Online assessments add value for oil and gas industry stakeholders

By: Bob Little PR
DUNFERMLINE, Scotland - Nov. 23, 2021 - PRLog -- Within the oil and gas drilling industry – a key part of a sector that produced revenues of some $3.3 trillion in 2019 and comprises some 3.8% of the global economy - the use of online assessment (eAssessment) is demonstrably improving the assessment process, as well as streamlining the operations of organisations and, thus, providing added value to their stakeholders.

In particular, one major eAssessment programme, introduced in December 2016 by International Well Control Forum (IWCF) - the only independent body focused on oil and gas well control planning and accreditation – has already assessed some 30,000 candidates online.

Focusing on improving competency throughout the industry while stressing the core values of quality, safety and integrity, IWCF has introduced eAssessment in conjunction with eCom Scotland, a leading provider of online training and assessment.

IWCF manages the assessment and certification, worldwide, of some 30,000 candidates annually through its global network of training centres. The majority of these centres transitioned to using online assessments in the last couple of years – increasingly prompted by the restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid19 pandemic. Currently, in the last year, some 22,500 candidates have undergone the assessment and certification process through eAssessment.

The online assessments, which include both knowledge and practical elements, are available in 17 languages.

"IWCF wanted to make the training and assessment process more accessible, responsive and user-friendly for candidates, training providers, assessors as well as IWCF staff – hence the move to eAssessment," explained eCom's Managing Director, Wendy Edie.

"The solution – known as FORUM and delivered via eCom's assessment management platform, eNetAssess - allows invigilators to monitor student progress, automatically mark online tests, record practical assessments, manage and verify certificates, as well as deal with question authoring and multiple translation versions."

Powered by eNetBadges, FORUM issues successful candidates with electronic certification (eCerts) - significantly reducing waiting times for candidates to get their qualifications. Furthermore, eCom developed a mobile app to allow candidates to prove their qualifications to employers.

"IWCF has worked with the eCom team for many years, utilising their experience on a number of digital projects," said Zdenek Sehnal, IWCF's Chief Executive Officer. "They've provided us with an online system that has been innovative and scalable to meet our current stakeholder demands.

"IWCF, our training centres and candidates have all experienced benefits from moving to an online certification model. eCerts offer an extra level of security by hosting a unique code within each badge; allow the industry to instantly validate certificates, and continue to reduce our carbon footprint by cutting our printing and shipping costs substantially."

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