Thursday, March 14, 2013

Continuation Training

         Orient Flights published schedule of refresher course is going to be conducted on 15th and 16 march.
              Continuation training(Refresher Course) is one of the requirement for renewal of AME licence by DGCA or renewal of Certification Authorisation by Quality Dept in any organisation.
             Continuation training is a two way process to ensure that certifying staff remain
current in terms of procedures, human factors and technical knowledge and that the organisation receives feedback on the adequacy of its procedures and maintenance instructions. 
             Due to the interactive nature of this training, consideration should be given to the possibility that such training has the involvement of the quality department to ensure that feedback is actioned. 
            There should be a procedure to ensure that feedback is formally passed from the training department to the quality department to initiate action.
            Continuation training should cover changes in relevant requirements such as
CAR-145, changes in organisation procedures and the modification standard of the products being maintained plus human factor issues identified from any internal or external analysis of incidents. 
               Sometimes staff failed to follow procedures and the reasons why particular procedures are not always followed. In many cases the continuation training will reinforce the need to follow procedures and ensure that incomplete or incorrect procedures are identified to the company in order that they can be corrected. 
              Continuation training should be of sufficient duration in each 2 year period to
meet the intent of 145.A.35(d) and may be split into a number of separate elements.
             CAR145.A.35(d) requires such training to keep certifying staff updated in terms of
relevant technology, procedures and human factors issues which means it is one
part of ensuring quality. 
             Sufficient duration should be related to relevant quality audit findings and other internal / external sources of information available to the organisation on human errors in maintenance. 
              If  an organisation that maintains aircraft with few relevant quality audit findings, continuation training could be limited to days. 
                 .For an organisation that maintains aircraft components, the duration of continuation training would follow the same philosophy but should be scaled down to reflect the more limited nature of the activity. For example certifying staff who release hydraulic pumps may only require a few hours of continuation training whereas those who release turbine engine may only require a few days of such training.
                        Content of continuation training should be related to relevant quality audit findings and it is recommended that such training is reviewed at least once in every 24 month period.
                   Method of training is intended to be a flexible process and could, for example, include a continuation training course, aeronautical college courses,
internal short duration courses, seminars, etc. 
                    The elements, general content and length of such training should be specified in the maintenance organisation exposition unless such training is undertaken by an organisation approved when such details may be specified under the approval and cross referenced in the maintenance organisation exposition.
                         The programme for continuation training should list all certifying staff and support
staff and when training will take place, the elements of such training and an
indication that it was carried out reasonably on time as planned. Such information
should subsequently be transferred to the certifying staff and support staff record as required by 145.A.35 (j).
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