Wednesday, August 15, 2012

IPAF Training on Operator Training

There are several important IPAF training courses in the market which cater to the various work industries. These IPAF courses are specially certified by TÜV; an international and highly reputed agency on certification which checks the course conformation to ISO 18878:2004. Some of the TÜV certified IPAF courses include the Scissor and Boom course, Scissor Lift, Cherry Picker and MEWPS Operator course. MEWPS stands for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms which is important in the building and elevation work industries.
Operator Training
This IPAF operator training program may be just one day but it is one of the most popular IPAF courses with the most attendance with over 90,000 delegates across its 500 training centers which are IPAF approved. These training centers are available across the globe to the convenience of the attendees as all nations have building and elevation industries.
The course is targeted at those who need to work at height with the use of access equipment. MEWPS would have various types of tools and machineries which must be carefully operated to ensure complete safety to the operator and those in its vicinity.
Course candidates who successfully pass this one day course are entitled to the coveted IPAF Operators Safety Guide, IPAF photo card identification and PAL Card log book as well as a certificate stating the relevant machine categories.
The validity of this certificate is 5 years; after which the candidate is encouraged to take up a refresher course for a renewed certification. The refresher course is to update the operator on new machines, legislation and techniques due to changes over time in administration and technology.
Factors of training
The Work at Height Regulations insists that MEWP operators must be competent with the necessary operator training that provides the relevant and current technical knowledge while boosting the work techniques and experience.
The legislation may differ from place to place depending on the local administration and the relevant industries at that location. IPAF qualifications on MEWP operators are widely accepted and recognized in many countries whether by the local government or the industries.
The training providers must also be IPAF approved and recognized trainers with the right facilities and expertise in conducting the IPAF training courses. They must be well equipped with the latest technology and equipment on MEWPs to ensure an up-to-date syllabus that is relevant to the industry. There should be the latest deployment of the latest training approaches, techniques, tools and machineries with the latest updates in work at height legislation.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Popular PASMA Training Courses

PASMA training courses are so well known that there is hardly any need to promote them. The various industries are well aware of these courses which are relevant to their environments; hundreds of participants are sent to undergo the various PASMA courses to equip the workers every year.
Training Courses
One of the more popular PASMA training courses is its Mobile Access Tower that includes advanced guardrail and 3T. 
This course takes only 1 day but it draws the most delegates every year. This course was designed for people who are in charge of building, moving, inspecting or dismantling of mobile access towers.

Mobile access towers are important components in any work at height jobs. There is the element of danger and risk involved; hence, only qualified and experienced individuals should perform the task. The trained person would have the appropriate technical knowledge with relevant experience to handle the task properly.
There are other relevant PASMA training for the various industries which deal with heights such as the PASMA Tower Course for Managers, the PASMA Towers on Stairs, PASMA Bridging Units and PASMA Linked Towers.
Requirement & Recognition
Securing the PASMA qualification on work at height related jobs is a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations to ensure safety and health by all individuals to all parties. The PASMA courses are well structured to cater to the needs of the industries; hence, PASMA qualifications are globally renowned.
PASMA contributes to the continuous development of standards to improve the use and maintenance as well as the inspection of mobile access towers across the globe. This standards agency liaises closely with the local Health and Safety authorities.
Training Centers
Training centers that wish to conduct PASMA courses must be accredited by PASMA. They would need to be trained and equipped with the relevant courses and facilities before being a member of PASMA to conduct the courses.
The facilitators must be constantly aware of the changes in the work at height industry to ensure an updated course syllabus that would be relevant and beneficial to the course candidates. The facilitators must also be updated on the work at height and safety legislation to ensure the right contents are delivered to the learners.
The training premise must be well equipped with the relevant pieces of tools, equipment and other resources to facilitate the training. PASMA courses are meant to cater to a small group of at most a dozen participants to ensure a positive learning environment and outcome.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Coveted Short IPAF Training Courses

