07 Mar WJA-approved training providers no longer have to be based in the UK
The Water Jetting Association has announced that its approved training providers no longer have to based in the United Kingdom, but instead as long as a provider has passed the necessary accreditations they can be based anywhere in the world.
The recently announced news means opens up opportunities for training providers to come forward from other countries.
According to WJA President John Jones: “If training providers and instructors meet our criteria and pass all our assessments, they can be approved by the WJA. That means WJA training can be delivered, for the first time, by both training providers and instructors based in any country around the world.”
Demand for WJA water jetting has grown in many countries, especially so in the Middle East, which has a significant oil and gas industry and has in recent years been facing a rising number of wildfires and industrial fires taking place within the United Arab Emirates and neighbouring regions.
No matter an individual’s location, they can learn how to effectively use water jetting equipment, manage assets, and handle water jetting safety equipment.
The change in regulation comes as a response to overwhelming demand for the WSJ training courses.
Whilst noting the positive step forward for the company, Jones pointed out how the increased availability will not take away from the high standards that must be achieved to earn any WSJ accreditation.
“Training instructors must have a minimum of three years’ experience in water jetting, related to the practical modules they plan to deliver,” he said.
- This can include the need for a PTTLS or Level 3 award qualification in education or training (or equivalent).
- A health and safety equivalent to at least IOSH Managing Safely.
- And finally, to be approved, an individual must have earnt a current WJA safety awareness certificate.
Following this, the formal assessment is handled by the WJA’s ruling council, the strict standards will ensure that when an individual, in the UK or otherwise now, does pass, they will be able to utilise water jetting technology and procedure to an exceptional standard.