Partners recognized for dramatic learning outcomes and real-life impact of pioneering FAA certification preparation program

Written by Craig Joiner, of Fulcrum Labs

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM), the nation’s premier family of aviation maintenance schools, and its partner, Fulcrum Labs, the industry leader in AI-powered adaptive learning technology, analytics and training outcomes, have 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 innovative 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 percent in FAA certification exams. AIM indicates that these outcomes have empowered the company, already the leader in its field, to set the ambitious goal of producing 20 percent 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.

“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, AIM has:

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

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About Aviation Institute of Maintenance

Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM) is a network of aviation maintenance schools with campuses coast-to-coast in the United States and headquarters in Virginia Beach, Va. AIM students are trained to meet the increasing global demand of commercial, cargo, corporate and private aviation employers. AIM graduates are eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration exams necessary to obtain their mechanic’s certificate with ratings in both Airframe and Powerplant. AIM’s campuses are in the following major metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, San Francisco Bay, Orlando, and Norfolk. Visit or call (888) FIX-JETS for more information.

About Fulcrum Labs

Fulcrum Labs is a cloud-based, SaaS learning solution that is, first and foremost, outcomes driven, to help its partners meet and often exceed their KPIs. Fulcrum’s mission is to turn students into learners and turn learners into confidence subject matter masters. The company’s proprietary, Adaptive 3.0 learning platform leverages AI, Machine Learning and data-science-driven predictive analytics to: build and verify learner confidence and subject matter mastery; nurture learner autonomy and self-remediation; identify those at risk of not applying the learning; evaluate and help optimize the integrity of course content; and foster a culture of learning within post-secondary institutions and corporations. Fulcrum Labs has been awarded 19 consecutive Brandon Hall Awards over the past four years. Fulcrum also earned CLO Magazine’s 2019 Gold Partnership Excellence Award and it was the winner of EdTech Digest’s 2018 Best Professional Skills Solution award. In a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation study, Fulcrum’s platform was the only adaptive system that demonstrably improved both learning outcomes and increased learner course satisfaction. To learn more about Fulcrum Labs and their Adaptive 3.0 Learning Platform visit:

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