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Guidance Material and Best Practices for the Implementation of Competency-Based Training in Maintenance
This manual covers:
- The first steps of hiring aircraft maintenance mechanics/technicians/engineers (AMM/ AMT/AME
- The establishment of their required competencies
- Ab-initio and recurrent training
- The assessment of their required competencies to perform specified maintenance tasks
BackgroundCompetency-based-training requires competencies to be defined in a first instance and then compared to existing competencies. The gap should then be filled by a training program. As of today, the competencies that a particular trainee brings into a training program are not always taken into account. Entry requirements are not always stipulated or assessed before the course. As a result, the course content may risk being a repetition of previously attended training or, at the other extreme, be above the trainee’s level of comprehension. To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of training programs, students’ current competencies must be evaluated against the competencies that need to be achieved. This manual gives guidance on how to implement such training.
Benefits of competency-based training in maintenance:
- More focused training: individual training needs are identified and the training focusses on filing the specific knowledge, skill and attitude gaps of the student.
- Addressing particular job requirements: due to the wide variation of maintenance tasks, no single training program can satisfy the training requirements of maintenance personnel. A variety of training programs that reflect the different job requirements in the various fields of maintenance have to be established. Competency-based training moves away from content and instructor centered training to student and competency centered programs.
- Harmonized task performance standards: competency-based training programs result in maintenance personnel that are trained and assessed against competency standards. They hold records that provide evidence that these individuals meet the defined standards, which make it easier for maintenance organizations to employ personnel from other countries and organizations.
- Airlines’ maintenance management
- Maintenance Training Organizations (MTOs)
- Government agencies
- Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
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