The successful training providers were required to show not only that they have qualified and experienced trainers but also, critically, that their training courses are aligned to PAS55, the British Standards Institution’s specification for optimized management of physical assets; and the Institute’s own Competences Framework, a unified suite of workplace competence standards.
As David McKeown, Chief Executive of the Institute of Asset Management, explains, “we were anxious to ensure that the training provision is linked with these two sets of specifications which provide clear guidance on good practice in asset management. The successful training providers were able to do just that.” The successful IAM-endorsed trainers are:
AIM-UWA Business School Alliance (Australia)
ESS Ltd (UK)
Gutteridge, Haskins & Davey Ltd (GHD) UK
I.E.S. Asset Management BV (Holland)
GP Allied (USA)
MCP Consulting and Training (UK)
The Woodhouse Partnership Ltd (UK)
EA Technology (UK)
David McKeown commented that announcement of the first group of endorsed trainers “represents achievement of a significant milestone for the Institute, as part of its ambitious plans to provide a range of services and products to help meet the need for qualified, competent staff at all levels in all areas of physical asset management”. However, the IAM is anxious to emphasise that appointment of this first group of successful training providers represents the start of a programme to encourage others to seek endorsed status. “We hope that this group will be the first of many training organisations that will be able to show that they can meet our criteria”, says David McKeown. “We want to establish a substantial international network of endorsed trainers, with provision developed to meet the demands of what is increasingly a truly global business”.
The Institute of Asset Management is the professional body for those involved in acquisition, operation and care of physical assets, particularly critical infrastructure - and particularly for professionals worldwide dedicated to furthering our knowledge and understanding of Asset Management. The IAM’s activities focus on delivering its key objectives, namely:
Advancing the science and practice of Asset Management
Promoting and recognising high standards of practice and professional competence
Generating widespread awareness and understanding of the asset management discipline
The IAM undertakes specialised projects to generate material that will help IAM members and others to improve their management of assets - and gain the benefits that follow. These projects are led by IAM teams that often incorporate external partners.
The Competences Framework is the cornerstone of the Institute’s education and professional development programme. This framework describes the skill sets of individuals within an organisation demonstrating good asset management practices, particularly when compliant with PAS55.
BSI PAS 55:2008 is the British Standards Institution’s (BSI) Publicly Available Specification for the optimized management of physical assets - it provides clear definitions and a 28-point requirements specification for establishing and verifying a joined-up, optimized and whole-life management system for all types of physical assets. Now internationally recognized, PAS55 is proving to be an essential, objective definition of what is required to demonstrate competence, establish improvement priorities and make better, clearer connections between strategic organizational plans and the actual day-to-day work and asset realities.