Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be Category 1 certified in order to take the Category 2 course and exam?

 No. While the Category 1 course will provide a useful introduction which will make it far easier to understand the topics covered in Category 2, the Category 2 course does not assume prior knowledge. 

What are the experience requirements for Category 1, 2, and 3?

 (From the MIBoC guide ED161-2) The requirements are:
Category 1 - 6 months
Category 2 - 24 months
Category 3 - 48 months. 

Category 1 candidates must have general industrial experience for a sufficient period that they should have experienced the consequences of failure in the areas of production targets missed, and/or performance targets, and/or quality goals missed, and/or risk of safety or environmental incidences, and/or excessive costs associated equipment failure.

Category 2 candidates must also have experienced the impact of poor reliability as per the Category 1 requirements, but they should have been directly involved with the reliability improvement process in at least two (2) of the following areas: performed maintenance tasks, operated equipment, performed condition monitoring tasks, participated in an RCA project, performed reliability analysis, performed RCM/FMEA analysis, or been actively involved in the role of reliability engineer.

Category 3 candidates should also have experienced the impact of poor reliability as per the Category 1 requirements, but they should also have been involved in the reliability improvement process, either as a reliability engineer or a program manager/leader.

Candidates shall be required to provide details of their experience and the contact details of someone who can verify the experience.

How long is the exam?

 (From the MIBoC guide ED161-2) The requirements are:
Category 1: 60 questions, duration 2 hours, 70% passing grade.
Category 2: 100 questions, duration 3 hours, 70% passing grade.
Category 3: 100 questions, duration 3 hours, 70% passing grade. 

How are the exam questions developed?

 The Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) has established an independent Technical Committee (TC) who develop and submit questions for review and approval from other industry experts. Questions are proposed, audited, and reviewed by the TC.  The TC is made up of industry experts and experienced people from around the world who work in the field. Once a question has been used in an exam, special statistical processes, called psychometrics, are used to check if any questions are too easy, too hard, or too confusing. Those questions are then reviewed by the TC and either rewritten or rejected. 

Reliability Institute has authority as an Authorised Exam Centre to invigilate (supervise candidates during an examination), which are graded by MIBoC.

Is the Asset Reliability Practitioner certification scheme based on an ISO standard ?

There is not an ISO standard for the certification of reliability practitioners.

However, the Mobius Institute Board of Certification [MIBoC] ED-161 scheme is modelled on the ISO 18436 standards; the topics are mapped to the ISO 55000 standards; the scheme follows and is accredited to ISO/IEC 17024 - the International Standard certification program for individual persons. The core knowledge and vocabulary/terminology is based on definitions developed in a variety of ISO standards (and other international standards). The topics themselves, and all of the requirements, were developed over a long time by the MIBoC Scheme Committee and Technical Committee. The Scheme and Technical Committese members are collectively made up of independent Industry experts and experienced reliability professionals  from UK, EU, Africa, USA, Asia and Australia. 

Can the ARP Category 1, 2 or 3 courses be taken online?

It will possible to take the Category 1 course online, however Category 2 and 3 online courses are not currently available. For more information please use the contact page or email your enquiry.