Trine University Adds Remote Learning Capabilities to its Certified Fieldbus Training

Trine University in Indianapolis, Indiana was one of our first FOUNDATION Certified Training Program  (FCTP) partners, and we are pleased to announce that they are the first FCTP partner to add remote learning capabilities to the FOUNDATION Certified Professional course using a hybrid delivery method — classroom and hands-on lab training combined with online lectures and tests.

The FOUNDATION Certified Professional Certificate is geared toward engineers, designers, main instrumentation controls contractors, and startup and commissioning specialists wanting to increase their knowledge base of design, planning and implementation of FOUNDATION systems. Until recently, this vendor-neutral, comprehensive full-week course at Trine University was a hands-on class that covered all areas of Fieldbus instrumentation: design, installation, configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting.

Here’s what Trine had to say about the need to add remote learning capabilities to their course offerings:

“In order to meet anticipated growth, make training more accessible and reduce costs for trainees, Trine is continuing to implement significant changes. By decreasing the time students spend on campus from five to four days, the latest change allows double the time for hands-on learning, which affords students a greater experience. They will learn more in the way of installation methods, diagnostic tools and troubleshooting methods. In addition, trainees can remain in the workplace while accessing lectures and tests online. Students have access to “chat rooms” to discuss points or ask questions. This hybrid delivery method is more accommodating to potential foreign and domestic students.”

“The FOUNDATION Certified Support Specialist and Technical Specialist courses will also be available in the hybrid format in October 2012. A fourth FOUNDATION certified course (Installation) will be available in 2014.”

““A critical component to the success of fieldbus training at Trine University is our instructor Dave Lancaster. Through his excellence in teaching, curriculum development, and 44 years of experience in the engineering and contractor business, Dave is an invaluable asset,” said Mersiha Alic, program director. “In addition, he secured over $250,000 of donations in lab equipment from a variety of vendors, expanding the size of the new lab at Trine’s Regional Campus in Indianapolis, allowing high-quality, vendor neutral training.””

Many end users are opting for remote learning options so they can spend more time on their plant site and reduce travel costs. The ongoing labor crunch, combined with advancements in Internet-based remote training technologies, are now making it not only possible but necessary for training institutions to add a remote component to their course offerings. We look forward to more of our FCTP partners adding remote training options to their course offerings in the future.

Trine offers new, flexible FOUNDATION™ certified courses

About FieldComm Group

The FieldComm Group is a global standards-based organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies and serves as the source for FDI technology. The FieldComm Group’s mission is to develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. For more information, visit their web site at

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