Statement of Work Telecommunications Certification Body Training Draft 3, 20 April 1999 Background: As a consequence of the Mutual Recognition Agreeement (MRA) between the US and the European Union, there is a need for identifying conformity assessment bodies (CABs) on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. These CABs will have the authority to certify products for each other 9s market. The FCC implemented the CAB process in FCC Docket 98-68.
This docket sets up the US CAB equivalent called Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs). Organizations seeking designation as a TCB must demonstrate competence in understanding and applying the FCC rules. TCBs will take over much of the technical processing activity associated with equipment approval which is currently performed by the FCC.
The challenge is to show to the FCC that the TCB have the competence to speak in an equivalent manner when certifying products for the US marketplace. Scope: In order to achieve competency, the industry in cooperation with the FCC, has decided that a formal training program is needed. Successfully completing the training and in showing objective evidence of the breadth and depth of knowledge now residing primarily with the FCC is considered meeting the goal of achieving competency.
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coupled with other means of training, including but not limited to: on- the-job training with FCC personnel, computer-based-training and other industry training courses. The training shall be facilitated by instructors from both the FCC and industry as well as other qualified personnel. The training shall include: 1.<br><br> Practical and in-depth knowledge of the FCC rules, interpretations, and administrative processing. 2. Specific competency is needed in these identified areas a.<br><br> Telecom network terminal attachment requirements (FCC Part 68) b. Low power incidental radiation sources (FCC Parts 2, 15, and 68) c. Licensed RF transmitters (FCC Parts 22, 24, &&95) d.<br><br> Unlicensed low power transmitters (FCC Part 15D, etc.) Request for Quotation It was decided by industry that this training program shall be administered by a professional training organization. This decision was based on the need to meet strict deadlines in having the training available. It is expected that this training (or at least the initial modules) will be needed as soon as mid-July of this year.<br><br> To facilitate this training candidate instructors and FCC participants will be identified in the near future. It is anticipated that the training will be performed in modular form in the areas shown in item 2 a through 2 d above. The modules can be based on the following: 1.<br><br> General introduction material explaining the requirements to be a TCB as stated in the TCB criteria. TCB criteria should be finalized by the FCC on or about 7 May 1999. 2.<br><br> Preparatory course (self-instruction prior to attending the formal instruction) 3. Formal training course. (Including: lectures, class notes, testing, and required reading.) 4.<br><br> The targeted training period is up to 5 days in length 5. A mix of FCC and industry expert representatives shall comprise the training staff 6. A workshop where the potential TCBs view the FCC as it works through typical questions asked by manufacturers.<br><br> 7. A possible visit to manufacturers laboratories and third part testing locations to view actual application of the rules during a conformity assessment. 8.<br><br> Other training aids such as problem solving to apply the training being provided. 9. Other training opportunities as appropriate.<br><br> It is expected that each of these items will be arranged in a modular format in the 4 areas indicated above whereby TCBs must be competent. This will allow several lecturers to perform the training using a common set of training aids, notes and visuals. To accommodate the quotation process using the above , please provide: 1.<br><br> Itemized proposal to implement the above 9 requirements 2. A proposal for getting qualified trainers 3. Itemized timeline in preparing the training and in implementing it by 1 July 4.<br><br> Mechanism to provide training on a cas needed d when there is sufficient numbers of prospective TCBs (it is expected that most of the training will be completed by the end of the year when it is expected that the (initial) TCBs will be in operation 5. Itemized costs for providing the training including estimates of registration costs for the propective TCBs. It is expected that the program will cover all expenses for the lecturer, administrative overhead, reasonable profit, and all training aids.<br><br> 6. List of proposed lecturers and their areas of specialization (the TCB criteria ad hoc committee will assist in getting this list together). 7.<br><br> List of FCC personnel that will be included in the training and their specialization 8. Identification of areas not considered in the above requirements both technical and in the quotation process. Quotation deadline As indicated, the training has to be in place by July and hence this RFQ must be in the hands of the facilitating organization no later than 30 May.<br><br> Send your full quotation response to the above areas to: Mary Jo DiBernardo Staff Administrator ACIL 1629 K Street, Suite 400 Washington DC 20006 Phone: 202-887-5872 Fax: 202-887-0021 Notice and awarding of contract The awarding of the contract will be within 2 weeks of the submission deadline. There may be a cbidders d meeting to answer questions. That will occur prior to the submission deadline at a time and place to be announced.<br><br> For more information on the training program requirements, contact either of the following ACIL representatives: Don Heirman Bill Husrst Don HEIRMAN Consultants CCL 732-741-7723 801-972-6146 ext 1215 732-530-5695 FAX 801-972-8432 FAX Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com