Do I need to be Category I certified in order to take the Category II course and exam?
No. While the Category I course will provide a useful introduction which will make it far easier to understand the topics covered in Category II, the Category II course does not assume prior knowledge.
What if I do not meet the experience requirements, can I still take the course and exam?
Yes. While the experience would help you to better understand the issues and concepts being discussed, you can take the course, and the exam. If you pass the exam you will be provided with a certificate, but you will not be certified. When you do meet the experience requirements you can contact Mobius and once your experience is verified you will be certified.
What do I receive when I am certified?
You will be issued with a photo ID card and a certificate. Your name will also appear on the Mobius Institute website (unless you would prefer to remain anonymous).
What are the experience requirements for Category I, II, and III?
(From the MIBoC guide ED161-2) The requirements are:
Category I - 6 months
Category II - 24 months
Category III - 48 months.
What type of experience is required for Category I, II, and III?
The experience requirements exist simply to ensure that you have experienced the issues related to poor reliability: downtime, lower than desired production output, frustration with breakdowns, etc. In the case of Category II and III, the experience requirements also exist to ensure that you have some experience improving reliability. It is not expected that you have been a full-time reliability engineer or program leader, but it is expected that you may have been involved with some of the common activities, such as: condition monitoring, the acquisition of laser alignment or other precision maintenance tools, root cause failure analysis, and so on.
How long is the exam?
(From the MIBoC guide ED161-2) The requirements are:
Category I: 60 questions, duration 2 hours, 70% passing grade.
Category II: 100 questions, duration 3 hours, 70% passing grade.
Category III: 100 questions, duration 3 hours, 70% passing grade.
How are the exam questions developed?
The Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) has established an independent Technical Committee (TC) and questions have been submitted for approval from other industry experts. Questions are proposed, audited, and reviewed by the TC. MIBoC has developed a process that utilizes software developed for the task so that the exam questions are protected, and so that all changes are tracked. The TC is made up of industry experts and experienced people who work in the field from around the world.
Once a question has been used in an exam, special statistical processes, called psychometrics, are used to check if any questions are too easy, too hard, or too confusing. Those questions are then reviewed by the TC and either improved or rejected.
Is the Asset Reliability Practitioner certification scheme based on an ISO standard?
No. Unfortunately, there is not an ISO standard for the certification of reliability practitioners or anything close to it.
However, the Mobius Institute Board of Certification [MIBoC] ED-161 scheme is modeled on the ISO 18436 standards; the topics are mapped to the ISO 55000 standards; the scheme follows ISO/IEC 17024; and the core knowledge and vocabulary/terminology is based on definitions developed in a variety of ISO standards (and other international standards). The topics themselves, and all of the requirements, were developed over a long time by the MIBoC Scheme Committee and Technical Committee. The SC and TC are made up of industry experts and experienced people who work in the field from around the world.
If Mobius certifies me at Category I, II, or III, does that mean that I am qualified to do my job and thus do not require any supervision?
No. Certification at Category I, II, and III demonstrates that you have some experience in an industrial setting, and that you understand certain facts, concepts and principles, but it does not mean that an employer should not take responsibility for the tasks that you are assigned to perform. Having said that, a person who has passed Category II should have the knowledge necessary to become an effective reliability engineer, and a person who passes Category III should be able to manage and lead a reliability improvement initiative.
Are the applications details provided as part of the Category IIx and IIIx certification process, the evidence submitted, and the interview records, available to a prospective employer?
No, not unless the candidate authorizes Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) to release the information.
What can I do if I believe that a person certified Category IIx or IIIx does not meet the requirements?
You should contact Mobius Institute Board of Certification. We will investigate the matter, and you can remain anonymous if you wish.
Do I have to be Category II or III certified to become Category IIx or IIIx certified?
Yes. The Category II and III certification indicates that the candidate has the necessary knowledge, and the Category IIx and IIIx indicates that the candidate has the required experience and demonstrated competence.
How many people have been certified under a scheme managed by the Mobius Institute Board of Certification [MIBoC]?
Over 15,000 people have been certified in approximately 140 countries.
What does it mean to be an accredited certification scheme?
Any organization can come up with a training course and an exam for their course. They can then call the people who pass that exam “certified”. But there is a standard developed by the International Standards Organization called ISO/IEC 17024 that defines what is required to operate a fair and independent certification scheme for personnel. That standard defines that there must be independence in the decisions made related to the scheme, there must be committees that define the “rules” and the exam database (among other things), there must be a system of handling complaints, and much more. In addition, there must be a statistical process to ensure that the exam results are fair. And there must be an audit process by an independent body in order to ensure that all of these requirements are met. The Mobius Institute Board of certification operates an accredited certification scheme to ISO/IEC 17024, and it is frequently audited by a Government appointed accreditation body.
In the world of “industrial (physical asset) reliability certification”, the SMRP operates an accredited scheme for CMRP, and Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) is currently seeking approval to have the Asset Reliability Practitioner be accredited (it takes time…).
In the world of vibration analysis training, the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, the US Vibration Institute, and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) operate accredited schemes.
What is the relationship between Mobius Institute and the Mobius Institute Board of Certification?
Mobius Institute is a private training, conference, and media organization. Some of the training offered by Mobius Institute has been approved by the Mobius Institute Board of Certification. At the time of this writing, there were approximately 90 organizations around the world that have been approved to teach the Mobius Institute courses in over 15 languages.
Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) is a private organization, however it operates in the same way as a not-for-profit organization (except that, due to Australian taxation law, we do not have not-for-profit status because we service organizations outside Australia, therefore we pay tax on all revenue received.) MIBoC is governed by the MIBoC Governing Body, and all of its procedures are defined by independent Scheme Committees. All technical matters are defined by independent Technical Committees.
If I have already received equivalent training, can I just take the exam?
Yes. We will need to see some evidence that you have taken the training, but it is not necessary to retake any training.
Is the training and exam specific to Mobius Institute theory?
No. For many years there has been a body of knowledge associated with reliability and performance improvement, including best practices in maintenance, condition monitoring, asset strategy development, reliability engineering, and other related topics. While a Mobius Institute course may have a unique way of presenting the material, Mobius Institute courses simply teach well documented best practice.
Can I take a Mobius Institute course, and then take the CMRP or CMRT exam?
Yes. The topics covered in the Mobius Institute courses will prepare you for the SMRP certification exams. You will simply have to make arrangements with the organization providing that training, and SMRP, to ensure that you can take an exam after you have been trained.
If I have taken the CRL course, can I take the ARP Category I exam?
Yes. If you have evidence that you took the course, then you are welcome to take the ARP Category I exam so that you are certified by an accredited certification body.
Can the ARP Category I, II, and III exams be taken online?
Yes. It will be necessary to coordinate with the Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) as there are certain procedures that must be followed.
Will it be possible to take the ARP Category I, II, and III exams at the International Machine Vibration Analysis and Condition Monitoring IMVAC conference?
Yes. Please contact the staff of the IMVAC conference organizers (or anyone else within Mobius Institute) to coordinate this process.
What is the relationship between the Asset Reliability Practitioner Category I, II, III and the SMRP CMRP certification?
If you have knowledge and experience in the field of reliability and performance improvement, then the Category I course may aid you in the preparation for the CMRP exam. However, given that the main aim of the Category I course is to create awareness rather than detailed knowledge, you are best advised to take the longer Category II course in preparation for the exam.
It should be stated that the SMRP certification scheme has been developed with the highest standards, and the CMRP scheme is accredited to ISO/IEC 17024. The Mobius Institute Board of Certification [MIBoC] processes mirror the SMRP processes, and MIBoC is also accredited to the same standard.
Can I have the training course I have developed recognized by Mobius Institute Board of Certification [MIBoC] and then organize for people to take the ARP exam afterwards?
Yes. Your training material will need to be approved by the independent technical committee established by MIBoC. and the TC members to review your course are chosen to ensure there is no conflict of interest.
Can I be approved to teach the Mobius Institute courses and then offer the Mobius Institute Board of Certification exam?
Yes. We have a simple but proven method to become an Approved Training Center. We have been working with companies in 60 countries around the world to teach other Mobius Institute courses, and we would certainly like the opportunity to work with you as well. As you can imagine, we need to ensure that you are qualified in the subject areas, that you have experience teaching courses, and you have a business capable of supporting these activities. And once you are approved, you will take additional training to ensure you are confident and competent teaching the Mobius Institute courses.
Can the ARP Category I, II, or III courses be taken online?
Yes and no. It is possible to take the Category I course online, however, at this time, we do not yet have the Category II or III online courses available. The Category II course will be available before the end of 2018. The Category III course will be available early 2019.
Why have three levels of certification?
There are three levels because different people have different roles in this very important field of reliability and performance improvement.
Starting from the top, the person who leads the program, the Reliability Program Leader, needs a certain skill set, and therefore certain knowledge to be successful in that role. The dedicated Reliability Engineer, or a person with responsibilities related to reliability engineering, also needs a certain skill set and thus knowledge. While there is subject-matter overlap between those two roles, they are very clear differences in focus and in the level of depth needed in each key area.
In addition, it is simply not possible to have a truly successful reliability and performance improvement initiative unless all of the people who influence reliability and performance are “on the same page”. If people do not understand the process, or believe in the process, then any success gained will be short-lived. There is a tremendous opportunity to not only develop the culture of reliability, but to utilize the knowledge and experience of the people who operate equipment, maintain the equipment, and have other roles in engineering, maintenance, and operations/production. Having said all that, the level of depth of knowledge required does not match that required for the dedicated Reliability Engineer, thus the Reliability Advocate course is a shorter course and a much easier exam.
Why do we often use the phrase “reliability and performance improvement” rather than simply “reliability improvement” or “maintenance and reliability improvement”?
The reason that we seek to improve reliability is to improve the performance of the organization. Ultimately most organizations wish to improve financial performance; whether that’s increased profits, or reduced expenses in the case of a government organization, for example. Organizations must also seek to improve their safety and environmental performance. In order to achieve the company’s goals the organization must perform better in many departments of the company, including maintenance, operations/production, procurement, materials and work management, and engineering.
While we seek to improve reliability, we are not improving reliability for reliability’s sake; we are making improvements that add value to the organization, ultimately by improving performance.
And while we seek to improve how we maintain our assets, we need to go beyond the maintenance department in order to achieve the greatest benefits for the organization.
So the focus of this scheme is based on the goal of improving all aspects of reliability in order to help the business achieve its goals.
Can you teach the Category I course at our site?
Yes. We think the Category I “PLANT-WIDE AWARENESS” would be perfect for an on-site course. We can either “simply” teach the course or we can work with you to expand the course so that you can relate the topics of the course, and the issues raised during the course, to the reality in your plant. In that case we could team up with someone within your organization who can ask the ideal questions at the ideal time.