IPAF offers many training courses to benefit the industries in the world. Such training is necessary to ensure the right application of tools and techniques in handling a job especially where it refers to work at heights environment.
Various relevant categories of training are available from IPAF which is a leading training accreditation center. It offers courses in Static Vertical and Static Boom as well as PAV or Push around Vertical Training besides the use of harness and MEWPS courses.
IPAF training courses are popular as they conform to the ISO 18878:2004 international standard. These courses are conducted by skilled and trained facilitators who have the relevant industry experience and IPAF accreditation.
These courses were generated in conjunction with the input from relevant industries that require the rightly trained professionals for higher work productivity.
Course syllabus
IPAF training courses would cover the various materials befitting the industry needs. There is the MEWPS operator certificate which is useful to those handling elevated mounts and platforms. Machineries are more elaborate today with the progressive technology; hence, operators of such machineries must be well versed with their functions, capabilities and dangers.
Candidates would learn how to identify the various mobile elevating work tools, equipment and platforms used. They would be taught to understand the statutory regulations and safe working procedures. Up-to-date and relevant information as well as instructions would be given to the learners on the safe use of MEWPS.
Although the course may only be one day long, there would be practical sessions with the theory. There would be sufficient machines for the candidates to identify the parts and functions so that they would be familiar with these machines at their work site later on. Candidates would be taught to inspect the mobile elevating platforms before commencing work to ensure safety and good functionality of the machinery. They would be taught how to operate these machines and tools safely while adhering to the health and safety regulations imposed on MEWPS and work at height environments.
Although it is a short course, candidates gain a lot of benefits from this IPAF course training. The experienced and skilled facilitators are present to guide the candidates on the actual use of the machineries and tools safely; they are available to enlighten candidates on doubts, queries and suggestions which would improve the candidates' performance at the work site.
Successful candidates would receive the coveted IPAF identification card and certification which allows them to operate MEWPS in work at heights environments.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Project Management Concepts Through Interview Questions for Project Managers - Part 1

The aim of this series of articles is to introduce project management concepts. Interview questions one may face for project Manager position are used as a vehicle to introduce these concepts. This is the first part of the series and introduces the preliminaries. The series is going to be in ten parts, and each article in the series will discuss five questions that you may get asked and explain the related questions. Concepts introduced should help you prepare for PMP certification that is often required for a Project Manager position.
The very first question could well be what would be the definition of a project? A project is not like the regular set of activities of an organization. For example a biscuit/cookie factory will have a set of activities defined that are required to produce a specific type of biscuit/cookie. These would be the manufacturing activities. Whereas, if it were decided to create a different kind of packaging for the product that will be taken up as a project activity. The set of activities defined to generate a new packaging will be a onetime project. However, when the packaging is created and approved, the set of activities added/existing activities modified, to create the packaging becomes part of the manufacturing process. In general, the set of activities/tasks that are taken up to create a specific result, product or a process could be defined as a project. By definition these are temporary, one-time activities unlike the everyday manufacturing activities.
If you were asked to provide some examples of a project, it could go as follows. The re-design of the cookie packaging is certainly a project. Another example would be the kind of activities that were scheduled for creating the new product, the Microsoft Surprise tablet. This is also an example of a project that may have related projects. This product project gave rise to a project for the design of the liquid magnesium deposition process for a lightweight yet very strong enclosure for the product. Designing and building a laptop with the latest and the greatest processor released by their manufacturer, creation of an airport for a city are some other examples.
What do you understand by project management? This is a question you would typically face early in the interview. When a project is launched its scope, budget allocations, and required quality levels of the outcome are defined. Necessary resource allocations are made. Risks associated are assessed. The project manager and the project team have to ensure the goals are met at the right quality levels and within the given time and budget. To do so, they need to depend on a range of knowledge and skills. Using the knowledge and the skills, to balance the often conflicting demands of projects, is project management.
The kind of activities required at the beginning of a project and when it closes will, intuitively, be different. Do projects have life-cycle phases? That is a question that is asked often in the opening set of questions. The answer is yes, of course. The kinds of activities required are quite different. The project needs to start with a planning phase that will define how the project will get done. Actually executing the plan and monitoring the progress needs to be part of the project execution phase. If progress should start drifting out of expected variations, corrective actions are required. This is part of the execution phase. Finally, there will be a set of distinct activities that take care of closing the project properly. Recording what has been learnt and modifying documents/ organization's processes accordingly is part of this phase. These documents as a whole are often referred to as an organization's process assets. These could be typically; the way estimates are done; forms to be used; specific data to be captured for a project history; etc.
Projects, Programs and Portfolios are terms often heard in context of project management. What are the differences between them? Program as mentioned beforehand, is more than one project related in some way. The design of the tablet is a program that contains at least two projects. One of them is the process development for the enclosure made of vaporized magnesium. The other project in the program would be design and development of the electronics for the system. A collection of projects taken up to achieve a set of related purposes is a portfolio. A typical fighter plane development would be a portfolio of projects that take care of the airframe, the jet engines, the armaments to go with it, etc.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Project Management Concepts Through Interview Questions for Project Managers - 4

