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The term training refers to the
acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competencies as a result of the
teaching of vocational or practical skills and knowledge that relate to
specific useful competencies. It forms the core of apprenticeships and
provides the backbone of content at technical colleges and polytechnics.
In addition to the basic training required for a trade, occupation or
profession, observers of the labor-market recognize today the need to
continue training beyond initial qualifications: to maintain, upgrade
and update skills throughout working life.
The STA is committed to encourage the personal and
professional development of practicing source testers and students and
provide training courses on various aspects of emission monitoring.
The training arm has grown over the years following
requests from its members to provide independent and impartial training courses. The first course, working at
heights, started in 1997 after the unfortunate fatality of a stack
tester. This course, which is based on the STA Risk Assessment Guide:
Industrial-emission monitoring, has been updated at regular intervals to
take into account the new health and safety legislation. Upwards of 2000
delegates have been on the course since its inception.