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Training for New Industries—A Look at New Accreditation

October 29, 2019

A few hundred years ago, the Scientific Revolution sent shockwaves around the world, forming a deep-rooted love affair with all things scientific. Millions of scientists exist today, expanding humanity’s knowledge, and creating exciting new industries that can offer rewarding careers for those interested.

With new industries comes new accreditation—the framework required to train competent professionals who can create safe and marketable products. There can be no uncertainty when delivering potentially dangerous new products or services to our fragile, soft-skinned race. Accreditation is necessary for the industry to thrive. Training for new industries might be an untapped demand for your RTO, as you aim to skill students for their future workplace, not their current one.

Here are some emerging technologies of 2019—revolutionary, trending industries that have recognised the need for official accreditation, or are already in the process of registering.

Solar energy

As we’re inundated with news of raging wildfires, scorching temperatures, and torrential floods, climate change is becoming more of a reality for us. More people feel compelled to make a difference, spiking demand for solar energy and solar panel installers.

The solar industry isn’t new, but there’s a new way to store excess electricity generated from solar: batteries. With batteries now a common option for energy storage (as opposed to sending it back to the national grid), a wider range of skills are required to design and install solar energy systems—new accreditation for a new technology.

It doesn’t stop there. The renewable energy industry offers a range of new technologies such as peer-to-peer power sharing, micro-hydro power systems, and more. These all require separate forms of training and accreditation.

Vertical farming & hydroponics

Care for the environment is also influencing how we eat. We want local, organically grown fresh food, which can be sourced with state-of-the-art farming methods such as vertical farming.

Vertical farming is the same as regular farming, but upwards. It allows cultivation of soil-grown food on significant scales, without consuming precious land space. Traditional farming has been around for almost as long as Queen Elizabeth, but there’s a few new alternatives to soil that makes vertical farming more complex: hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics. They all use nutrient-rich water instead of soil to grow food, with hydroponics using bodies of water, aeroponics using water in mist form, and aquaponics using water mixed with the waste of aquatic animals. These types of farming have been hailed as the future of the industry.

To maintain the sought-after label of “organic,” these types of farming require strict standards—new techniques and technologies that are safe, clean, and cost-effective. This opens up a new world of training and accreditation for anyone wanting to get involved.

Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles have spawned a new revolution in the automotive industry, and its pace has created a demand for trained professionals, with progress stunted until fulfilled. Pressure to expand their skills may start to be placed on traditional car mechanics, with hybrid and electric vehicle training becoming a probable requirement. They’ll need to expand their knowledge into areas such as electrical components, charging stations, battery diagnosis, and battery repair. More training courses, with more accreditation.

Given the potential risks associated with hybrid and electric vehicles, safety is a major priority for this industry, with training to be delivered by reputable, qualified educators.

Wind energy

Wind energy is another rapidly growing industry in need of new accreditation. As manufacturers aim to cash in on the growth, certification is essential to maintain high standards. Trained engineers are required to design and develop wind energy products, and test facilities needed to ensure their quality.

As the public becomes more conscious of climate change, the demand for personal, smaller scale wind energy systems might also increase.

Medical and recreational cannabis

As countries, states and counties decriminalize and approve medicinal or recreational cannabis, organic cannabis production is increasing. Most companies entering the industry want organic to be standard, no matter how the plants are grown. This means that cannabis production has to meet the traditional organic standards that food companies follow, helping to eliminate the grey market, and reducing the use of nasty agricultural chemicals.

New accredited competencies may be required for licensing, permitting, crop management and risks, design efficiency, product packaging, and security and safety. People working within the cannabis industry also need to understand that they won’t necessarily be finishing work at 4:20.

Home security and smart homes

Home devices and systems are becoming more intelligent and connected. To create a collaborative ecosystem of devices, security technicians must understand how to make them communicate with each other. They must also be competent with fiber optics-telecommunications, software, computers, and locks. There’s also block diagrams, schematics, digital concepts, software, hand tools-soldering, data communications, cameras and intercoms.

Training for new industries such as home security could be extremely profitable, given its complexity.

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

AGVs are electric motor vehicles that are programmed to complete simple labour tasks, such as material transportation, pallet handling, or other factory-related chores.

For manufacturers wanting to increase productivity and production, AGVs are a great way to do so. Amazon might be the best example of using AGVs to replace humans. AGVs often contain in-built microprocessors, and are controlled by computers without the need for conveyors or pulleys. 

As with any machine, AGVs need to be serviced, which means unique training and accreditation.

Data warehousing

Data warehouses have been around for decades, storing and delivering information for organizations. More companies are becoming aware of the power of analytics, and its ability to inform good business decisions. Big data means big business.

As companies crave more data, the industry has grown massively, and training for trending industries such as data warehousing will become more common. Cloud computing makes things even easier, with data constantly accessible, and expected to be accessible. To keep up, courses are being expanded to cover more aspects of data warehousing such as design, development, management, population plans, maintenance, data extraction and learning to deploy online data warehouses. 

Drone piloting

Authorities have realised the importance of understanding drone safety rules, so if you're a recreational drone or model aircraft flyer, and your aircraft is under 2kg, you'll soon need accreditation to fly. For aircraft above 2kg, you’ll need accreditation and a remote pilot’s license. No more pleading ignorance if you break the law! 

As well as general rules and regulations, accreditation has appeared for drone extensions such as mapping, surveying and photography. Changes to recreational drone regulations will come into effect in March of next year, so you can expect more regulated courses to pop up soon.

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Our scientific world is bursting with exciting new technologies, which when commercialised, need accreditation to maintain a high standard of quality. Training for new industries could be extremely profitable. Which new training courses might your RTO offer?

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