These courses are the legacy of the late Bev Howard, which he developed and implemented while being employed at the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), in 1976, when industry required an auditable system, to ensure the quality and traceability of material and products made.
The Southern African Standard SABS 0157 was published, and later the standard became part of the international standard ISO 9000.
In late 1978 I joined Bev Howard, also being employed as CSIR, at Applied Electronics at NEERI (The National Electrical Engineering Research Institute), and then as Quality Manager at The Integrated Circuit Facility, a joint venture between the CSIR and Plessey England.
The practical courses are designed to emphasise the importance of Quality and the full understanding of Statistical Process Control in the industry.
In 1990 when the CSIR was privatised, we resigned to continue as Industrial Training and Quality Assurance (Pty) Ltd.
Both Quality Techniques I and Quality Techniques II, serve the purpose of preparing our candidates, in Statistics, for the international recognised external examinations available.
The City and Guilds of London, "Certificate in Quality Assurance", has since been removed from their curriculum.
While still entering the candidates for the above-mentioned certificate, we had the privilege that the "The City and Guilds of London Medal for the best student" was rewarded to six of our candidates.
This medal was only awarded if a certain number of candidates wrote the examination internationally. It was external examination, set and marked by the City and Guilds of London.
At the time we also prepared candidates for the certification examinations offered by the then "ASQC", American Society for Quality Control, which since became the "ASQ", American Society for Quality.
We have had the privilege of dealing with the whole spectrum of industries in South Africa and abroad. To this end, we will always offer our continuous support to our clients in all quality related matters.
Our mission is to share our knowledge with integrity, honesty and confidence, to allow each of our candidates to reach their full potential in the field of quality, locally and internationally.
Herculine J Retief