AWPT recently began exploring a new media channel with our podcast “The Conformance Cast”, hosted by our team and featuring expert guests from fields related to accreditation, calibration, instructional technique, and more. Through The Conformance Cast, we hope to allow more people to access our educational topics in short, listener-friendly segments that are available on many different devices.
A2LA WorkPlace Training (AWPT) has partnered with Qualtrax, a leading provider of custom quality management system (QMS) software, to create 17025 QMS QuickStart: a specialized software solution with preloaded content that helps small labs achieve ISO/IEC 17025 conformance.
After months of careful deliberation and design work, A2LA WorkPlace Training is pleased to unveil a new logo and branded color scheme to better reflect our unique company identity. The new design will have two official forms: one with the company name in its entirety and one that features a shortened acronym, AWPT, that we will be gradually phasing into use. The marketing department is incorporating the new branding changes to our website, forms, contracts, user portals, course materials and more, so customers will soon notice a fresh new look to many aspects of AWPT’s public presence.
Happy first anniversary to A2LA Workplace Training! Although AWPT has a very long history, June marks our one-year anniversary as an independent non-profit organization after separating from our partner company, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Our first year has been an eventful one, to say the least, and our team is excited to have such a landmark to celebrate in these tumultuous times. We have made incredible strides in twelve short months: launching several new product lines, pivoting many of our services to a digital delivery method, and developing both our skills and our relationships through hard work and collaboration.
Over the course of the last several months, AWPT has hosted 16 public courses online and a handful of remote training courses for internal staff and assessors. The subject matter included ISO/IEC 17025 compliance training for industries such as calibration, food testing, and cannabis testing, as well as auditing courses, measurement uncertainty courses, and courses on other ISO standards. Virtual Classroom courses have been well-attended and have received consistently positive feedback. Although the pivot to remote learning was necessitated by travel restrictions and limits on in-person gatherings, AWPT will continue to take advantage of remote learning tools in the future, offering both hybrid learning options and additional Virtual Classroom courses.
In March 2020, A2LA WorkPlace Training began developing a series of tiered, prebuilt consulting service packages called QMS Express. Through QMS Express, small- and medium-sized laboratories can purchase a collection of affordable tools to help build and implement an ISO/IEC 17025 conformant quality management system. Three different packages are now available, all of which include a proprietary ISO/IEC 17025 quality management system template, e-learning modules that focus on key ISO/IEC 17025 concepts, and various levels of phone and quality system review consultation with the industry’s best-trained experts. The diversity of the tools and resources included with these packages helps support a well-rounded understanding of ISO/IEC 17025 and how to put the principles of the standard into practice. Conveniently, QMS Express packages are also designed to be utilized 100% remotely, contributing to cost reduction and making them an effective option even while limitations on travel and face-to-face interaction remain in place.
Calendars are rife with interesting and obscure modern holidays, from National Donut Day to Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. The cynics among us know that most of these “holidays” exist mostly to sell you something, but a few are genuine in their efforts to raise awareness of an important concept or teach the public something valuable. May 20th of each year – the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875 - marks one such obscure but helpful holiday: World Metrology Day. Most people rarely think about the concept of metrology. In fact, outside of a few specific industries few people even know exactly what metrology is, but it’s truly crucial to nearly everything we do in the modern world.
May 12, 2020, Frederick, MD – The California Water Resources Control Board has selected A2LA WorkPlace Training (A2LA WPT) as its lead training partner to prepare the state's water testing laboratories to meet newly required standards. A2LA WPT will provide California environmental laboratories with detailed training on The NELAC Institute Standard (TNI:2016), as well as how to implement a QMS.
In response to the travel and public gathering restrictions put in place due to COVID-19, A2LA WPT has made many of our most popular courses available online through our Virtual Classroom platform. All of our Virtual Classroom sessions have been well-received, but for MS 113 in particular, some unique advantages associated with the online format have become clear.
Earlier this year, A2LA WorkPlace Training launched “MS 180: Understanding ISO 20387:2018, General Requirements for Biobanking,” a first-of-its-kind professional training course designed to comprehensively cover ISO 20387:2018 for biobanking facilities. As part of the Virtual Classroom product rollout, MS 180 is now one of the many classes available as a live remote option. In addition to removing the need for travel, Virtual Classroom will make this unique and specialized A2LA WPT class accessible to more learners across the country.