Frequently asked questions What types of courses does the Centre offer? The Centre offers courses preparing for the acquisition of authorisations to operate equipment under technical supervision, such as overhead travelling cranes, cranes, mobile platforms, hoists and others, as well as vocational courses in the field of energy and electricity, and courses in occupational health and safety, first aid and others. Detailed descriptions and course curricula can be found on the individual training pages. What entitlements do you receive after the courses? The courses prepare for examinations organised by such bodies as the Office of Technical Inspection, Transport Technical Inspection, Association of Polish Electrical Engineers, Association of Polish Mechanical Engineers and Technicians. The scope of authorisations for a given type of equipment can be found on the pages describing individual courses from the Centre's offer.The entitlement allows you to work in your profession in Poland. In the case of work abroad, the honouring of entitlements depends on the regulations of the country in question - where the profession is not regulated, the completion of training and possession of Polish entitlements may be sufficient. What is the course of action? The classes are divided into two parts: theoretical and practical. The theoretical part takes place either on-site or as webinars available on the training platform. During the classes, the trainer provides information on the construction of equipment, safe operation, technical supervision regulations and others - depending on the subject of the training. The practical part takes place using machines and equipment from the Centre's base. Participants have the opportunity to practice preparing for work with the equipment, its operation and emergency procedures. The course programme takes into account issues required for external examinations. Who is the training intended for? The centre organises classes in groups for beginners and at different levels. Assignment to a particular group is based on an interview with the participant during registration.Trainees should also meet the basic requirements, i.e. be at least 18 years of age, have at least an elementary school education and be in good health to work in the profession (confirmation in the form of a self-signed declaration or a doctor's certificate of no contraindication is required).In the case of training designed for future conservators, we additionally require basic knowledge and skills in several areas. This is related to the scope of the training. Conservator candidates should:Be able to read electrical, hydraulic and kinematic diagramsHave knowledge of mechanics - materials science, e.g. on fit tolerances, types of detachable and non-detachable jointsThe centre can train those willing to do so in other training courses, e.g. in electrical engineering (Group One training in the operation and supervision of power equipment). How do you organise training for your company? Employers interested in training a group of their employees can contact us telephone or email to arrange details. When we first speak to you, please provide us with information about the participants - this way we can establish their level of proficiency and offer the employer a programme of activities. As a rule, we will send you a quotation with an application form and training programme the same day.We provide a flexible approach when organising closed courses for companies. We adapt the dates and location of the classes to the needs of the participants. We can also reduce the number of hours when employees already have some experience and do not need much time to master a topic. Is it possible to organise closed-door training at the company's premises? The centre has provisions in its statutes that allow it to organise training outside its premises, and it also has adequate resources of teaching staff. At the client's request, training can be organised at the client's premises. In this case, the client is required to provide adequate safety conditions as well as teaching and technical facilities. The equipment provided by the client should be in working order and have a valid technical inspection and maintenance check. What are the dates of the classes? The dates of the classes are published on an ongoing basis on the Centre's website. Most classes start at one or two-week intervals, generally no less than once a month. How much does training cost? Participants - individual or business clients - are informed of the cost of participation in the training at the registration stage. Due to the specific nature of the organisation of training courses, it is not possible to give standard prices. They vary depending on the interest in a particular training topic and also on whether the customer signs up well in advance or at the end of the enrolment period.We can offer more attractive rates to business clients enrolling employees for training, especially if they decide to work with us for a longer period. What does the participant receive in the price of the training? The following elements are included in the price of the training:Theoretical classes - classroom or webinarsPractical classes with access to different types of equipmentHealth and safety equipment and other equipment needed during practical activitiesFee for external examination (does not apply to training courses for which no examination is planned)Simplified training completion supplementAccess to a learning platform where participants can use training materials, videos, tests to prepare for examsDuring breaks during classes: coffee, tea and cakesUnder separate arrangements: assistance with accommodation and meal arrangements How do I register for classes? Registration for classes takes place by phone or email. When registering, the client is asked to provide their contact details and information about their experience and education. On this basis, we suggest available class dates in groups of the appropriate level and provide a price.Payment for individual customers is possible via Przelewy24 and BLIK. Business customers can pay for employee training on the basis of a proforma, and deferred payment is also possible (based on appropriate arrangements). Can other people also be enrolled in the