NSAI NML Calibration training

NSAI NML offers measurement and calibration training in its purpose-built laboratory located in Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D11E527.

Calibration training course details and dates can be found in the links below.
Bookings can be made online or by contacting the NSAI NML Administrator

NSAI NML offers a range of calibration training courses including intensive one-day practical courses both in NSAI NML and in-house. Tailored Metrology courses are also available on request. 

The training courses in Measurement and Calibration range from areas such as Evaluating Measurement Uncertainty and Weights and Balance Calibration through to Electrical Measurement and Temperature Calibration.  

To request further NSAI NML Calibration training details, to book a course using a Purchase Order number or for NML technical consultancy on measurement related matters, contact:

Calibration Course Booking

CT001 Foundation Course

Foundation Course in Measurement & Calibration

This training course is intended for individuals who are new to the field of calibration or who are responsible for the management and administration of an in-house calibration system.

Course Content

  • Measurement Standards and Traceability
  • Measurement Uncertainty
  • Test Uncertainty Ratio
  • Instrument Accuracy Specification
  • Calibration Certificates
  • Recalibration Intervals
  • Laboratory Accreditation
  • Tour of NML facilities

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical demonstrations. 
Fee includes, documentation, lunch and refreshments.

CT002 Evaluating Measurement Uncertainty

This training course is intended for individuals who perform or manage critical measurement/calibration tasks and who need to evaluate the measurement uncertainties associated with their measurement results.

The course is based on the internationally accepted method given in the ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement.

Course Content

  • The importance of measurement uncertainty
  • Understanding and modelling the measurement process
  • Statistical tools for uncertainty evaluation
  • Identifying and assessing measurement input quantities
  • Using Excel to formulate an uncertainty budget
  • Combining standard uncertainties
  • Reporting the measurement uncertainty
  • Worked examples and exercises on uncertainty evaluation

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical sessions.

Note: Extra half day option available to discuss user specific uncertainty evaluations. 
(price on request)

CT003 Practical Dimensional Calibration

The emphasis of this training course is on the practical aspects of dimensional measurement and calibration. This course provides the knowledge and expertise for people who use measurement tools or require an appreciation of the importance of measurement, calibration and the use of dimensional measurement techniques to complete their daily tasks.
 

Course Content

  • Principles of Measurement and Calibration
  • Dimensional units, traceability, and standards
  • Uncertainty of Measurement
  • Specifications and tolerances - interpretation of BS/ISO Specifications
  • Usage, storage and handling of dimensional standards and artefacts
  • Calibration of calipers, micrometers and dial gauges
  • Use of gauge blocks in dimensional calibration
  • Recording calibration results and reviewing calibration certificates
  • Error avoidance tactics for dimensional measurements

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical demonstrations.

CT004 Practical Temperature Measurement & Calibration

The emphasis is on the practical aspects of temperature measurement and calibration.
The course provides the knowledge and expertise for those who use temperature measuring devices or require an appreciation of the importance of measurement, calibration and the use of temperature instruments and standards in the performance of their daily tasks.
 

Course Content

  • Principles of Temperature Measurement and Calibration
  • Temperature Units, terminology, traceability and standards
  • Thermometer Types: Thermocouples, Liquid in Glass thermometers, Platinum Resistance Thermometers and Thermistors 
  • Accuracy of Thermometers
  • Temperature Mediums: Liquid Baths, Dry Blocks, Ovens
  • Thermometer usage, selection and application - Sources of errors
  • In-house calibration methods i.e. profiles in ovens

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical sessions.
Fee: €480 including documentation, lunch and refreshments

CT005 Weights & Balance Calibration

The emphasis of this one day training course is on the practical aspects of mass measurement.

The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of weighing machines and mass standards and covers topics such as mass classification, mass standards, calibration procedures and environmental influences.

Course Content

  • Review of general calibration principles
  • Mass units, traceability, and standards
  • Mass classification - construction, material, tolerances
  • Mass standards - usage, storage and handling
  • Selection of mass standards for in-house balance calibration
  • Calibration of weighing machines and balances
  • Minimum weight requirements
  • Brief introduction to uncertainty of measurement
  • Error avoidance tactics for mass measurements

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical demonstrations.
Fee: €480 including documentation, lunch and refreshments

CT006 Electrical Measurement & Calibration

The training course is intended for calibration individuals who are responsible for the calibration of electrical measuring instruments (DC and low frequency).

