The main idea behind training here is the training on how to operate the equipment in an appropriate way and to have the right facility for the optimal results that fulfills the theory. This assumes that the trainees have the appropriate background. However, in real life and from experience in many cases, most of the assigned trainees are not qualified for such training. This has been encountered in most of the training sessions in different countries!

Typical questions mostly raised by the trainees are:

  • What do we use this equipment for?
  • What are we going to prove?
  • How do we use the results in the calculations, and  what are the mathematical formula?

Several similar questions are usually raised. Such questions could be interpreted in the sense that these trainees have no suitable technical background. It is so strange when we assume that the trainees are either instructors or lab assistants. This should mean that they have at least a university degree, which logically means that they studied such related topics. What is not understood also is that more frequently the trainees are personnel at higher rank; normally they have no teaching load. This occurs specially when the training is abroad and/or with some benefits!

The main responsibility would lie on the department authority who appoint candidates for such training. Since training time is limited, there would hardly be time for going through the theory behind the experiments. It is this doubted that these trainees would digest the details of traning.

The only way in such case is to organise a special intensive course to go over the theory before starting the training on the equipment. But, it should always be born in mind that this would add to the cost of training.