Is it possible to do the three levels of the SMSCP continuously, in form of a part-time or full-time study program?
The decision, regarding how to implement the SMSCP in the best way, lies with partner school. Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin does offer guidance and support around this topic via best practice discussion, reviews of existing programs, and sharing generalized expertise. To ensure the program is consistent with the partner schools regulatory structure and local priorities and needs, we choose to let this decision rest with the partner school. Some partner schools around the world implement the program in an accelerated workforce retraining program for unemployed workers; some of them integrated it into existing technical degree curriculums; still others implement the program via partnerships with local industry to improve the skill levels of current workers. Due to the program’s flexible structure, there are many options available to our partner schools. The Siemens Technik Akademie Berlin provides the certification framework and quality assurance to the program.
The length of time it takes to complete the coursework for a level depends on the number of courses in each level and the method of implementation at the partner school. For Level 1 and 3, which each have four courses, 6 weeks is the minimum time to finish one of these Levels. Level 2 consists of 6 course which leads to minimum course duration of 9 weeks.
Level exams are pass/fail. A passing mark together with the completed coursework qualifies the student for the appropriate level certificate. Grading schemes for individual constituent courses for a particular level come under the partner school’s local rules.
What are the job prospects after having completed a level certification in the SMSCP?
Every level of the SMSCP is tied to a job-profile describing what a certified person should be able to do after completing the exam. If SMSCP-certified students apply for a job that goes along with this profile, they have an increased chance of qualifying for the job, and many do get placed at Siemens companies or joint ventures. However, hiring decisions are exclusively the decision of the hiring company.