ATD Excellence in Practice Award

Transformative Results Earn Fulcrum Labs and Aviation Institute of Maintenance ATD’s Training Excellence Award

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There’s nothing quite like being recognized by your peers.

That’s why we’re excited to share that Fulcrum Labs, along with our partners, Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), the nation’s largest aviation maintenance school, has recently been awarded the prestigious 2019 Excellence in Practice Award from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations.

This award recognizes exemplary practices in workplace learning and talent development that deliver sustained, clear, and measurable results. Since 2017, AIM and Fulcrum Labs have collaborated to prepare learners nationwide to pass critical FAA certification exams. By leveraging Fulcrum’s competency-based Adaptive 3.0 learning platform within its FAA-certification prep course, AIM has increased program graduates, encouraged higher exam participation rates, and achieved a transformative improvement of more than 46% in FAA certification exams.

According to AIM, these outcomes have empowered the company, already the leader in its field, to set the ambitious goal of producing 20% of all FAA certified aviation mechanics for the industry by 2021 – thus helping the aviation industry move toward unprecedented certification rates and reducing a persistent and critical skills gap.[1]

“The demand for skilled technicians in aviation, manufacturing, welding, energy, and other industries is outpacing the number of people entering these career fields,” said Dr. Joel English, Executive Vice President of AIM. “With partners like Fulcrum Labs, we’re flipping that paradigm and giving more students the skills and – maybe more importantly – the confidence to fill these lucrative technical career opportunities.”

For students studying to receive their FAA certification in aviation mechanics, the two partners have a clear record of success. For example, the AIM/Fulcrum Labs collaboration has:

  • Consistently improved pass rates to more than 95%
  • Increased the number of graduates sitting for the FAA exams by 25% – meaning more students feel confident enough in their knowledge and abilities to take the certifications
  • Placed 72% of graduates in aviation maintenance positions upon certification, with some of AIM’s campuses being as high as 81% placement

“Our mission is to turn students into learners, and turn learners into confident subject matter masters who have the skills and confidence to go out and apply what they’ve learned to improve their careers, and ultimately, their lives,” said Patrick Weir, CEO of Fulcrum Labs. “ATD’s recognition of this collaborative partnership and our technology’s role in helping AIM and its students achieve their goals is further validation of the transformational success we’ve achieved together.”

For more about ATD’s Excellence in Practice Awards, visit:

If you’re a trade or vocational school looking to implement online learning or an adaptive program into your curriculum, let’s connect. We’d love to discuss your goals, how we can collaborate and how these results can translate into transformative success with your unique goals. If applicable, we can also love to explore how our Adaptive 3.0 Learning technology might help your institution maintain its level of instructional excellence and get them most value from your CARES Act allotment during the Covid-19 crisis.

[1] Prior to Covid-19, we were on track to achieve this goal. Since the COVID-19 crisis, AIM has come to rely even more on the course in Fulcrum’s platform for all its students. Learn more here.