Facial recognition used for online assessments as remote learning gains traction
As economies around the world lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has modified its eLearning operator theory module to include facial recognition technology currently deployed as a security measure on its MEWPs for Managers eLearning course.
By utilizing the camera on the candidate's device or computer, this ensures only the trainee under assessment is able to undergo the eLearning.
This extra security is intended to give all IPAF-approved Training Centres additional flexibility and confidence to offer distance learning as an alternative to sessions in the classroom, where maintaining distance between trainees and the instructor might be more difficult.
IPAF-approved Training Centres are being given the option of moving the theory element of their MEWP operator courses to online-only eLearning, increasing the number of practical assessments they are able to carry out in a day and reducing the need for candidates to congregate in classrooms - a sensible precaution to reduce the risk from coronavirus.
Candidates can complete the theory element of their training online, which provides an alternative to face-to-face instruction and allows Training Centres to focus more on the practical element and assessment if they so wish. These can usually be conducted in well-ventilated depots and outdoor compounds, to allow physical distancing and help comply with risk management measures. IPAF's Training Matrix has also been amended to allow Training Centres to conduct 12 practical assessments per day, up from a maximum of eight previously for candidates who have successfully completed the eLearning theory module.