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252 AEDF Technicians Certified Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic Since Early March

SCHAUMBURG, IL — While much of the nation has been put on pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AED Foundation (AEDF) has been innovating new online testing opportunities to ensure technicians are still able to get certified. The AED Foundation’s Certified Technician Program holds technicians to an industry-recognized standard that helps them gain the skillset and qualifications to succeed in their careers. Since the beginning of March, 252 technicians have become certified.

To make this number possible, the AED Foundation has implemented online proctoring, ensuring that students and technicians do not have to put their education plans on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this testing solution and the flexibility of dealers and schools, online testing can ensure integrity that meets the foundation’s standards. Online testing has not only offered a solution but allows ease for students and instructors, as remote testing with proctoring is available 24/7.  

While many schools and dealerships, including Anderson Equipment Company, implemented online testing, some found other solutions to test students through the pandemic safely. Many of the CAT ThinkBIG programs, which represent approximately 1/3 of AEDF accredited college programs, divided students into small groups to comply with social distancing guidelines. These groups were sent to multiple CAT dealership buildings within the area to provide proctored tests without compromising students’ safety.

This solution demonstrates that The AED Foundation is willing to do what it takes to help students and technicians succeed. The foundation’s Vision 2024 goal focuses on certifying more technicians to combat the industry workforce shortage.

“The efforts of The AED Foundation’s accredited colleges and dealers to implement new testing solutions during this time displays a commitment to education and workforce development within the industry that will build a bright future of skilled technicians,” said Jason Blake, COO and Executive Vice President of the Foundation.

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The AED Foundation will continue to look for ways to improve students' and technicians' experiences and accommodate them through whatever difficulties may arise.

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