The aim of this series of articles is to introduce project management concepts. Interview questions one may face for project Manager position, are used as a vehicle to introduce these concepts. This is the fourth part of the series and further concepts. The series is going to be in ten parts, and each article in the series will discuss five questions that you may get asked and explain the related questions. Concepts introduced should help you prepare for PMP certification that is often required for a Project Manager position.
Quite often, customers request projects. There is one document that details what the customer requires the project to achieve. What is the requirements' document, typically, known as? A statement of works or SOW is the name of the document. It contains details of the expected outcomes of the project. What product, services or result are explicitly stated in the document. Quality levels to be achieved are also included in the document. It is as detailed as possible as the SOW forms a part of the contract between the customer and the executing organization.
One of the biggest problems associated with scope management is to manage the scope creep. Change being a constant, minimizing the effect of changes in the scope is a major concern. The scope can obviously affect the scope. How does one manage scope for the least effect on the time and cost budget? Scope management starts with requirements gathering, followed by defining the scope. To ensure that the initial definition of what's to be done is accurate, the project scope needs to be broken down to as many details as possible. That ensures two things. One, the work required is defined completely and the corresponding execution time estimate is accurate. The detailed list of work is known as the work breakdown structure or the WBS. A dictionary (WBS dictionary) that may define further details is also associated with the WBS. A scope baseline is defined by the WBS and the associated WBS dictionary. Scope management also must include mechanisms to control scope creep. All the planning of a project is based on this scope baseline, and thus the plans can get messed up if the original scope does not remain well controlled.
How does the WBS affect time estimates of activities in a Project? Activities required for a project, and sub-activities required for each are defined in the WBS. The breakdown needs to go down to details such that, the activity is completely defined. No further simplification is called for. WBS dictionary contains additional details of each task. These details help arrive at effort estimate and their time estimates quite accurately. Dependencies between activities are also all spelt out in these documents.
Sometimes changes are inevitable. What one needs to watch out for, is that the changes do not cause uncontrolled consequences. How can change control be managed? Everything being interlinked, all the effects and changes necessary in project documents and plans should be updated systematically. An integrated change control process can ensure this systematic change on all the documents/plans. Document changes are made only when the change requests are approved by a review board with sufficient authority.
How does one define a milestone? Milestone is a marker on the project time schedule. This marks the point at which some clearly defined objective; a part of the expected results or services are achieved. Achievement of these milestones gives the project team a good feel of how much of the project, goals have been achieved.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Managing Resistance in Adult Learners

Just like getting enough rest, washing your hands often, and eating a healthy diet can help prevent a cold, prevention through good training design and delivery can go a long way in heading off resistance with challenging training participants.
Following is a roundup of five prevention strategiess that can help you manage resistance in the-long-time-in-their career-and-tired-of-training folks, the-law-says-I-have-to-be-here-court-ordered folks, or the my-boss-made-me-come folks.
  1. Get off the pedestal early and honor your audience: Affirm their expertise, thank them for their time, assert your intent to validate and utilize their experience and to create an environment in which they will have access to and interaction with others who do what they do so that they can exchange ideas, be refreshed in a community of their peers, extend their practice, and pick up some additional tips for their toolbox.