training? Yes, the technical possibilities of the registration system make it possible to enrol other people as well. When signing up for a training course, you can sign up colleagues at the same time, for example. Where do the classes take place? Theoretical and practical classes are organised in Warsaw, at the Centre's headquarters, as well as in branches in most large cities. At the client's request, if there is a group of interested parties, the Centre's instructors can also travel to other places in Poland.In order to facilitate learning and reduce the time and costs associated with travel and organisation, we also offer e-learning classes to our clients. Such classes are conducted as live webinars and cover theoretical topics. What are the hardware requirements for taking a remote course? No additional software needs to be installed to take part in the webinars that replace the theoretical part of the training. Participants in the online courses receive a link and encoded login details to the training platform by email and SMS. The platform is launched in a web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox).Webinars can be attended using a computer/laptop (no more than 6-7 years old, equipped with Windows or Macintosh), tablet or smartphone. On what days of the week and at what times are activities organised? Courses are held at times convenient for both working and non-working people. The schedule includes weekday (Monday-Friday), afternoon and weekend classes. How long does it take and what is the practical part of the training? Practical classes shall take place with the equipment to which the training relates. The centre provides its own equipment for this. During the classes, the instructor teaches the trainees the topics required for the examinations: choosing the right equipment for the job, preparing it for operation, operation or maintenance, dealing with accidents or breakdown. He or she evaluates the trainee's progress on an appropriate sheet, in a similar way to an external examination. What types of equipment are used during practical classes? The centre has equipment in its training halls in Warsaw-Ursus, Katowice and Krakow. This equipment is representative of the type discussed in the training courses, for example - in the case of platforms - type A and B, boom and scissor lifts, slow-moving and self-propelled. Front trucks (brands Linde, Toyota, Jungheinrich, JCB), with variable reach, lifting the operator, are also used for training purposes. In crane courses, classes are conducted on gantry cranes. Are the topics covered in technical courses difficult? Do the students have a lot of knowledge to assimilate? The topics discussed during the courses organised at the Centre are assessed by the trainees as quite difficult. This is due to the need to prepare course participants for external examinations. The knowledge imparted in the classes corresponds to the examination requirements of the institutions verifying qualifications, and the training programmes are agreed with their representatives. To ensure the highest quality of training, we adapt the topics covered to current regulations and standards, taking into account any changes. Does the training end with an examination? For the majority of training courses, an external examination (conducted by the UDT or other organisations) is organised at the end. Registration for the examinations and organisational issues are handled by the Centre on behalf of the clients.In some groups, an examination is not planned - in such cases, a note to this effect is included in the training descriptions. Are mock examinations part of the course? Yes, participants are assessed on their knowledge and skills several times: before the course starts, during the course and at the end. This applies to both the theoretical and practical parts of the course.In addition, participants have access to a learning platform that includes, among other things, sample tests that can be taken as part of self-study for the exam. What is the organisation of the exam at the end of the course? The exam is carried out by authorised inspectors of the organisation concerned (UDT, SEP, SIMP, TDT or others). Usually, the result of the exam consists of the result of the test and the result of the practical part.The centre mediates examinations for its clients. It matches training dates to exam dates in order to reduce waiting times as far as possible. It takes care of enrolment and also sends reminders to participants before the exam date.Once the examination has been passed, the licence is issued by the relevant body. In most cases, the waiting time is up to seven working days, but in exceptional cases (e.g. heavy workloads) it can be up to 30 working days. How long are the qualifications obtained after the course and examination valid? Entitlements, depending on the type of device, are valid for five or 10 years.Prior to their expiry, the Centre will - as far as possible - inform course participants by email or telephone of the need for renewal at the relevant institution. Can allowances be withdrawn or withheld? The authorising bodies allow this possibility in situations where there is a breach of regulations or a violation of work safety rules. Is it possible to work abroad with Polish qualifications? Whether Polish qualifications are honoured by employers depends on the regulations in the country concerned. Some of them have a similar system of regulation of the profession to the Polish one and the qualifications issued in Poland may, but do not have to, be honoured there. The Mutual Recognition Directive was introduced in the European Union, so it is possible to work in member states with Polish qualifications. We also know from experience that in Switzerland or Norway it is possible to exchange Polish certificates for those valid in those countries. However, there are cases that our qualification certificates are not honoured even after translation. This is due to their low recognition worldwide. For those who are considering working abroad, we recommend purchasing a qualification certificate issued by CERT (a unit of UDT). It is also possible to purchase a course certificate from the Centre, which is recognised in many countries and has a programme that complies with international standards.