2.4 Phase III: Implementation
In Phase III, the AQP applicant will acquire and test the resources required to support one or both of the Qualification or Continuing Qualification curricula. These activities include developing courseware, qualifying instructors and evaluators, Small Group Try-outs (SGT), program revisions, and data submission. Included is the initial establishment of an AQP Quality Assurance team that will provide quality assurance activities throughout the program.
During this phase, the applicant will secure the training facility and equip classrooms with training aids, courseware, and other features that contribute to creating and maintaining a positive learning environment.
- Training of Instructors and Evaluators
It is important for the air operator to have all instructor and evaluator AQP documentation approved prior to implementing Phase III. This is necessary because the applicant must train, evaluate, and qualify their instructors and evaluators before beginning the SGT during this phase. Refer to Chapter 5 and the AQP Evaluator Manual for more information on the training and quality control of instructors and evaluators.
Note: It is important to note that the AQP Evaluator Course will replace the traditional ACP Course. It will require specific authorization from Transport Canada in order to ensure that it meets all of the requirements within the AQP Evaluator Manual.
- Conduct of the Authorized Curriculum Small Group Try-outs (SGT)
This training and evaluation will consist of SGT of each lesson using actual students and instructor/evaluators. Evaluation of the SGT Formative Evaluation will normally involve no jeopardy or credit for students, since its primary purpose is to determine lesson suitability and effectiveness. The applicant may choose, however, to give student credit for part or all training and qualification achieved in the formative evaluation. The decision to give credit must be authorized by Transport Canada before conducting the curriculum evaluation and the air operator’s request to do so should be documented in the Implementation and Operations Plan.
- Revisions to Training Programs and AQP Documents
Lessons learned to the program as a result of this step will be incorporated as changes to the approved AQP documents from Phase I and Phase II. This would include any required adjustments/changes to the JTA, Qualification Standards, development methodologies (i.e., Line Operational Simulation (LOS), Curriculum Design), curriculum outlines, footprints, and scripts. In addition, the Data Plan of the Implementation and Operations Plan will be implemented for the curriculum evaluated in this phase.
- Performance/Proficiency Data Maintenance
The applicant will maintain and analyse the performance and proficiency data as described in the applicant’s Data Plan. This crewmember data may be in electronic, digitized format or other format as authorized by Transport Canada. Any changes to format or procedures must be authorized by Transport Canada. The maintenance and analysis of the performance/proficiency data will continue for the life of this curriculum (i.e., through Phase III, IV and V).
- Periodic Program Revisions
Periodic program revisions will be made to the courseware, hardware, software, personnel, organization, and data collection and reporting system of the AQP, based on system performance and the examination of performance and proficiency data. These improvements will be implemented using the processes and the procedures described in the applicant’s AQP Maintenance Strategy. This plan is part of the Implementation and Operations Plan.
Transport Canada AQP authorization process for Phase III, SGT is located in Chapter 3: AQP Documentation Approval Process.
Transport Canada’s authorization to proceed with the implementation of initial operations, following a satisfactory assessment of Phase III activities and outcomes, marks the end of Phase III and the beginning of Phase IV.
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