Fluid Power System Designer
: is an expanded credential focusing on advanced, system level hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic controls expertise along with verifiable industry experience and is open to all qualifying individuals. Application.
1. IFPS Specialist Certification*
a. Hydraulic Specialist (CFPHS) Certification, AND/OR
b. Pneumatic Specialist (CFPPS) Certification, AND/OR
c. Electronic Controls Certification (CFPECS)
Effective January 1, 2018, all three Specialist certifications will be required.
2. Connector & Conductor Written Test
3. Five (5) Signed Professional References
4. Verifiable Fluid Power Design Experience
5. Agree to abide by the IFPS Code of Ethics
6. Six (6) years minimum system design OR any of the following:
a. Hold an Associate Fluid Power Degree + Four (4) years system design experience
b. Hold a BS Degree (Engineering or Engineering Technology) + Four (4) years system design experience
c. Hold a CFPAI (Certified Fluid Power Accredited Instructor) Certification + Four (4) years system design training experience
7. Completion of IFPS System Designer Application
** which is then put before our Board of
Directors or Certification Review Committee for approval.Effective January 1, 2018, all three Specialist certifications will be required.
*You must hold two (2) of the three (3) Specialist level certifications. If Specialist Certification was
obtained before HS and PS became separate entities (1998), the current Specialist Certification
will fulfill the HS requirement only; the PS or the ECS test must be taken and passed as well before
applying for System Designer Certification.
**Application must be typed and submitted with the $280 (IFPS Members) or $435 (non-member)
application fee. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a refund of their application fee (less an
$85.00 administrative fee.) Additional experience information may be supplied in the format
provided with the application. Each sheet must be signed. Upon receipt, the application will be
processed and reviewed. The Fluid Power Certification Review Committee may request additional
experience information. You will be notified of any actions and decisions.
Successful completion of the above requirements qualifies the applicant as a Certified Fluid Power
System Designer and shall be so designated by the IFPS Board of Directors.