Ability Optimisation Training

Ability Optimisation Training

Vienna Test System

Vienna Test System – Universal Response Panel

When existing operators or drivers display performance deficits or even low-level ability, safety and productivity will suffer. We offer state-of-the-art  technology and psychology to train the core abilities required for optimal operation of vehicles or machinery, using the world’s leading computer based psychology  platform, the Vienna Test System (VTS) developed by SCHUHFRIED, a global company headquartered in Austria.

The VTS training system CogniPlus, is used for developing, rehabilitating, or optimising cognitive, psychomotor, and perceptual functions.  CogniPlus is based on up-to-date, scientific knowledge of cognitive functions and the ways in which operators can be trained.

The realistic design of the training programs helps clients to integrate their progress into their operator roles. Fully integrated with our VTS assessment program, this provides a streamlined diagnosis, training and post-training evaluation capability.

Realistic and easy to learn training modules are available to develop, rehabilitate or optimise abilities such as:

  • Alertness – The ability to increase and sustain the intensity of attention to identify signals, cues or hazards and prepare for focused concentration.
  • Vigilance – The ability to sustain attention over a lengthy period of time under monotonous, repetitious or tedious conditions.
  • Selective concentration – Being able to quickly respond to relevant signals by suppressing inappropriate responses.
  • Focused concentration – Responding only to relevant signals among many distracting events.
  • Divided attention – Being able to perform different tasks simultaneously.
  • Working memory – Developing short-term memory for working in real life scenarios.
  • Long-term memory – Improving long-term memory and developing strategies to better manage learning and remembering.
  • Field of view training – Developing the capacity to identify and focus on objects or events either directly within the field of view or off to one side (above, below, left or right).
  • Spatial processing and mental rotation – Forming an accurate image of an object (such as a vehicle or machinery) and being able to rotate it mentally (e.g., when driving, moving a crane, loading a dump truck).
  • Visuomotor co-ordination – Co-ordinating hand and arm movements in response to visual signals.
  • Executive functions – Planning, organising, setting priorities, and learning how to manage distractions.

Here are some example screen shots of various training user interfaces.


Attention: Divided – The DIVID training program trains divided attention – the ability to perform different tasks simultaneously.


Attention: Alertness – The ALERT training program trains the alertness dimension of attention – the ability to temporarily increase and sustain the intensity of attention.

CogniPlus VTS

Attention: Vigilance – The VIG training program trains the attention dimension of vigilance – the ability to sustain attention over a lengthy period of time under monotonous stimulus conditions.


Attention: Focused– The FOCUS training program trains focused attention – the ability to respond only to relevant stimuli among a high density of distracting stimuli.

Advantages of CogniPlus

  1. Proven improvements in safety critical abilities – Carefully targeted training through computer guided imagery and  response sequences provide the best conditions under which key  abililties can be developed.  Left to their own resources, individuals  are often unaware of ways in which an ability can be developed because  abilities often operate outside the realm of awareness.
  2. Developed by prominent cognitive and rehabilitation scientists – Training programs are always developed in the light of the relevant up-to-date scientific literature.
  3. Based on a deficit-oriented intervention approach – Each training program is tailored to a specific deficit rather than giving generalised training which has been shown to cause performance to deteriorate.
  4. Trainability focus – Training programs are only offered for cognitive, perceptual and psychomotor functions that are scientifically proven to be trainable.
  5. Realistic and motivating design – Clients want to apply their improved abilities as quickly as possible. In training, the ability dimensions being addressed are almost always embedded in lifelike scenarios. It is this appealing, modern and motivating appearance that makes training popular with clients.
  6. Adapts automatically to the client‘s ability – Computerised training through an intelligent interactive system which is neither too easy nor too difficult for the client. It reliably identifies the client’s ability level and adapts automatically to it, thereby maximising training effect.
  7. Training levels from deficit up to elite performance – The training system has been designed to accommodate individuals with a wide range of ability from deficit, average, or high ability. This means that deficit abilities can be rehabilitated and average to high abilities can be optimised for greater performance.

Behavioural and Reflective-based coaching

Behavioural and developmental coaching supplements experiential training (computer-adaptive) to provide the client the best opportunity to:

  • Understand, evaluate and monitor performance results and progress
  • Raise self-insight and awareness of trainee’s own ability strengths and deficits that fosters a positive behavioural change
  • Transfer training and learning to job specific activities

Download CogniPlus catalogue: CogniPlus_2012_SCHUHFRIED


The SCHUHFRIED company (www.schuhfried.com)  headquartered in Vienna, Austria and originally founded as a family business in 1947, leads the world in computer-based psychological assessment.

schuhfriedSCHUHFRIED operates globally with 41 international offices and distributors including SCHUHFRIED Australia (www.schuhfried.com.au) operating from Brisbane, Queensland. The Vienna Test System developed by SCHUHFRIED is used to conduct some 12.5 million test sessions per year in 67 countries and is available in 27 languages. By way of example, it is used extensively in Africa throughout most of the sites for BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo Coal plus various sites for Vale and Barrick Gold.


VEEDRE (www.veedre.com.au) is SCHUHFRIED Australia’s assessment and development service arm and is recognised as Australia’s leading psychomotor service provider specialising in identifying and training the safest operators, drivers, trades and support staff for heavy industry.

veedreVEEDRE provides a recruitment testing service identifying the most capable people from experienced and ‘clean skin’ applicant pools for mining, construction and transport roles. We measure the human abilities required to safely operate machinery and drive vehicles – problem solving, trainability, safety attitudes, physical co-ordination, reaction, perception, attention, spatial awareness and time estimation. Our comprehensive range of tests have been developed into industry test suites for Mining and Resources, Rail, Transport, Ports, Construction, and Aviation. Clients and users all over the world have found that using psychometric testing during selection delivers safe and high performing employees.

VEEDRE is the only Australian provider of high volume recruitment testing using the VTS, and non-technical operator skills training using CogniPlus. Our testing covers a wide range of jobs from safety critical roles such as train drivers, pilots, drivers and plant operators, to customer service, trades and supervisory positions. Australian users of the VTS or CogniPlus include:


VTS CogniPlus workstations at VEEDRE Assessment & Development Centre

  • QR
  • Aurizon
  • BHP
  • BMA
  • Roche Mining
  • Austar Mining
  • Centennial Mines
  • MacMahon
  • Anglo Coal
  • Gladstone Ports


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