Question: How can you, as maintenance professional in Belgium, demonstrate today that your knowledge and skills have reached a certain level?
Answer: This is not possible!
There is no (yet) recognized certification for maintenance professionals in our country. And BEMAS wants to do something about this by setting up an officially controlled exam 'Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP)'.
What is CMRP?
CMRP stands for Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional, and this is the most important program that certifies the knowledge, skills and experience of professionals in technical maintenance in the United States. It is an initiative of the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (the American counterpart of BEMAS). The exam does not only follow the 'dry' knowledge, but also focuses on practical experience. By striving for a high level, the CMRP title has in the meantime become a quality label.
When you pass the exam successfully, you show your knowledge, (management) skills and experience in the field of technical maintenance and reliability. Moreover, you will immediately become a member of a select club of CMRPs in our regions. In this way, your visibility increases within and outside your organization.
To participate in the exam, there are no qualifications or experience requirements.
In principle, thorough knowledge and day-to-day contact as responsible with maintenance and reliability are sufficient to be able to pass the certification exam. Since the exam is in English, some familiarity with the terminology in maintenance and reliability in English is necessary. If you want to prepare more thoroughly for the exam, we can already recommend the following books:
- Making Common Sense Common Practice - Ron Moore (English)
- Value-Driven Maintenance - Guy Delahay & Mark Haarman (Dutch)
- Chapters 5 to 10
- Reliability Centered Maintenance (English)
- Chapters 6 & 7
- Global Maintenance & Reliability Indicators (English)
- Be sure to read this blogpost with practical tips to prepare the exam.
In principle, any professional in technical maintenance who wants to certify his knowledge and experience can participate. We mainly think of (future) maintenance managers, reliability engineers, maintenance engineers and asset managers, but also consultants, trainers, and other professionals who want to validate their knowledge in the area of maintenance and reliability belong to the target group.
- The exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions in English
- Participants get 2 hours to solve the questions.
- No books or reference materials were allowed during the exam.
- Participants whose mother tongue is not English may use translation dictionaries
- The organizer provides a calculator, no self-brought calculators, computers or other electronic devices are permitted.
- The correction of the exam is done by SMRP in the US.
- BEMAS does not have any influence on this process.
- The participants are informed directly by SMRP of their results and are also sent their certificates from the US (this can take several weeks / months).
- 5.30 pm: reception
- 6.00 pm: start exam
- 8.00 pm: end of exam
- The exam takes place during the last day of Euromaintenance 4.0 (from 24-27 September 2018 in the FMCCA in Antwerp).
- BEMAS members must register via this website
- Non-members must register via the SMRP website via the following procedure:
- Registration for the CMRP examination goes through SMRP. The registration fee is also to be payed directly to SMRP. You will receive the payment instructions during the registration process. For any inquiries, please contact certifysmrpco [dot] org .
- Register for the CMRP examination in Antwerp via the SMRP website
- If you don't have an SMRP account, you first will have to create an account and then return here to register for the exam. If you are a member of SMRP or if you already have an SMRP account, you can sign with your account.