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BFPA Minimum Educational Recommendations (MERs)

07 May, 2021

BFPA believes that anyone who operates and maintains fluid power components and systems should have a basic minimum understanding of either hydraulics, pneumatics or electronic control systems to ensure that they are working safely. To this end, the BFPA Education and Training Committee has developed a set of Minimum Educational Recommendations (MERs) for use in the fluid power industry, which should be regarded as the industry standard. These recommendations cover hydraulics, pneumatics and electronic control of fluid power systems.


Who should be considering MERs?

All companies or individuals who work at a practical level with hydraulics, pneumatics and electronic control systems when applied to fluid power should be thinking about how these recommendations apply to them. Does your workforce have this basic understanding of the systems they operate, do you as an individual have the qualifications to prove this?

BFPA Minimum Educational Recommendations – Hydraulics

The aim of the MER in hydraulics is to provide candidates with the understanding of where hydraulic fluid power is used in modern society and its importance in the provision of power and motion control. Examples of topics covered include:

 Fundamental principles of all hydraulic systems

 Hydraulic symbols, pumps, fluid oil reservoirs, actuators

 Pressure, flow and direction control, contamination control, hose technology

 Maintenance procedures




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