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Livestock and Animal Scales

This 3 day seminar will teach students how to properly inspect and test livestock and animal scales, i.e., perform an official examination by properly applying all applicable NIST Handbook 44 requirements, which are outlined in NIST combined EPOs 12/12E. The sessions will include formal lecture, class discussion, group exercises, audio-visual presentations, and some hands-on practice.

Learning Objectives:

After this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • APPLY appropriate requirements and procedures outlined in NIST combined EPOs 12/12E
  • UNDERSTAND and CONDUCT official examinations (inspection and tests) on livestock and animal scales

Technology Requirement(s):

Students may elect to bring a calculator for basic arithmetic calculations.

Materials & Supplies:

Notebooks and class materials will be provided.


There are no prerequisites for this class.

Minimum Requirement(s):

Students must be in attendance for the entire class, participate in all group activities that are planned, and achieve a score of 70 percent or higher on a final exam, which will be administered on the last day of the class. Students who do not fulfill these requirements will not receive a certificate of completion.


By Invitation Only. State weights and measures field officials, local enforcement officials, and service agents.


There is no registration fee for this training seminar. However, participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


John Barton,
Office of Weights and Measures,
(301) 975 - 4002
E-mail: John.Barton [at] (John[dot]Barton[at]nist[dot]gov)


NIST Office of Weights and Measures
Pennsylvania Association of Weights and Measures

Class No. 5286

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 16, 2014

Created May 2, 2014, Updated May 13, 2016