  2. Save your I'm a star stories for family and share your funny self-effacing stories:Avoid stories that make you look like a super star and instead share the more hair-raising, funny, boy-did-I-learn-a-lesson stories. It levels the playing field, it bonds you through shared experiences, it gives you credibility as having been around the block in your shared field, while making you more human and probably a lot more tolerable, likeable even, to your indentured audience.

  3. Create a Community Agreement: This is a more palatable version of "ground rules" because it is created together and elicited with: "What will help you be comfortable and get your needs met today? What will help us work effectively together?" As a member of the community you can add your non-negotiables as well as your promises such as, "Start and end on time", and "Take good care of yourselves," i.e. have a snack, pace, stretch, use the restroom, stand at the back even if it isn't break. Then invite everyone to be Keepers of the Agreement. Give an example that uses yourself as the violator of the agreement by saying, "So if you notice that I'm not starting or ending on time, please feel free to remind me of our agreement." The nice thing about community agreements is that someone will always suggest things like, Be open minded, Be respectful, Avoid cross-talk, so when someone isn't doing those things, you have permission to remind them of the agreement, as do others.

  4. Spend time on introductions and letting people share what they want out of the day. If you have 10-20 participants you can hear from everyone. More than that and you can ask for folks to raise their hand as you call out work contexts with which they identify themselves. For learning goals and hopes for the day, you can have them share them with the person sitting next to them and then ask for a sampling from the group so that you know what people are expecting and you can better meet their needs. If you pay careful attention (especially if you have them write them down and post them) you can direct your training, illustrations and examples in the direction of their expressed needs and desires while staying within the context of the larger, advertised training outcome.

  5. Attend to adult learner characteristics in your design: Use a variety of interactive activities, give time for folks to share their examples and expertise, deliver material through different modalities and engage at least 2 senses during every activity, and always give real-life application exercises. Adult learners want to solve a problem in their lives, enhance their status or self-esteem so you'll go a long way in preventing problems by helping the adult learners in your training accomplish these goals.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Workshop in the Wild

By living in the big city, one has the advantage of having all of society's urban amenities just steps from your front door. But every so often, it is wonderful to escape into the countryside, where fresh air, clean lakes, and peace and quiet replace the concrete jungle of cars, crowds and hustle. Some urban dwellers are lucky to be able to get out to the countryside on a regular basis. For others, with busy work schedules and regular family and social obligations, finding the time and means to get out of the city is much more difficult. This is especially true if one is balancing work and studying at the same time.
But what if there were a way to take advantage of the wilderness as part of an education? Nature is not only a wonderful environment to learn in, due to its tranquility and absence of distractions. It is also a great learning tool in itself. There are numerous valuable skills to learn in the countryside, covering everything from learning to identify which plants and trees are edible or medicinal, to learning overall survival skills living in the wilderness.
Now, it is safe to assume that the average person, or even the student of nature, does not actually require wilderness survival skills barring some grand urban catastrophe. Nevertheless, continuing education programs that offer non-credit workshops in the wilderness can be practical for everyday living, not to mention loads of fun. Most importantly, the experience gained from a real wilderness course is one hundred per cent irreplaceable, meaning these things cannot be taught in traditional classrooms, nor can they be learned in books.
Here are some activities one can have in a wilderness workshop:
· Building shelter: learning the proper set-up of tenting gear, or even creating shelter from natural materials 
· Long-distance hiking and trekking: learn about appropriate packing, nourishment, and weather protection for extended journeys on foot, as well as navigation with or without a compass 
· Plant and Tree identification: learn to distinguish edible plants from harmful and poisonous ones, and learn to use plant life for first aid purposes 
· Fishing: learn techniques for proper fishing for recreation or consumption, how to properly prepare fish for eating, as well as conservation rules for preserving water wildlife 
· Animal Safety: what to do in case confronted with aggressive or dangerous animals, such as bears or wolves 
· Fire-making: effective techniques for safe and controlled fires, what to do in case of accidental fire spread 
· Water-Procurement: how to locate water, as well as treat and filter it if necessary

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why Should I Not Go Straight Into a NEBOSH Diploma Qualification?

