After several months of revision and testing, a new CNG curriculum is now available through the NAFTC. With the increased interest in natural gas, the NAFTC recognized the need to update the existing CNG Cylinder Inspection Course.

Whereas the old curriculum included three separate publications from which participants were expected to learn, the new curriculum is one easy manual that includes everything the students need to know.

Eric Underwood, Curriculum Developer at the NAFTC said, “We put considerable thought into the development of this course, and included additional resources for the participant. The new curriculum is geared more toward the participant and it gradually introduces them to the course material, and guides them through the processes.”

The new Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel Systems Installation and Inspection course was developed utilizing the majority of the information contained in the CNG Cylinder Inspection course, along with the additional content from the NAFTC’s Light- Duty Natural Gas Vehicles course. Content areas taken from the Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles course included natural gas vehicle safety, properties of natural gas, dual systems components, and CNG fuel systems requirements.

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The beta test, conducted by Jim Pitts, with support from Eric Underwood, NAFTC Curriculum Developer, included participation from several natural gas subject matter experts. Credit: NAFTC

All NAFTC curricula undergo a rigorous development and review process before being approved for use. Initial development of this course began with extensive conversations with two primary subject matter experts, Jim Pitts, from Lansing Community College, and Nick Wagoner, from Central Community College, and continued throughout the development of the course. Both Lansing Community College and Central Community College are NAFTC National Training Centers.

Pitts said, “I’ve been involved in a great deal of curriculum development as well as conducting beta tests. Curriculum update is mandatory and the NAFTC always keeps up to date on the latest technological developments.”

Following the new curriculum development, an alpha (focus group) review was conducted by several members of the NAFTC Curriculum Committee. Focus group recommendations were incorporated into the course, and a beta test was held on April 30th and May 1st at the NAFTC headquarters. After receiving more feedback and making the final revisions, Pitts conducted the first training of the new course on May 11th.

As with most all of the NAFTC curricula, there are both a participant and a trainer version of this course. Those who would most benefit from the training include vehicle technicians, fuel systems inspectors, mechanics and anyone with a natural gas background who is interested in learning more. Those interested in learning more about this course and others, can sign up on the NAFTC web site or contact Eric Underwood or Bill Davis directly at 304-293-7882.

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