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NSAI NML Calibration Training

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.


Several of our courses are CPD approved by Engineers Ireland

Please see our NML 2020 Training Programme for details.

Bookings can be made online or by contacting the NSAI NML Administrator

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

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

Course Duration: 1 day
Course Dates : 19th February 2020
20th May 2020, 30th September 2020,
18th November 2020
Course Cost: €480 (including documentation, lunch and refreshments)

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

 

Engineers Ireland CPD approved 2018

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.

Course Duration: 1 day
Course Date : 7th April  2020, 7th October 2020
Course Cost: €480 (including documentation, lunch and refreshments)


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

 

 

Engineers Ireland CPD approved 2018

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

Course Duration: 1 day
Course Date : 5th May 2020, 15th October 2020
Course Cost: €480 (including documentation, lunch and refreshments)

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

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 includes documentation, lunch and refreshments

Course Duration: 1 day
Course Date : 28th June 2020
22nd September 2020
Course Cost: €480

Engineers Ireland CPD approved 2018

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

Course Duration: 1 day
Course Date : 4th March 2020,
16th September 2020
Course Cost: €480

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

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

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 is €480

Course Duration: 1 day
Course Date : 11th November 2020
Course Cost: €480

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 Dates : 24th March, 20th October 2020

Course Cost: €300
Course Location: NSAI National Metrology Laboratory, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

Course includes documentation, lunch and refreshments.

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.
(Price on application)

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


This course is provided on demand.
Course duration: 1 day
Course Fee: €500

Capacity: 9 delegates

This one-day training course is intended for those who generate or employ critical measurement data in their day-to-day activities. It will provide a thorough understanding of measurement uncertainty, which is the metric universally used to quantify the quality of the information obtained from any measurement process.

It will cover the basic concepts underlying measurement uncertainty, common sources of uncertainty, uncertainty budgets, statement of uncertainty and the impact of measurement uncertainty on statements of compliance.

While it will deal principally with uncertainties in calibration and physical measurements, it will also outline the approach to evaluating uncertainty in analytical science. It will not deal in any detail with the mathematical and statistical tools used for evaluating uncertainty. Those interested in the mechanics of uncertainty evaluation should consider joining NML training course CT002.

Course Content

  • Measurement and measurement errors
  • Measurement uncertainty as a quality metric
  • Interpretation of uncertainty statements
  • Overview of uncertainty evaluation method
  • Common sources of uncertainty
  • Examples of uncertainty budgets
  • Uncertainty evaluation for analytical measurements
  • Impact of measurement uncertainty on compliance statements

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

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

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

The training course is intended for those
professionals who are already familiar with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, but are looking to better understand the changes that have been made, and how they will affect
their organisation. It will give an awareness of the revised structure of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and its role as a framework for demonstrating competence.
The course is designed to provide participants with knowledge of key changes to the new standard and discuss the cross-over with ISO 9001 (the two Management System Routes), taking into account some important changes relating to risks and opportunities and clarification on the decision rules associated with uncertainty and tolerance.

Tutor: Tim Alcock is a consultant in the field of quality management/improvement. He specialises in the application of management systems in Testing and Calibration Laboratories in the areas of ISO/IEC 17025/17020 and ISO 15189.

Course Content

• Background to the changes to the  Standard
• Relationship with other standards (such as ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17020)
• Revised structure and format of the Standard
• Changes and additional requirements from the current 2005 version
• Discussion session on the implication of the key changes to laboratory management systems

Tuition will consist of classroom work and exercises
Course Duration: 1 day
Course Dates:: 23rd January 2020,
27th March 2020
Course Cost: €500
including documentation, lunch and refreshments