Experience is more difficult to gain than knowledge, since it involves having done it, lived, felt or suffered several times. The best thing is, of course, a combination of both: knowledge and experience are needed. Knowledge will tell us what to do and experience how to do it.
Would you get on a plane knowing that the pilot has no experience? What if you were told that in the theoretical evaluation you got 100 out of 100 would you change your answer? When it comes to industrial safety, something very similar happens. Tolerance for mistakes is minimal or none, bad decisions endanger people’s lives and the environment just to mention a few.
KnowledgeTraining and Certification
Knowledge is the familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts (descriptive knowledge), skills (procedural knowledge), or objects (knowledge by familiarity). It is the one we typically learn through training and certification courses.
ExperienceCertification of Experience
Experience is nothing more than having faced a lot of challenges over and over again, so you know exactly what to do in each situation. Experience allows you to solve your customer a problem or overcome a challenge in less time, but above all, it saves you from future problems.
The problem of lack of experienceIn the industrial field the lack of experience has high hidden costs
When we develop security disciplines that aim to mitigate or reduce risk to acceptable limits, learning from mistakes is usually highly costly for some parties. The problem is that the lack of experience leads to the incorrect execution of activities that will most likely be hidden for years, or perhaps decades, even after the incidents have occurred, since there is no awareness that it is being done wrong.
One of the problems that are most often seen is in the interpretation of the rules. The rules do not with books or novels that are read straight. Usually the requirements of the beginning are connected and linked to the requirements of the end and the multiple sections with each other. The best way to understand and understand the standards is through formal training courses with official instructors. Even so, it requires a significant effort from the professional.
Another problem that is also observed very frequently is the lack of experience in how to comply with the rules. For example: understanding the rules of football, being a good observer and commentator, does not make you a good player. This also requires training. The transfer of this knowledge from the most expert to the newest is of fundamental importance, or more. The inexperienced are easily tempted and pushed by others (resistance to organizational change) to make a multiplicity of mistakes, often serious.
Ask yourself again: Would you get on a plane knowing that the pilot has the same level of training and experience as your safety consultant, or who is giving you a training course by transferring knowledge? An industrial plant is like an airplane. The safety of people, the environment and many others depend on it. The security decisions that are made now will determine the results that will only be seen or appreciated over time, and by then it will be too late.
Knowledge and Experience ProgramA training and certification program of knowledge and experience
For this reason we have created a professional certification program combining knowledge and experience, where professionals can acquire both. A professional with less practical experience, she learns from another professional with a lot of practical experience. Experience can be taught and transmitted in practice without the need for mistakes to be made.