Institutions recognized for delivering thorough, comprehensive and accredited fieldbus training for the end user community
AUSTIN, Texas, June 17, 2010 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced that Trine University, Angola, Indiana; and SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, have successfully completed the rigorous certification process under the Foundation Certified Training Program (FCTP). This program, which establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the world and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of Foundation technology, ensures the availability of thorough, comprehensive and accredited training to the process automation marketplace.
According to Fieldbus
Foundation Marketing Manager Bill Tatum, the FCTP was established to ensure
instructors delivering Foundation
fieldbus educational courses are skilled, knowledgeable and technically
competent. Through certification,
the program demonstrates to prospective end user students that fieldbus
training centers, and their instructors, have been thoroughly evaluated based
on strict criteria, and have the necessary qualifications to provide the very
best training available.
Tatum said, "Effective and
standardized training of plant personnel is the key to successful
implementation of an advanced technology such as Foundation fieldbus. As evidenced by feedback received in our
global fieldbus seminar program, process end users want to maximize 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 technology."
He added, "When end users
see the official FCTP logo displayed by a certified training site, they know
the foundation has identified this institution as having the competence and
resources to offer superior Foundation technology
The procedures that
educational institutions must follow in order to gain certified Foundation training site status, together with certified course
instructors and certified curriculum, are rigorous. For example, certified training centers are required to
maintain multiple Foundation
fieldbus hosts and devices onsite in order to demonstrate competence with
fieldbus technology. They must
also demonstrate to 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
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
The Foundation Certified Training Program currently offers three
levels of certification, and others may be added in the future. The current certifications include Foundation
Certified Professional, Foundation Certified Support Specialist, and Foundation
Certified Technical Specialist.
Educational facilities that
complete the multi-stage FCTP certification process can issue certificates
showing the Fieldbus Foundation accredits their courses. They also gain recognition from the
foundation on its website at www.fieldbus.org.
the world, institutions currently certified under the FCTP program include:
Fieldbus Center at Lee College, United States; Trine University, United States;
SAIT Polytechnic, Canada; and STC Brielle, The Netherlands. Other training centers participating in
the program include: University of Miskolc, Hungary; Waseda Unversity, Japan;
Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Thailand.
Trine University, founded in
1884, is an internationally recognized, private, co-educational institution
that grants associate, bachelor and master's degrees in more than 30 different
In March 2005, the Trine University
Technology Center and the Fieldbus Foundation announced the establishment of
the Great Lakes Regional Foundation
fieldbus training center. The
Trine facility offers fieldbus training that is standardized, but also focused on
the needs of industry throughout the Midwest/Great Lakes region of the
U.S. Courses are offered at the Angola
location, as well as at customer facilities when requested.
"The Trine Technology Center
is honored to be named as a new Foundation fieldbus certified training site. Our institution strives for excellence
in its fieldbus educational curriculum, and achieving Fieldbus Foundation
certification provides a clear indication to prospective students that our
courses meet the comprehensive standards established by the foundation for all
accredited training centers worldwide," said Wayne Mortorff, director of
program development at the Trine University Technology Center. "We would like to thank all of the
generous donors who have contributed equipment and software for our Foundation fieldbus training lab. This educational program would not have been possible
without their assistance."
is the key to a successful design and overall project implementation," said
Trine's certified Foundation fieldbus instructor, David S. Lancaster. "This certification program gives a
very comprehensive, vendor-neutral approach to instruction. The user then has the knowledge needed
to make an informed decision in selection of devices and components, designing
the systems, and implementing that design to ensure certainty of outcome."
Lancaster is a control systems
engineer (registered P.E.-Texas) with 43 years of experience in the engineering
and contractor businesses. He
retired as the chief engineer for control systems for Bechtel Oil, Gas &
Chemical Inc. in Houston, Texas, with 30 years of service. Lancaster has been heavily involved in Foundation fieldbus technology
since 1999, taught fieldbus technology internally at Bechtel, and participates
in Fieldbus Foundation educational seminars in North America. He also recently served as the
technical editor for the Fieldbus Foundation's AG-181 (Revision 3.1) "System
Fieldbus Foundation and SAIT Polytechnic signed a partnership agreement to establish
fieldbus training facility on the SAIT campus in Calgary. SAIT offers Foundation fieldbus Certified
Professional-a comprehensive five-day training program comprised of the
following courses: Foundation fieldbus Essentials, Foundation fieldbus Discovery, and Foundation fieldbus Practices. Upon successful completion of this
course, participants receive Foundation Certified Professional certification.
Reflecting the most up-to-date standards in the industry,
SAIT recently upgraded its Foundation fieldbus lab to incorporate Foundation High Speed Ethernet (HSE)
technology. The new system
interoperates fieldbus instruments from over a dozen different manufacturers. This system, used for the laboratories,
along with Honeywell Experion, Yokogawa CENTUM, Smar System302 and Emerson
DeltaV, gives trainees exposure to a diverse and comprehensive fieldbus
experience. SAIT's fieldbus lab
facilities provide each trainee with their own training station and include
four Foundation fieldbus devices from four differing manufacturers. Over 20 different manufacturers of
fieldbus equipment are represented in the lab.
SAIT's dean for
the MacPhail School of Energy, Mary MacDonald, commented, "SAIT is excited to
continue its relationship with the Fieldbus Foundation. We recognize the importance of fieldbus
technology in the Canadian oil and gas industry and the ability to provide that
industry with training for its workforce."
SAIT's certified Foundation fieldbus instructor, Ian Verhappen, said, "Industry is
continuing to adopt Foundation fieldbus technology as its
preferred means of connecting to field devices. SAIT is ideally situated to provide the training necessary
for the professionals preparing to use fieldbus either for the first time or as
a refresher at the start of any phase of their project. Experience has shown that training not
only gets the entire team working with a common understanding of the technology;
working together on the equipment and exercises also provides an excellent
opportunity to develop the camaraderie and a sense of being part of the
has been involved with Foundation fieldbus since 1995, leading the first multi-host
Interoperability testing in 1996 and writing numerous reference documents on
the technology including the original AG-181 Engineering Guides, and the
popular Foundation fieldbus book from ISA. He is an ISA Fellow and Certified Automation Professional,
past chair of the Fieldbus Foundation End User Advisory Council (EUAC), and
presenter for the original Foundation fieldbus North America End User Seminars.
For more information about
certified training and Foundation fieldbus
training sites, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation's website at www.fieldbus.org.
The Fieldbus Foundation is a
global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and
automation companies. Within the
Fieldbus Foundation, end users, manufacturers, universities and research
organizations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that
provides process integrity, business intelligence and open scalable integration
in a managed environment. For more
information, visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.
Trine University is a
private, non-denominational institution that grants associate, bachelor and
master degrees in more than 30 programs on campus, online, and at four regional
education centers. With 1,930 students,
Trine's small class sizes ensure one-on-one attention with faculty who bring
their own workplace experience into the classroom. The university focuses on active participation through more
than 60 student organizations, competitive intercollegiate athletics, and
extensive co-op and internship opportunities. For more information, visit their website at www.trine.edu.
About SAIT Polytechnic
Polytechnic is one of Canada's most exciting destinations for post-secondary
education, offering more than 100 career programs that position people for
success in technology, trades and business. A leader in innovation, SAIT also collaborates with industry
on applied research and delivers corporate training worldwide. SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada
and one of Alberta's Top 50 Employers for 2010. For more information, visit their website at www.sait.ca.