The Hydraulic Institute, the largest association of pump industry manufacturers in North America, has launched a Pump Systems Assessment Professionals (PSAP) certification program. The initiative is designed to provide pump end-users and other stakeholders with a means to assess complicated systems with highly qualified, certified pump system assessors. PSAP sets the standard for the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for performing pump system assessments and utilizing pump system optimization techniques.
“The PSAP program addresses a key market need in the industrial and commercial marketplace.” states Michael Michaud, Executive Director, Hydraulic Institute. “Energy and maintenance costs combine to represent some 65 percent of the total cost of ownership of a medium sized industrial pumping system. A thorough system assessment often identifies energy efficient upgrade opportunities that usually pay for themselves in less than a year, lowering overall energy costs while increasing reliability, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. The key to unlocking the savings starts with a holistic assessment from a professional who can assess and optimize the overall system.”
Corporations gain a competitive edge by employing PSAPs and performing more pump system assessments. Participation in the program increases the value of corporate capabilities, validates employee knowledge and experience by the Pump Industry Authority and ensures that the highest level of system assessments are being performed.
By pursuing the PSAP, individuals can advance their career and become a stronger asset to their organization. Certification assures organizations and/or clients that the certified individual has the required knowledge and skills to perform a comprehensive pump system assessment. The program validates field expertise and aligns knowledge with industry best practices, and enhances career opportunities and a commitment to continuous learning.
Applicants must have a minimum of three years of pump/pumping system experience and possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college in a technical/business field. Applicants may also possess five or more years of direct industrial or commercial fluid transfer/pumping systems experience having completed a minimum of seven pump system assessments. After an application is accepted by HI, candidates sit for a three-and-a-half hour proctored exam.