The aviation industry is on the verge of a major mechanic shortage, needing hundreds of thousands of technicians.
While aviation schools are preparing students for the job, each technician entering the field must complete the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Certification before being hired.
Fulcrum Labs is answering the call to increase pass rates with its recently launched FAA A&P Certification Prep Course, which combines personalized, adaptive learning and predictive analytics to help aviation maintenance technicians prepare for the test.
The launch of Fulcrum’s training course could not come at a better time, company officials note.
Boeing forecasts that between now and 2035, the aviation industry will need to supply more than 2 million new aviation personnel, including 679,000 maintenance technicians.
“Creating a test prep experience that not only fits into learners’ demanding schedules, but also engages them on an individual basis and produces better outcomes is a win-win,” said Patrick Weir, CEO of Fulcrum Labs. “Our methodologies eliminate the time intensive, one-size-fits-all test prep environment. Our analytics measure the exact depth and degree to which each concept has been mastered, helping learners pinpoint where they are achieving objectives, where they are struggling, and where they need to dedicate study time and resources. It’s a model aimed at giving learners a jumpstart on their career and helping the aviation industry meet its extraordinary demand.”
The Personalized Adaptive Learning and Predictive Analytics (PALPA) platform gives learners the opportunity to tailor their test-prep experience, which increases engagement and motivation, according to company officials.
Fulcrum’s competency-based learning approach allows learners to unlock lessons at a pace and level that is right for them. Fulcrum’s go-at-your-own-pace approach has been shown to reduce test prep times by 20%-50%, according to company officials.
Curriculum for Fulcrum’s FAA A&P Certification Prep Course was developed by instructional designers and experts from the Aviation Institute of Maintenance.
The course covers everything a technician needs to know to pass the General, Airframe and Powerplant written tests. Learners can master material in five-to seven-minute lessons.
The course features 97 animated videos that explain complex theories, as well as real world test problems. Learners also have access to more than 1,000 practice activities to help them get acquainted and comfortable with the test environment.