A NEBOSH diploma is one of the most prestigious health and safety qualifications available in the world. Founded in 1979, NEBOSH have become one of the largest health and safety awarding bodies in the world, and, one of the most respected. Their qualifications are taken by approximately 35,000 people each year.
Of all the qualifications that they offer, the NEBOSH diploma qualifications are the most comprehensive. These qualifications are designed for professional health and safety advisers, and require a large amount of time and dedication to complete. As an example, NEBOSH estimate that for the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, candidates should expect 241 hours of taught tuition and 234 hours of self study and reading. They are so comprehensive that many universities will accept the qualifications as part of the entry requirements for MSC programmes!
Because of the sheer amount of work involved, a NEBOSH diploma is only suitable for those who are serious about obtaining it, and are prepared to put the work in. Anybody who is not prepared to put the work in from the outset should not take the qualification. Many companies and organisations will put certain employees on a health and safety course, either because it is a legal requirement or they think it will be a benefit to the company to have a person or people qualified in health and safety. In some of these cases, the person may be a bit reluctant to go on the course, particularly if they are being forced to against their will by their company. If they do not 100% want to be there, they will not give their full attention to the information being taught, or complete the required homework or reading. For a short course or one that is not accredited, they may be able to get by and learn enough to pass. For a NEBOSH diploma qualification though, this is just not an option. Only a person who is totally committed to obtaining the qualification will be able to get through the hundreds of hours of taught tuition and self study required to pass; it is not a qualification that you can force someone to do!
The comprehensive nature of the qualification also means that it is not suitable as a first qualification for someone who has no previous health and safety training. Although it may seem more appealing to pay once for the most comprehensive qualification, candidates will struggle with a diploma without this previous knowledge. Most health and safety training providers will require those wishing to enrol on the course to have a qualification such as the NEBOSH General Certificate as a pre-requisite before they will even consider them. THE NEBOSH diploma qualifications are equivalent to degree-level qualifications, and just like degree courses, students need to be able to show that they have the required foundation knowledge before enrolling.
As well as being some of the most comprehensive, NEBOSH diploma courses are also some of the most expensive, which is another reason why they should only be undertaken if you can give full commitment to it in order to put in the hours required.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Study Book Before Starting a Health and Safety Course?

For health and safety training courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate where a study book accompanies the course, many delegates often request to be sent the book beforehand so that they can familiarise themselves with the course content and what they are likely to face. Whilst this may seem on the surface to have some advantages, the disadvantages outweigh the benefits, which is why many providers prefer to give out the book on the first day of the course (or even a few days into the course) and are reluctant to send it out in advance.
The main reason for not allowing delegates to see the book beforehand is that for many it will be their first experience of classroom-based health and safety training. Whilst some may already have a good level of health and safety knowledge and be on the course simply because it is a legal requirement for them to hold a certain qualification, others will be attending the course because they do not currently have little or no health and safety knowledge, at least not to the level of complexity required by their position. Like a school child opening up a textbook designed for a university student, in all probability they will simply be overwhelmed by the level of detail it contains. Much of this information is designed to be taught first by a knowledgeable tutor before being read or looked up in a text book, so seeing the content written down in the book before it has been taught may frighten or at least discourage potential attendees. Some may even panic and decide that they will never be able to understand all that and not even show up to the course (it happens!). This is the main reason for not sending the textbook in advance.
Another reason is that different course tutors may prefer to teach the course syllabus in a different order to that of the book. A lot of the accredited health and safety courses are made up of modules which do not necessarily have to be taught one after the other or in a certain order. Some modules may even have a direct relevance to other modules, and the course tutor may prefer to teach one module before another one, even though they may be located in different sections of the book. If a delegate has read ahead, they may misunderstand the points being made, which could cause a problem if it relates to another module or unit as well. This is why course tutors much prefer to teach the delegates the information to ensure it is correctly understood, before they read about it in the book and potentially get the wrong end of the stick.
As well as the potential for misunderstanding, for some courses these textbooks can be big, weighty things which cost a lot of money. Not only does sending it in the post cost money in shopping charges, but there is also the possibility of it getting lost in transit. Just as likely, if not more so, is that if the delegate receives the book a couple of weeks or so before the start of the course, there is a good chance of them misplacing it, which means somebody has to fork out more money to replace it. Whether that's the training provider, the delegate's company, or the delegate themselves, somebody won't be too happy about shelling out for this avoidable cost!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Selling Insurance? Make Sure Your Continuing Education Is Up to Date