This course is provided on demand.

Course Content

  • Review of general calibration principles
  • Electrical units, traceability, and standards
  • Calibration of hand-held digital multimeters
  • Calibration of current and voltage sources
  • Calibration of decade resistance boxes
  • Error avoidance tactics for electrical measurements

Further topics *

*As far as is possible, the course content is tailored to meet the specific needs of participants. This is done by means of a questionnaire which is sent to intending participants prior to the course.

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical sessions.
Fee including documentation, lunch and refreshments
Course fee is provided €480.

CT009 Temperature / Humidity Mapping of Enclosures

The training course is intended for professionals involved in using, maintaining and calibrating temperature/ humidity chambers and enclosures and for those with responsibility for managing the enclosure calibration programme. 

The emphasis of this course is on the best practice and review of relevant internationally accepted methods for enclosure mapping.

Course Content

  • Temperature Mapping of Enclosures including latest Guidelines and Standards
  • A comparison of Enclosure Validation Techniques as described in  IEC 60068
  • Calibration & mapping Techniques for temperature/ humidity enclosures
  • Overview & introduction to Uncertainty of Measurement for Mapping

 Practical Details

Tuition will consist of classroom work and practical sessions.
Course Duration: ½ day
Course Location: NSAI National Metrology Laboratory, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
Course Fee includes documentation, lunch and refreshments.

CT010 Calibration - Tailored Course

NML offers the possibility of taking a tailored course containing short training modules on specific topics, at a foundation and intermediate level. Such modules are ideal as refresher courses, for those already working in the field who wish to extend their knowledge to other measurement areas, or for those requiring training on a specific measurement topic.

Intending participants may tailor the course to their requirements by indicating the training modules of interest to them.  NML will then arrange the course for a suitable date, normally within one month of the request.

Training can be provided at the NML or in-company.  In the latter case, the practically based modules will require access to the company’s own laboratories facilities.  Participants will receive a documentation pack for each training module.  The courses are normally restricted to six persons or less.  It is intended to add further modules in the near future.

This course is provided on demand.

CT011 Humidity Measurement & Calibration

The training course is intended for those who are responsible for the calibration of humidity measuring instruments and standards.  The emphasis is on the practical aspects of humidity measurement and calibration.

This course is provided on demand.

Course Content

  • Principles of Humidity measurement
  • Hygrometric definitions, units, terminology,traceability
  • How hygrometers work
  • Types of hygrometers used in industry: Dew point instruments, Psychrometer, RH Instruments and Salt solutions
  • Measurement uncertainty with particular reference to Climatic chambers, rooms
  • Practical advice on applications

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical demonstrations.
Fee includes documentation, lunch and refreshments


Course duration: 1 day
Capacity: 9 delegates

CT012 Evaluating Measurement Uncertainty - Intermediate Level

This course serves as a follow-on to CT002 “EVALUATING MEASUREMENT UNCERTAINTY”, which introduced the internationally accepted method of evaluating measurement uncertainty contained in the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM).

It is aimed at those who regularly perform uncertainty analysis and require a more in-depth understanding of the process.

Course Content

  • A review of the GUM method of uncertainty evaluation
  • Measurement models and measurement equations
  • Uncertainty propagation and Sensitivity Coefficients
  • Effective degrees of freedom
  • Coverage factors and expanded uncertainties
  • Correlated input quantities
  • Monte Carlo Simulation

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical demonstrations.

This course is provided on demand.
Course Fee: €480
Course Duration: 1 day

CT014 Practical Pipette Calibration

The training course is intended for those professionals involved in the calibration of manual and automatic pipettes. The emphasis of this training course is on the practical aspects of pipette calibration.

The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the techniques, sources or errors and measurement uncertainty in the calibration of pipettes.

Course Content

  • Review of Pipette Operation
  • Principles of Pipette Calibration using gravimetric method
  • Selection of balance for Pipette Calibration
  • Techniques for Calibration of Pipettes
  • Brief introduction to uncertainty of measurement in Pipette Calibration
  • Error avoidance tactics in Pipette Calibration

Tuition will consist of classroom work, exercises and practical demonstrations.
Fee includes documentation, lunch and refreshments.

This course is provided on demand.
Course Duration: ½ day
Course Cost: €300