Commissioned by Interplay Energy, the ‘Intercaz’ sim (or serious game, as it’s also known) is a home gas safety inspection simulation that you can access online.
It’s primary objective is to increase the number of learners taking home gas safety inspection tests online as a replacement to the prohibitive, traditional field testing.
By successfully completing the online sim, users gain credits (CEUs) towards real-life certification.
Whilst a written test for combustion safety is fairly standard to administer, the field test is challenging for a number of reasons.
- It is expensive to undertake because an experienced field proctor must administer the test in a ‘volunteer’ home.
- The field proctor usually charges approximately $100/hour and the test can take up to 2-3 hours
- Volunteer homes are often logistically difficult to manage and some of the training companies that offer the testing have resorted to buying homes and setting them up as test homes
- Due to lack of test homes, the number of test scenarios is limited.
- The consistency of field testing standards is inadequate across different training companies that exist in different states and regions in the US.
This was not a cost-effective, sustainable or scalable solution if the industry was to move forward.