International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

Pneumatic Specialist (PS)


Credential: Pneumatic Specialist (PS)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), Pneumatic Specialist (PS) is for professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry who analyze and design systems, select components, and instruct others in operations and maintenance. To earn the PS certification, candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Pneumatic Specialist (PS)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

1930 East Marlton Pike, Suite A2
Cherry Hill, NJ  08003

Phone: (800) 308-6005

Fax: (856) 424-9248
Email: Askus@ifps.org

Written Exam

  • Understand The Functions Of Pneumatic Components In Circuits
    • Recognize pneumatic symbols
    • Understand component functions in a pneumatic circuit
    • Understand basic types and applications of actuators
    • Understand the application of valves
    • Understand speed control valves
    • Understand the characteristics of pressure regulators
    • Identify the characteristics of air filter elements
    • Understand the types and applications of compressors
    • Understand supply side air preparation
    • Predicts the operation of a pneumatic system
    • Understand the dynamics of safely stopping and/or holding a load
    • Understand controlling noise and pollution
    • Understand the application of connectors and conductors
    • Understand the operation of a pneumatic system by tracing a malfunction to a faulty component
  • Analyze Loads and Motion
    • Select the proper formulae to calculate force, torque and speed
    • Apply the principle of levers to cylinders
    • Size a cylinder to move loads with a friction factor (Coefficient of Friction)
    • Size a cylinder to support jib boom loads
    • Size a cylinder with the appropriate load/force ratio
    • Size a cylinder for a load attached through a system of pulleys
  • Select Components For Pneumatic Systems
    • Size an air compressor based on demand considerations
    • Calculate the cost of compressed air
    • Determine the location of various components in a circuit to achieve cylinder sequence functions
    • Determine the locations for various components in a circuit to achieve a deceleration function
    • Determine conductor sizes given pressure, flow demand, and line length
    • Determine the appropriate solution to control air cylinder speed
    • Size air receivers
    • Understand safety considerations in the design of a pneumatic circuit
    • Select the appropriate vacuum generators
    • Size and select vacuum pads
    • Size an air motor
    • Understand moisture control
    • Understand the application of cylinders
    • Calculate the average air flow for a cylinder
    • Calculate peak flow
    • Calculate the oil flow rate and pressure from a pneumatic intensifier
    • Size a rotary actuator
    • Calculate the kinetic energy required to stop a load with a shock absorber
    • Understanding critical flow velocity and sonic conductance
    • Calculate the Cv for an air valve from pressure, flow and temperature conditions
  • Electropneumatic Control
    • Understand Ohm’s Law
    • Understand and apply sensors and switches
    • Familiarization with ladder logic diagrams
    • Analyze air logic control circuits for an output signal
    • Familiarization with digital communication technology
    • Understand the principles of CAN-Bus
    • Demonstrate an awareness of communication protocols utilized for electropneumatic automation systems

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Pneumatic Specialist (PS) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Pneumatic Specialist (PS) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Pneumatic Specialist (PS)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Pneumatic Specialist (PS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The PS certification is renewed every five years by completing 35 professional development points (PDPs) and paying a recertification fee. Additional information can be found on the IFPS website.

Additional considerations for the Pneumatic Specialist (PS) include:

  • Professionals who hold the IFPS Hydraulic Specialist (HS) and Pneumatic Specialist (PS) certifications earn the Fluid Power Specialist (S) designation. Navy COOL can provide funding for maintaining the Fluid Power Specialist (S) designation for eligible Sailors.

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

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12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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