Professional fields such as medicine, law and science are always in flux, with new information being added constantly. If you hired a professional in one of these areas, you would expect him or her to be completely up to date in their field of knowledge. You wouldn't want a doctor who is practicing medicine from the 1800s, would you?
The same holds true for the insurance industry. It undergoes legal shifts, innovations and refinements regularly, and not keeping up with the latest information can hold emotional and financial consequences for clients. For this reason, the industry's licensing boards have set standards that all agents must meet to keep their license current. This way, consumers have the peace of mind of knowing that their life, health or home insurance agent is privy to the very latest products, innovations and laws.
If you are a licensed insurance agent, continuing education is serious business. In fact, the most state Department of Insurance Agent and Adjuster Licensing Divisions considers continuing education so important that they now sending courtesy notices to license holders around the time of license renewal so they are aware they have continuing education hours to complete.
If you hold a license for Life, Accident, Health, Property and Casualty, Managing General Agent, are a Life or Health Counselor or a Public Adjuster, most states will require 30 hours of continuing education credits for each two year licensing period; sometimes with a fraction of those hours focusing on ethics and consumer protection. County Mutual and Limited Lines licensees usually require fewer total continuing education hours in total, but generally still must take some type of classes on ethics as part of the requirement. For all agents, these classes typically must be completed by the day prior to your license expiry date, even if you are not using your license. If you miss your date, there is generally a fine of a certain dollar amount per deficient continuing education hour. Some states offer grace periods--make sure your understand your state's particular requirements.
Luckily, most states allow you to earn hours by being active in a state or national association. Beyond that, you must participate in qualifying courses that are offered by accredited universities, colleges or law schools; are part of a national designation certification program; approved by the continuing education approval authority of a state bar or state board of public accountancy; or approved under the guidelines set forth by the state in which you are licenses. Luckily, there are many online courses available to make meeting this requirement easy and painless, especially if you are trying to fulfill your requirement at the last moment. Online study is often engaging; many companies use a multi-media format to capture salient points and make them easier to comprehend and remember.
Whether you choose an online format or a classroom, remember to make sure your classes are given by an accredited source, and within the appropriate timeframe to keep your insurance license active

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Project Management Concepts Through Interview Questions for Project Managers - 6

