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First US cohort graduates from Ant Training Academy

Following an intensive two-week accreditation course for Level-1 Miner Maintenance, the first US-based cohort of students from Bitmain’s Ant Training Academy (ATA) in Atlanta has officially graduated.

As part of its ongoing commitment to support customers, Bitmain launched the course to support the growing number of US-based mining facilities.

The new academy seeks to provide a more convenient service for overseas customers.

“It’s fantastic that the ATA is now in the US and more accessible to my team and I. The course gave me practical experience around miner maintenance that I can now bring back to share with the rest of my colleagues,” said Brett Garman, President of The Blockyard LLC, a community of tech professionals and freelancers.

The ATA Maintenance Training Course is designed to educate maintenance personnel for mining farms on how to install, operate, and repair mining equipment. This course was also the first to run outside of Shenzhen, China, where the first academy opened in July last year

The students enrolled for this course were trained by Bitmain’s Senior Engineers of the Antminer Brand, who guided students through the foundations of mining farm operation and maintenance – as well as the more technical aspects of chip-welding, installing hashboard testers and software, and maintenance of the Antminer 17 series.

Bitmain acknowledges the hard work of the cohort, who were required to pass both a theoretical and practical exam with scores of at least 80 percent.

Graduates received “Level-1 Qualification” certificates, which validates that they have the basic skills required for miner maintenance. These ATA course certificates aim to be a global standard for cryptocurrency miner maintenance. With these certifications, graduates are also now authorized to buy miner materials. 

“Quality training is often what stands between proper long-term mining care and poor maintenance. It was a no-brainer to attend the US-based ATA course; the new location makes it much more feasible to get equipped with the right skills,” said Kyle Cosentino, Field Operations Engineer for Crusoe Energy Systems a technology-driven flare mitigation provider. 

Kyle Cosentino was awarded a certificate of Top Performance for his outstanding work during the training period. Kyle Cosentino was also awarded a gift voucher for as part of the prize.

Top student Kyle Cosentino was awarded for his outstanding performance

Overall, trainers were extremely pleased to see the keen interest of students, especially as this is Bitmain’s first overseas branch to open since the pioneer academy opened in Shenzhen last year. 

ATA’s next training period to run from 30th March to 11th April 2020. With only 10 seats available, Bitmain encourages potential students to register early. For further information, please contact us

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Pioneer cohort inducted to Bitmain’s Ant Training Academy for industry’s first accreditation course for miner maintenance

SHENZHEN, 15 July 2019 – Bitmain, the world’s top 10 and China’s second largest fabless chipmaker, has inducted the pioneer cohort for the Ant Training Academy (ATA) to officially launch the industry’s first accreditation course for miner maintenance.

“Until now, education around miner maintenance was limited to what industry participants could ‘hack’ together. The Ant Training Academy is part of Bitmain’s continued commitment to improve cryptocurrency mining standards, encourage more sustainable practices and bring credibility to the industry,” said Jiang Zhihua, Bitmain’s Global Marketing Director. 

Ant Training Academy Opening Ceremony

ATA’s Maintenance Training Course is designed to educate maintenance personnel for mining farms on how to install, operate, and repair mining equipment. The course runs for a two week period in Shenzhen, China.

The first 16 participants enrolled for this quarter were inducted to ATA’s Maintenance Training Course in an opening Ceremony in Shenzhen where they will be trained by Bitmain’s Senior Engineers of the Antminer Brand.

Successful course participants will qualify for a “Certificate of Accomplishment”, which will include an assessment of their skill level. ATA course certificates aim to be a global standard for cryptocurrency miner maintenance. High-performing participants will be awarded certificates of Excellence and Top Performance.

Ant Training Academy Programme

“Getting the maintenance process right helps to extend the lifetime of cryptocurrency mining hardware. But right now, it is difficult to find the right resources to help one to upskill. I look forward to taking ATA’s course as it’s practical, will save us the cost of sending miners for repair and would shorten the timeframe of miner downtime in the long run,” said Tang Huihong, a technician at a company selling second-hand miners.

Full programme details for ATA’s Maintenance Training Course can be found here.

Applicants for ATA’s next cohort can register via Bitmain’s website.

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