Since our inception in 2000, Gas Certification Institute (GCI) has proactively stayed ahead of the curve providing training to oil and gas professionals on the fundamentals of measurement.
We have adapted to changes in measurement technology, measurement standards, and other changes to the industry. But, the goal has always remained the same to continue equipping measurement professionals to return to the field with confidence in their ability to achieve accurate measurement consistently and repeatedly.
Now, as we collectively evaluate the “new normal” introduced by this year’s global health crisis, we believe it’s important for GCI to communicate how we plan to respond to changes ushered in by this new environment.
Our Primary Response to Providing Measurement Training
As we look ahead to the end of spring and the upcoming summer and fall seasons, we are reviewing multiple options for how to provide training on the fundamentals of measurement.
1. We are reviewing guidance from federal, state, and local officials on when and how to re-open classroom environments, where we provide measurement training at our facility in Houston, Texas.
We are carefully considering all measures that need to be taken to safely provide in-person class instruction to protect the health of students, instructors, and GCI staff.
At this time, we do not have a firm grasp of when the appropriate time will be to reconvene classroom training. However, we will continue to provide updates on our website and through our monthly email newsletter.
2. We are considering introducing online class instruction and training.
We want to be clear that online class instruction would not be what is traditionally known as computer-based training (CBT). We do not believe that CBT, on its own, is the ideal method to provide the level of instruction required for measurement personnel to return to the field with confidence to perform measurement tasks.
If we introduce classroom instruction, we will be committed to delivering the same level of instruction, education, and discussion that measurement professionals have received from our in-person classes over the past 20 years.
The delivery of this instruction would simply be different through a digital forum, where instructors and students assemble in real-time, interact face-to-face, cover the same material as an in-person training class, and have the same opportunity for interactive discussions to facilitate further learning and understanding.
Seeking Customers to Test Online Instruction
During this period of responding to the health crisis, we are planning to test the effectiveness of online instruction. We are seeking customers that would like to test a hypothetical online instruction forum. Your company may be interested if you:
- Recently hired new measurement personnel;
- Added personnel from another group;
- Are planning to utilize contractors to support the measurement function;
- Desire to train personnel on the industry standards for measurement after implementing measurement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
We would like to invite your company to participate in an online training experience so that we can evaluate the process, gather feedback on specific features of online training, and fine-tune the delivery.
If your company is interested in being part of our testing phase for online training and instruction, contact us today to express interest. Reach us through our website, call 281-598-7200, or email email@example.com.
Take Our Survey to Provide Feedback on Challenges
We also recognize that many companies have experienced unique challenges during this period. We would like to know more about the challenges that have arisen for your company so that we can continue to proactively meet the need for measurement training.
Your response will help us better understand how we can work with your company to bridge gaps in the measurement function.
We look forward to continue supporting your company with proactive measurement support during this period of interruption. We are here to help.