Update from the TWI Virtual Academy


Following the global success of its phased array ultrasonic testing (PAUT) blended learning course, which saw candidates from the UK, Brazil, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain and Canada successfully gain BS EN ISO 9712 Level 2 certification, the start of 2017 also marked the launch of eleven new e-Learning products by TWI. These include two new course packages for ultrasonic testing (UT) and time-of-flight diffraction (TOFD), which, as with the PAUT course, lead the candidate to BS EN ISO 9712 certification.

Blended learning for these three courses offers the benefit of supported e-learning, which uses animations and video to enhance the theoretical aspects, along with a programme of interactive exercises to convey the key concepts of data acquisition and analysis. Candidates can then go on to attend the classroom-based practical aspect of the course. Once they have completed both elements of the training they may take their chosen BS EN ISO 9712 certification exam.

The first e-learning TOFD Level 2 course group graduated in March 2017, with 75% opting for the blended learning route, thus reducing classroom attendance to one week rather than two, and 25% choosing the pre-course study package prior to two weeks’ classroom attendance. The pre-course package enables a candidate to prepare and improve their performance in class, with structured e-learning material matched to the course syllabus. This process increases a candidate’s potential of passing the certification exam and ultimately becoming a more competent operator.

The candidates for both the blended learning and pre-course study packages found the e-learning very easy to follow. Both they and the lecturer felt that it prepared them well for the practical classroom-based sessions.

TWI Training and Examinations also announced a series of non-certification e-learning support products for the three ultrasonic methods: pre-course study, a refresher package and an appreciation package.