The aim of this series of articles is to introduce project management concepts. Interview questions one may face for project Manager position, are used as a vehicle to introduce these concepts. This is the sixth part of the series and further concepts. The series is going to be in ten parts, and each article in the series will discuss five questions that you may get asked and explain the related questions. Concepts introduced should help you prepare for PMP certification that is often required for a Project Manager position.
Processes are important in everything that is done for a project. What does a process make sure of, then? A dictionary defines a process as "a way of systematic monitoring and evaluation of aspects of a project, service or facility to ensure that standards of quality are met." Quality of everything that goes into a project is necessary. Making sure that no mistakes are made, while making a product, is also of paramount importance. Processes can ensure these aspects and are important.
In the activity schedule diagram there will tasks whose start time and/or end times may not be very critical. The start may be delayed by a few days without affecting anything else in the schedule. Similarly the end date for an activity may slip by a few days when the subsequent activity will not be affected. These margins are called floats. Not all activities have floats. What is a critical path in the schedule network diagram? The path through the diagram where a sequence of activities do not have any associated float represent the critical path. It is critical because any delay in completion of an earlier activity will delay the subsequent one and the overall project deadline.
Sometimes it is necessary to compress the time schedule of an on-going project. That is possible only by compressing the project time schedule. What are the methods of compressing the time schedule? Fast tracking and crashing are two methods available. Fast tracking looks at opportunities of making activities speeded up by applying additional resources. Cost control is not of prime importance. If team members are to be paid more or an external consultant called in, that would be done. Shaving off time from the project schedule is more important. When cost control is more important, you try to reduce the time by minimizing the floats in the schedule network.
When a project is in execution, it needs to be monitored continuously to find if more efforts are being required or costs are exceeding budget. Effort variance is a measure of how much effort is being spent. What is effort variance, then? The variance is the difference between planned effort and the amount of work the project is actually taking. It is essential to keep measuring this at every monitoring point so that corrective actions could be taken early enough.
Earned value measurement is a means of keeping track of variances. This is done by monitoring PV or planned vale, EV or earned value and AC or the actual cost. At planning time a performance measurement baseline also is created. This PMB has all the PVs noted for every monitoring point. How does the earned value management or EMV find the effort variance? At a given monitoring point, variances from baselines are determined. There are two variance values that are calculated. One is CV or cost variance that tells you if earned value has been achieved at the budgeted cost. The other variance is the schedule variance or the SV. The SV tells you if the earned value was achieved in the planned time. If there is variance in either or both, corrective actions need to be planned.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Project Management Training: What It Can Do To A Business

Project management training can make the staff alert about the business objectives and helps make the business environment professional. When this type of training is taken, the business goals are reaffirmed and the instructions become clear to each and every person working on the project. If this training is incorporated into every business environment, then it can run on an efficient scale and the problems of the organization could be reduced. There are many reasons why businesses should enforce this professional training and some of the reasons are explained in detail below.
A Professional Environment Leads to A Good Business Image
When you have professional workers working for you, then you automatically start gaining a business image in the market. People start to rely on you and depict you as a reliable company. If the objectives are clear to your workers and the management process is explained clearly, then there is a very small chance of things going wrong. If you bring in managers to carry out the training process, then the project can be assessed without big problems. All you have to do is make sure the communication is proper and that the message is understood by your staff members taking on that specific project. This type of training should be enforced in any new organization because they have to start making a name for themselves in the market. Without a business image an organization does not have much creditability with the customers. That is why having professionals and training staff to act in a proper manner is very important to the business. This will help the business establish itself over time and will help it start to create a customer base.
Customers Are Loyal To Professional Organizations
When you have a professional organization that has the proper training, then customers are likely to be attracted. Many people are serious about the products that they are loyal to or the services that they prefer every single time. If you want your business to prosper every step of the way, then satisfying your customers through your workforce is very important. If your employees know what to do and they have the skills to get out of every risky situation, then you know that your business will prosper in the long run.
If you have project management training, then you will be able to get more deals, help increase the communication flow of the business, and will be able to handle any cultural variation issues. Your team should be strong and if you train them to handle difficult situations. This will help your business have the core competency to prosper. Every business should consider this type of training because it helps to reduce the cost of the business and helps to avoid blunders. Businesses that incorporate this are usually on top of their game and they have managed their staff successfully. If you own a business and have not tried this yet, then you should definitely take a look into it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Strategies for Cracking the MBA Exams

