license agreement that recognises the University of Miskolc as a certified training centre that is undergoing the rigorous process of auditing its educational curriculum and instructors in order to achieve full certified training centre status.
Once successful in the complete accreditation process, the University of Miskolc will become the preferred site for Fieldbus Foundation training for the Central & Eastern Europe region. Dr. Károly Jónap, Department Head, University of Miskolc, commented, "I'm pleased that my team is one step nearer to offering certified Foundation training to end users in Hungary and the neighbouring area. We are looking forward to successfully completing our audit in the next few weeks and to a mutually beneficial partnership with the Fieldbus Foundation."
The certified training program establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the globe, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. It is intended to raise the visibility and prestige of institutions offering certified Foundation fieldbus training to a new and exclusive level. Educational facilities that successfully complete a multi-stage certification process can issue certificates showing the Fieldbus Foundation accredits their courses. They also gain recognition from the foundation on its website.
The procedures that educational institutions must follow in order to gain certified training site status, together with certified course instructors and certified curriculum, are rigorous. Certified training centers are required to maintain multiple hosts and devices onsite in order to demonstrate competence with fieldbus technology. They must also satisfy the auditors that 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.
In addition, certified instructors are audited to see if they have achieved specified Fieldbus Foundation 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 fieldbus network.
Jürgen George, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation Central & Eastern Europe Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC), is looking forward to the prospect of a fully certified training centre in the CEE region. "One of the key objectives of the FFCEEMC is to provide technical training, support and information about Foundation technology and its applications to users and potential users throughout the CEE region at a local venue and, where possible, in a local language". He continued, "To have a registered training centre in Hungary that can support the region's technical training needs will be a great achievement for all those involved."
Worldwide, there are several training centres participating in the Foundation Certified Training Program, including EMEA-based STC Brielle, The Netherlands, BIS Prozesstechnik GmbH, Germany, and the University of Miskolc, Hungary. For more information about certified training and fieldbus training sites, please visit the training section of the Fieldbus Foundation website.