On November 21st 1951 the VOA was founded under the name “Society for Development of Labour techniques” as a member organization of the NIVE, the “Dutch Institute For Efficiency”. Efficiency later became Management. It was already clear that systems of pre-determined times, like WORK-FACTOR, would have a very valuable meaning for labour techniques and work productivity.
In 1954 - 1955 the first course on Detailed WORK-FACTOR was organized at the NV Philips' Gloeilampen Fabrieken in Eindhoven, followed by many more. After the publication of Ready WORK-FACTOR in 1961-1962, most staff members of TEO within Philips were trained in RWF, as well in the Benelux and elsewhere.
In 1966 a licence treaty was concluded between the WOFAC (until 1993 part of the Science Management Corporation, SMC) and the VOA. Some time later the VOA and the NV Philips esthablished the WORK-FACTOR Council, WOFAC Council or WFC, that would control and manage the WORK-FACTOR rights and duties in the Benelux. Also the Council would supervise the correct use of WORK-FACTOR names and logo’s and see to it that the use of WF names and logo’s were allowed. At July 28th 1993 the SMC was filed for bankruptcy and emerged from bankruptcy on July 10th 1996 and partly or totally transferred to the Science Management Company, LLC.
In 1967? the name VOA was changed into “Society for Organization and Workstudy” and changed again in 1979 into “Society for Business Economics”.
As from November 28th 2012 the VOA ceased its activities and went into VOA in Liquidation. As from this date its WF licences and rights were transferred to the WS Foundation.
The WFC has the exclusive right to teach and to spread the WORK-FACTOR system in the Benelux, grant possible authorization or appoint authorized agents. The WFC is competent to educate, train and certify WF instructors and holds a register of certified WF instructors. Only analysts educated and trained by a WFC certified instructor, are competent to use and exercise analyses in that particular WF system. The WFC holds a register of WF analysts.
According to the treaty the name and logo of WOFAC is a trademark and protected and registered via Novagraaf at Amsterdam with the Bureau of Trademarks for the Benelux. Through the Work-Study Foundation the name and logo of “WORK-FACTOR” is a trademark, and protected and registered via Merk-Echt in Breda with the Bureau of Trademarks for the Benelux as well as for the EU.
A WF course may be organized by the WS Foundation/WFC/WFGD, a company or institution or by a certified WF instructor. The course will be announced and reported to the WS Foundation/WFC/WFGD.
The course fee will be determined by the WS Foundation/WFC/WFGD, the company or the institution or by the WF instructor.
In case of organization by the WS Foundation/WFC/WFGD, a certified WF instructor will be appointed by the WFC. In case of an application of a WF course by a company or institution the instructor must be a certified WF instructor.
The corresponding WF material and WF software may be ordered at the WS Foundation, who will charge the costs to the organizing party.
The WS Foundation charges via the organizing party the costs for licences, rights, examination, certification and desk costs per course participant.(see page WF products and Materials)
An examination consists of a theoretical part and a practical part.
The theoretical part consists of a number of small questions, which in principal comprize the total WF course content: number of questions is 15 till 20. This will be put to 100% or equal to 100 points.
The practical part consists of one integral exercise, inwhich the examinee has to analyze the manufacture of a product or sub-assy, consisting of a number of parts, inclusive an acceptable method according to an accompanying description of the method and has to calculate the basic time in seconds and the standard time in minutes per 100 pieces. This is also put to 100% or equal to 100 points.
The examinees examination must at least result in an assessment “Good” to qualify for certification. This means that an average assessment over both parts of 70% or 70 points must be achieved, onwhich neither part may have an assessment lower than 60% or 60 points.
Purpose: Analysts must have an assessment “Good”, because one must be able to make “good” analyses and therefore “good” methods, consequently resulting in “good” working standards and normal times. Workers, operators and employees will be hold accountable a.o. for their performance. Therefore the assessment of a performance must be executed at least “good”.
The WF instructor or examinor must submit the exam with the analysis, the test of answer, for approval to the WFC.
After approval by the WFC, in casu the examination committee of the WFC, the WF instructor c.q. examinor may pursue the examination.
The WF instructor c.q. examinor checkes the exams of the candidate analysts and evaluates the exams in accord-ance with the exam rules of the WFC for that particular WF system.
For more details see the corresponding WF course regulations.
Evaluated in that way, the exams are send for assessment by the examinations committee of the WFC to the WS Found./WFC/WFGD. After assessment by the WFC the final evaluations will be established and (possible) certificates will be processed. After the correct signation by the WFC the certificates will posted to the instructor or the examinor. The instructor or the examinor will countersign the certificate and will be accountable for delivery to the corresponding candidate analyst.
Only after reception by the candidate of the correctly signed WF certificate one is a WF analyst in the mentioned WF system and competent to independently execute WF analyses in that WF system.
Certified and active WORK-FACTOR instructors are:
Ms. M. van Doorn
Mr. E. Pol
Mr. G. de Vrij
Mr. F. Weil
Mr. O. van der Wijk
Mr. J. van der Zanden
Companies employing certified WF analysts using one or more WF systems to optimize working methods and standardize time, may apply for a WF company recognition by the WFC.