SAN ANTONIO — The Composites Fabricators Association introduced a new certification program and will broaden the offerings soon.
``The purpose is to provide uniform training across the industry,'' Robert Lacovara, CFA's director of technical services, said at Composites '98 in San Antonio.
CFA set one year of employment as a minimum for an individual applying to become a Certified Composites Technician. The CCT level-one program is aimed at shop-floor employees, group leaders, supervisors, foremen and production managers.
In early 1999, CFA will add an instructors' track for those wishing to teach a CCT course. By October, it will present level-one modules on pultrusion and compression molding. Students will use self-study modules and undergo written examinations. Some experienced workers might take the exam without study. A certification is good for three years.
CFA will launch a level-two program on theoretical and technical issues in 2000, and a level-three master composites technician program, involving university study, in 2001, Lacovara said.