Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, on 23 May announced a partnership with the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) in South Africa to create a ground-breaking new automotive technician training program. The blended learning courses will feature both online, offline and in-person aspects, to provide the best training possible for qualified technicians working in independent repair shops (workshops).
MIWA, part of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI), has a membership of approximately 2,200 independent repair shops. The new training courses, launched in April, will be available to all qualified technicians affiliated with member workshops. The MIWA technician training program, focusing on 13 skill areas, features online pre- and post-training assessments, skill-based CD-ROM training courses, reference books, hands-on exercise manuals and an online portal for tracked scoring under exam conditions conducted at any of RMI’s six regional offices.
“We are excited to be working with MIWA to provide this great training opportunity for automotive technicians in South Africa,” said Greg Clayton, vice president, Delmar. “Globally, as vehicle complexity increases and technology evolves, the demand for continuous professional technician training has become more important than ever. Delmar will continue to stay committed to its customers, through the development of learning solutions, such as these with MIWA, that will help technicians keep-up with this ever-changing industry.”
“MIWA is totally committed to increasing the skill level of the current technician workforce in South Africa and it was therefore absolutely imperative that the right service provider be identified,” said Les Mc Master, national chairman, MIWA. “Delmar impressed us with their level of expertise and course content. Their professional approach and commitment to the program has allowed MIWA to customize the program to fit in with the South African scope of work in the specified trades. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Delmar.”
Enrolled technicians will have several options and course concentrations to select from within the program. Students can choose to complete all 13 courses, and achieve the title of MIWA Master Technician, or enroll in a smaller ‘cluster’ course concentrating on a specific subject area. A student successfully completing one of the five available clusters will graduate with a recognized title of MIWA Transmission Technician, MIWA Engine Performance Technician, MIWA Automotive Service & Diagnostic Technician, MIWA Brakes, Suspension & Driveline Technician or MIWA Auto Electrician.
The 13 core topic areas covered in the training program include:
- Basic Automotive Service and Maintenance
- Automatic Transmissions
- Manual Transmissions
- Electricity & Electronics
- Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- Engine Repair
- Engine Performance
- Suspension & Steering
- Fuels, Emissions & Exhaust
- Advanced Engine Performance
- Service Consultant
- Parts Specialist
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