BFPA Minimum Educational Recommendations (MERs)

The BFPA prides itself on the lead it has taken in the UK to provide training for all personnel involved in the maintenance and management of Fluid Power Systems and their associated controls.

The BFPA Education and Training Committee believes that everyone who is expected to operate and maintain fluid power components and systems at a practical level should have a basic minimum understanding of either hydraulics, pneumatics or electronic control systems to ensure that they are working safely.

To this end, the BFPA has developed a set of Minimum Educational Recommendations, called MERs for short, that should be regarded as an industry standard. These recommendations (MERs) cover Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Electronic Control of fluid power systems.

Who should be considering these MERs?

All companies or individuals who work at a practical level with hydraulics, pneumatics and electronic control systems when applied to fluid power should be thinking about how these recommendations apply to them. Does your workforce have this basic understanding of the systems they operate, do you as an individual have the qualifications to prove this.

MER – Hydraulics

The aim of the MER in Hydraulics is to provide candidates with the understanding of where Fluid Power – Hydraulics is used in modern society and its importance in the provision of power and motion control.

Examples of topics covered include:

  • Fundamental principles of all hydraulic systems
  • Hydraulic symbols, pumps, fluid oil reservoirs, actuators
  • Pressure, flow and direction control, contamination control, hose technology, maintenance procedures

Why don’t you take the BFPA online questionnaire to see if you have the minimum requirements needed to work safely with hydraulics.

The BFPA believes that not knowing is not an option – so test your knowledge today.


MER – Pneumatics

The MER Pneumatics aims to develop an understanding of how fluid power pneumatics and electro pneumatics are used in modern society and its importance in the provision of power and motion control. It is acknowledged that in today’s world it is rare for pneumatics to be applied as a single technology and invariably electrical /electronic controls are included as well. We therefore recommend that a basic introduction to electronics is considered alongside these minimum pneumatics recommendations.

Examples of topics covered:

  • Basic fundamental principles for pneumatic systems
  • Pneumatic symbols, compressors, airline components, actuators, tube and pipework
  • Pressure, flow and direction control
  • Electrical principles, techniques and symbol
  • Maintenance procedures

Pneumatics Assessment Coming in April

MER – Electronic Controls

In today’s world of fluid power motion and control very rarely are hydraulics and pneumatics applied as a single system. Engineers need to be equipped with at least the basics of electronic and control technology in order to embrace their ever-increasing role as part of Integrated Fluid Power Systems.

Examples of topics covered:

  • Basic principles equating to fluid power analogies where possible
  • Electronic components and their applications.
  • An introduction to control systems
  • Power supply methods
  • Magnetism and electro-magnetism
  • Electrical symbols, test and measurement, motors and motor control
  • Cables and termination methods
  • Maintenance procedures

Electronics Assessment Coming Soon