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Metrology Fundamentals Seminar will take place in late January.

Press Release Summary:

Dec 17, 2015 - Taking place January 25–29, 2016 in Gaithersburg, MD, Fundamentals of Metrology will introduce participants to concepts of measurement systems, units, measurement uncertainty/assurance, traceability, basic statistics, and how they fit into lab Quality Management System. Those and additional topics, including overall Laboratory Management and Laboratory Quality Management Systems as well as various requirements, will be covered via lecture, hands-on exercises, case studies, and discussion.

National Institute of Standards & Technology - Gaithersburg, MD

Original Press Release

Fundamentals of Metrology

Press release date: Dec 14, 2015

The Fundamentals of Metrology seminar will introduce the participant to the concepts of measurement systems, units, measurement uncertainty, measurement assurance, traceability, basic statistics and how they fit into the laboratory Quality Management System. Additional topics covered will include overall Laboratory Management and Laboratory Quality Management Systems as well as specific discussions of the requirements for proficiency testing, calibration report generation, software verification and validation and management reviews. Topics will be covered using a variety of measurement disciplines and case studies so that the participants will be able to apply the concepts to any measurement discipline upon completion. Topics will be covered in a mixture of training styles including lecture, hands-on exercises, case studies and discussion.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:
IDENTIFY and USE reference materials to ensure good quality, accurate, traceable measurement results;
EXPLAIN highlights and key concepts of each topic (noted on the Table of Contents and the detailed learning objectives) to each other and to your managers and show how these topics fit in to a management system using ISO/IEC 17025 as the basis.
Have and know how to IMPLEMENT several simple tools, job aids, and references to use and improve your laboratory operations.

Technology Requirement(s):
You will need to bring a 10-digit scientific calculator to use during this seminar. Participants MUST be familiar with the use of the hand-held scientific calculator. Additionally, use of a laptop or tablet PC is required to succeed in the seminar. Participants must have access to Microsoft Word and Excel (versions 2010 or newer) and be able to open and use template Excel workbooks that will be provided on either CD-ROM or USB media. You must also be able to save/store files to USB media devices or CD-RW to facilitate printing. Internet access is not provided during the seminar.

Materials & Supplies:
A number of notebooks and course materials will be provided.

Required prerequisites include having a demonstrated knowledge of basic mathematics (pre-test) and completion of a number of reading assignments.

In addition to completing and submitting the Math Exercises, please read:
“NPL Beginner’s Guide to Measurement” (
“Beginner's Guide to Measurement in Mechanical Engineering” (
ISO/IEC 17025 (either the standard itself, or versions available in NIST Handbook 143, Program Handbook)
For reference, download NIST Special Publication 811 “Guide for the Use of the International System of Units (SI)” (

Pre-work Deadline:
Submit the math test (pre-work) according to instructions by COB on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Fundamentals of Metrology, Laboratory Auditing Program (LAP) Problems – required for State Weights and Measures Laboratories (not applicable for other participants.)

Minimum Requirement(s):
Successful completion requires that participants fully participate in all classroom and laboratory exercises, turn in or present accurate work assignments, and be present for the entire course. There will also be a Final Exam on the last day of the class. The Final Exam will contribute 50 percent of the grade and the class and laboratory exercises will be 50 percent of the grade. A passing grade on both portions is required to obtain a training certificate that indicates “successful completion” (e.g., getting a 100 percent on the final will not be an excuse to participate minimally in classroom and laboratory.) Successful completion qualifies the participant to participate in the Mass, volume and length seminars, though those may have additional prerequisites.

State laboratory personnel who have responsibilities for developing, implementing, and/or improving the quality management system in their laboratory as well as those who are seeking OWM recognition and/or accreditation or improvements to support recognition/accreditation. This course is also available for non-weights and measures participants.

The current fee for this seminar is $2,200. Registration fees for State weights and measures regulatory officials and metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.

Georgia Harris
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 4014

Related Project(s):
NIST OWM has a number of other training opportunities scheduled. For more information:
OWM Training Schedule
OWM Lab Metrology Group Training page
Request training using the Weights and Measures Contact Management System

Start Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
End Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Location: Gaithersburg 101/B11
Audience: Industry, Government
Format: Seminar

NIST / Office of Weights and Measures
Class No. 5377

Event Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Online registration
You must register in the Office of Weights and Measures Contacts System. You must first establish a primary contact account by going to the link listed above. Follow the instructions to create an account unless you are already a registered user. The Quick Guide provides an overview of the training registration process.

Your request for a contact account will be processed within one business day. You will be sent a password, so that you can then register in our training system (How to Request Training & Transcript Using the Contacts System-PDF) for this class. If you have any questions, contact Isabel Chavez at 301-975-2128.

Registration Contact:
Yvonne Branden
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 3272

Isabel Chavez
Contact Management System Administrator
Phone: (301) 975 - 2128

Security Instructions:
You will need a government-issued photo ID (e.g., passport or driver's license) when you check into the Visitors Center at the entrance of NIST on Monday morning. If you will be driving, please bring your Vehicle Registration card also.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005 (, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. NIST currently accepts other forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver's license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD's Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, Military Dependents ID, Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and TSA Trusted Traveler ID. See Visitor Information for the latest information.

The Washington Metrorail (light rail system) is available from National Airport (awkward with much luggage). You must purchase a ticket at the National Airport Metro station for the entire trip. Take the Blue Line from the airport, change to the Red Line at Metro Center station and take the Red Line to the last stop at Shady Grove, then take a cab to the hotel. Taxis are also available at a cost between $50 and $60. You may also rent a car if you so desire. Many of the local hotels have a shuttle to and from NIST. Please verify if your hotel has shuttle service to NIST when making room reservations. Travel from Dulles Airport or Baltimore-Washington-International must be accomplished by car, taxi or shuttle.

Visitor Information:

Technical Contact:
Georgia L. Harris
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 4014