CAT training institutes in Delhi have developed several strategies, using which, candidates can achieve success in this year's examination. If you too are planning to appear for MBA exams in India, then read on; we have some valuable information for you.
1. Duration versus concentration- Majority of the toppers of previous years' entrance tests have reiterated their belief that it does not matter how long you have been preparing for the entrance test, but of how much relevance your studied matter is to the current exam scenario. The key to cracking the MBA exams is to appear for hundreds of mock tests and analyzing them thoroughly. The analysis of mocks can be quite tricky because of the fact that there are two ways of approaching them: a right technique and a wrong one. Naturally candidates need to be aware of the right solutions.
2. Chalking out a timetable and sticking to it-Majority of the CAT training institutes in Delhi are advising and urging students, especially the busy professionals, to devote at least five hours of study each day for success in the exam. You must find out a plan that works for you and stick to it. This includes finding out your strength and weaknesses and devising methods of reinforcing and correcting them respectively. There is no 'one-size-fits -all' solution and you must do what suits you the best.
3. You also need to take both, the full length and the sectional MBA exams. This will help you arrive at a suitable strategy and know where your weaknesses lie. Even if you have not completed few portions of the syllabus, you need to start appearing for the mock tests. Solve at least one test daily: it could be the whole test, or chapter based one, so that you can work on the improvements over the weekend.
4. CAT training institutes in Delhi also insist that students solve the MBA exam papers from the previous years. This will give students an idea regarding the difficulty level of the exams and also help one to prepare better. The key here is to solve different questions and first focus only on the basics; then one can move onto the more difficult parts. Naturally, one must focus on quality rather than quantity. This means that: it is essential you solve few complex problems rather than 100 easy ones.
5. Analysis is also very important. You might have given hundreds of mock tests but your work remains incomplete if you do not analyze them. You should also have a good coach/teacher/ mentor who will help you with this task. Analysis of mocks will help students become aware of their mistakes, understand concepts and also reduce errors in the actual MBA exams.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Introductory Guide to the Part P Qualification

All electrical installation work carried out must conform to the new Building Regulations which were introduced on January 1st, 2005. In both England and Wales, Building Regulations are set out in the Building Act 1984, a statute consolidating previous legislation concerning building, buildings, and related matters. Within the Building Regulations, there are a total of fourteen technical parts of which the Part P is applicable to Electrical safety within Domestic Dwellings. As of January 2005, the Building Regulations state that anyone who carries out electrical works in houses and flats must be competent to do so, and hold a good working knowledge and clear understanding of Part P of the Building Regulations. To assist those with little experience to become competent electricians there are currently numerous Government approved competent person schemes which support the Part P.
Part P courses, formally known as the 'City and Guilds 2393 - Level 3 Certificate in the Building Regulations for electrical installations in a dwelling (2393-10)', are specially designed for those with little electrical experience who are wishing to undertake domestic electrical installation work, either for themselves or others, as well as those wishing to become a Domestic Electrical Installer.
Part P Courses are quick courses which generally only take one or two days to complete. Besides providing the competence to carry out electrical work around the house, the Part P Qualification also provides a very stable start for anyone wishing to proceed further up the Electrical career ladder. To meet the current requirements, Part P training courses are all extremely similar and generally cover the grounds mentioned below:
  • Part P notification of Building Work and Non-notifiable work.
  • Certification of Electrical work.
  • Competent Person Schemes.
  • Installing and/or rerouting cables.
  • Classes of Building Exempt Building Control.
  • Safe isolation procedures.
  • Earthing and Bonding requirements.
Besides a stable career start, professional experience, and in depth knowledge of the Building Regulations, the Part P Qualification also enables electricians to join a Competent Person Self-Certificated scheme, such as NICEIC, ELECSA, and NAPIT.
Competent person Self-Certificated schemes, also referred to as competent person schemes, enable registered installers who are competent in their field, to self-certify certain types of building works as compliant with the current requirements of the Building Regulations. The schemes were first introduced by the Government in 2002 and offer a range of benefits to the building industry and its consumers. Scheme members generally save a great amount of time as they do not have to notify in advance and do not require for a building control body to check and inspect their work. Consumers also benefit from the schemes as building control charges are not payable, and thus the prices will be significantly lower.
Competent person schemes help avoid the problem of 'cowboy builders' by raising the standards in the industry, and providing the consumers with competent and professional installers. The schemes also save building control bodies the need to check up on all electrical works carried out and thus enable them with more time to concentrate their resources on areas of higher risk.