For many years, Eric Dole has performed pump system assessments for a variety of clients. Dole, the energy efficiency lead at Hazen and Sawyer, has gained extensive experience in helping operators find opportunities for improvement, correct system mistakes and select new equipment when necessary.
Dole’s efforts have not gone unnoticed by his supervisor and mentor, David Nailor. So when Nailor learned about the Hydraulic Institute’s (HI) new elite Pump System Assessment Professional (PSAP) certification, he immediately thought of Dole.
HI introduced the certification program for advanced pump experts late last year. The certification—with its four-hour proctored test—sets the standard for the assessment discipline and codifies pump system optimization techniques.
Dole was among the first to take the test. He and Nailor were both delighted when he passed—the test is lengthy and quite difficult.
“I had been watching for it,” Nailor said. “In fact, I have a client who mentioned it. It provides an objective measure of the quality of assessments and provides users with a level of confidence when they use a PSAP certified professional.”
An authentic professional certification like the PSAP offers a formal recognition by an authoritative professional organization that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specified body of knowledge, according to HI.
Exam questions and pass scores are developed using psychometrics, and are formally administered under strict rules to ensure integrity.
Since the program was introduced, seven professionals have completed and passed the exam, including Dole, Randy Riddell of Essity, Jennifer Muir of JKMuir, Michael Licastro of Armstrong Fluid Technology as well as Keith Schindler, Michael Shellenberger and Andrew Pry of Flowserve.
Riddell, a reliability manager, said the certificate provides companies that work with him confidence in his ability to handle the toughest pump problems.
“It gives me credibility. And for me personally, it is a growth area for my career and could position me down the road for other career opportunities,” Riddell said.
Licastro said that PSAP certified professionals provide owners and operators with product-neutral information. “The formal reporting structure submitted by the PSAP will allow the owner/operator to establish accurate budgets, generate the proper RFPs, and assist in the review of submitted proposals for accuracy and relevance to project goals,” Licastro said.
For professionals new to pumps, Riddell offered some insight on industry trends.
“With the growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), some may think that pump and system expertise will decrease, but there will still be a great need for pump and system professionals to solve real-world problems. There is a great need for the next generation of pump system professionals to gain experience, get trained and get certified.”
Training and experience provide the basis for successful certification. Those new to the industry can begin with some of HI’s basic-level webinars and guidebooks. On-the-job training and experience that teach pump systems layout and design, interactions and problem-solving are crucial for any pumps professional, especially those seeking PSAP certification.
Dole’s advice to test-takers is simple: “Don’t go in cold. I wouldn’t have passed without studying.” HI offers study materials—including a specific study guide—to assist with test preparation.
Professionals who think they may be ready for the exam can take a prequalifying quiz at pumps.org.
Learn more about the program, including how to sign up for upcoming training and tests, at pumps.org/PSAP.