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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.
On March 31st, 2020, A2LA WorkPlace Training (A2LA WPT) hosted their first remote Virtual Classroom training course. Virtual Classroom is a new training delivery method recently launched by A2LA WPT that provides live, instructor-led training and a fully interactive classroom experience to learners anywhere in the world. With travel restrictions and social distancing protocols now in place due to COVID-19, Virtual Classroom allows A2LA WPT to offer the same high-quality training services without the need for travel. The first course hosted through Virtual Classroom was A2LA WPT’s most popular class: Understanding ISO/IEC 17025:2017 for Testing & Calibration Laboratories. Several more in-demand courses are now also available to individuals and organizations through this new delivery method.
Ms. Wright currently teaches nearly a dozen different A2LA WPT courses, including many of our most popular courses on ISO/IEC 17025, our newest biobanking course, several auditing courses, and a course on effective training strategies designed to help other instructors develop their skills.
E-learning is an excellent option for many individuals and organizations, but for others, classroom training with an instructor remains the preferred method, so how do you decide which is appropriate for your personal needs, or the needs of your staff?
"Wade Consulting and Solutions" and its founder, Michelle Wade, have become a part of the A2LA WorkPlace Training team.
A2LA WorkPlace Training (A2LA WPT) announced its establishment as a new company, separating itself from American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).