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25 July 2018 |   ByFugro Media
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Fugro’s Applied Hydrographic Survey training course has achieved world-class Cat B (S-5B) accreditation from the International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC).

The standards for this accreditation were developed by the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA).  Administered by the IBSC, accreditation ensures that the courses have been independently validated and approved. In developing this programme Fugro's in-house training team, Fugro Academy have complied with these standards whilst leveraging Fugro’s expertise gained from over fifty years of experience in collecting offshore data.

The standards recognise two levels of programme. Category A introduces content and learning outcomes primarily from the underlying principles level, Category B introduces these principally from a practical level. Therefore, with appropriate experience, a Category A qualified individual, could be classed as a senior professional in their chosen field (government, industry, academia). Category B qualified individuals, with appropriate experience, would be professional technical practitioners preparing and delivering products and services.

Programme details

This internally developed 24-week programme is scheduled to run from January 2019 at the Fugro Academy Training Centre in Plymouth, UK. Open to Fugro staff and external applicants who meet the course prerequisites, the course will be delivered by the multi-disciplinary team of dedicated and experienced Fugro training staff.  Permanently based at the facility to provide training, they also assist the company with research and development, software and hardware trials and testing, and standardisation.  This ensures that the high-quality training and teaching material remains focussed, relevant and up-to-date and that delegates are exposed to proven modern techniques and equipment. The accreditation mean that training programme meets the requirements of FIG/IHO/ICA S-5B Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors.

The standards recognise two levels of programme. Category A introduces content and learning outcomes primarily from the underlying principles level, Category B introduces these principally from a practical level. Therefore, with appropriate experience, a Category A qualified individual, could be classed as a senior professional in their chosen field (government, industry, academia). Category B qualified individuals, with appropriate experience, would be professional technical practitioners preparing and delivering products and services.

Fugro's training site has dedicated computer suites, lecture rooms, workshops, equipment, and vessels in addition to year-round access to Plymouth Sound. This historic location has allowed Fugro Academy to develop strong relationships with local organisations and companies, including Plymouth University and the Royal Naval Hydrographic School. Our collaborative approach ensures a wide range of expert guest lecturers and site visits, enriching the course experience and allowing participants to build a broader understanding of the subject.

Survey vessel Bryn coming home
Survey vessel Bryn returning to Fugro Academy base in Plymouth

“The development of this training course has arguably been one of the biggest undertakings in Fugro Academy’s history. Receiving the accreditation by the board is the ultimate recognition and validation of the immense effort that has been put in by a dedicated team, over many years, to reach the long-held goal of providing world-class externally accredited survey training.”
Wayne Reynolds, Fugro’s Global Training Manager – Marine Site Characterisation
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Courses run at the bespoke training facility benefit from Fugro's considerable in-house resources

Origins

Fugro Academy was created in late 2006. A global, group-wide, training initiative, it supports staff learning and development by providing standardised theoretical and practical training across the business.  This entails providing office and field staff with access to a wide range of courses delivered in a variety of ways. Instructor-led classroom and practical training sits alongside a wide range of e-learning modules covering technical, HSE and business-related topics.

The academy has won several awards. These include the Australasian Hydrographic Society award for Corporate Achievement in Training in 2009 and the Times Higher Education Award in 2014 (in conjunction with the Marine Learning Alliance where Fugro provided the original concept and initial expertise in support). More recently, the academy won the Learning and Development Award of the Year at the HR Network Scotland National Awards 2017.

Detailed information on the programme, including course fees and entry requirements, are available by emailing the course team at hydro-training@fugro.com

In the previous version of this article it was stated that “This internally developed 24-week programme, run by Fugro’s in-house training team Fugro Academy, is the first industry Category B hydrographic training programme to achieve this internationally recognised certification”.  It has come to Fugro’s attention that the statement may be misinterpreted, and therefore Fugro wish to clarify that Fugro is not the first organisation to be accredited.

Did you know?

By late 2016 Fugro Academy had presented more than 180 business development and management programmes to 2800 internal delegates. In parallel, a large portfolio of survey and ROV technical training had seen over 11,000 staff participate in almost 50,000 days of training, with over 350,000 e-learning modules completed.

 

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