Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Visit us in Calgary at Coking.Com

The Delayed Coking Seminar will be held in Calgary, September 13-16th.  RDC will be presenting with Foster Wheeler and will host a hospitality suite where we will be able to show you first hand the features of the KnowledgeWeb for the Foster Wheeler SYDECSM Process and answer questions.  Stop by for refreshments on Wednesday evening.  We hope to see you there!

CEUs and Certificates

Did you know that you and your workers can earn continuing education units (CEUs) through our courses? RDC is proud to be an Authorized Provider certified by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Our certification means that our programs have been validated and approved, and follow established adult education theory and instructional design practices.  Upon successful completion of RDC courses, you can request your CEU transcripts to use in your continuing education and training activities.  Colleges, universities and professional associations all recognize the IACET CEU.
Motivational Certificates of Achievement and hardhat decals are also available for successful completion of PILOT and ePILOT courses.  Contact for more information

New Release: Process Safety and Fatigue Management

In August, RDC announced the addition of a new online learning program to the ePILOT EH&S library. "Process Safety and Fatigue Management" is designed to help users meet the basic training requirements of ANSI/API's Recommended Practice 755. This module will provide a useful addition to any process facility's fatigue management program. The course is accessible via the internet and includes information regarding fatigue risks, shift work sleep disorder, and how to obtain quality sleep.  Read the press release.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

3 Tips for Getting the Most From Your Training

Employees can attend training sessions, but having gone to training doesn't mean they learned. When it comes to safety, productivity and performance, what your employees know is more important than what their records may say. To truly know a topic, there must be understanding of concepts, attachments to prior knowledge and the ability to apply the new knowledge. How can you be sure your employees have the knowledge they need?
  • The first step is to reach your employees by using learning content that is designed specifically for them, adult learners in process industries. Adult learners prefer to learn new relevant information, gain proficiency in a short period of time, and realize a sense of accomplishment. Content customization provides the ability to blend site-specific information with training content so that learning is relevant. Eliminating unnecessary training allows employees to learn relevant topics more quickly. On demand training gives employees self-direction and convenience in the learning process.
  • The next step is assessment. Assess and validate knowledge prior to beginning training so employees can focus time on learning only material they need. Upon completing a learning module, assess again to verify that learning has taken place. Answers should be automatically graded and revealed to learners to aid in self-direction and remediation.
  • Finally, use a dynamic learning methodology to adapt the training to each learner's needs based on the assessment. Dynamic learning selects and delivers only content that the employee still needs to master. The sequence of assessment, training, assessment, continues until the employee reaches 100% proficiency. Dynamic learning expedites individual learning eliminating unecessary or redundant content.
Use this learner-specific, closed-loop approach to help your employees reach 100% efficiency as quickly as possible.

PILOT Series Celebrates 50 Years!

Since our origins as the exclusive developer of Programs In Learning Operating Techniques (PILOT) for the American Petroleum Institute we have expanded from workbooks, to video, to online modules and more.  
Today, we offer over 200 courses and more than 600 hours of industry-validated PILOT and ePILOT modules.  It is the most comprehensive training and compliance solution available today. Courses have been certified to stringent learning standards by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Release: Steam Boiler Operations

RDC recently announced the addition of a new online learning program on steam boiler operations as part of the ePILOT Core Competency library. With the course, "Introduction to Steam Boiler Operations," users will learn about types of steam boilers, water chemistry, and basic operations. This program expands the ePILOT learning content on Fired Heaters. Current ePILOT Core Competency subscribers will receive an automatic seamless update to their subscriptions and the new program will be be included in their library.
The online course covers important topics such as process flow, steam tables, blowdown, thermal shock, and safe warm up.