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Retail Motor-Fuel Dispensers and Consoles (Short Course)

This seminar will teach students how to properly inspect and test Retail Motor-Fuel Dispensers (RMFDs); that is, perform an official examination by properly applying all applicable NIST Handbook 44 requirements. The sessions will include formal lecture, class discussion, group exercises, audio-visual presentations, and some hands-on practice.

Learning Objectives:

After the completion of this course, using your references and notes, you will be able to:

  • Describe the requirements specified in NIST Handbook 44 for RMFDs;
  • Describe the components of an inspection of an RMFD;
  • List three types of tolerances used when testing RMFDs.
  • Apply the correct applicable tolerance to an RMFD under test;
  • Describe how to select the proper size test draft for an RMFD test;
  • List two requirements for product storage identification;
  • Name three items that will increase your safety when testing RMFDs;
  • Identify three key reasons why report forms are important;
  • List five items of basic equipment used when testing RMFDs;
  • Describe the proper procedures for reading and draining test measures and provers;
  • List and describe the minimum tests and examination procedures to be performed when testing an RMFD;
  • List the three categories of liquid-measuring devices and describe the sealing requirements for each;
  • List the two types of metrological parameters that must be sealed.
  • Describe the tasks that must be completed following the inspection and testing of an RMFD.

Materials & Supplies:

Notebooks and class materials will be provided.


Participants must have completed the NIST Handbook-44 Self Study course found at:





Minimum Requirement(s):

Students must be in attendance for the entire class and actively participate in all in-class activities. You will be assessed on your application of all learning objectives for this course.


This seminar is by invitation only.


There is a registration fee of $130 for this seminar, which will be collected by the host organization, the Central Weights and Measures Association


Tina Butcher, Michael McGoff, and Josh Nelson Scott Simmons
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 2196
E-mail: tina.butcher [at] (tina[dot]butcher[at]nist[dot]gov)


NIST Office of Weights and Measures
Central Weights and Measures Association
South Dakota Weights and Measures
Kansas Department of Agriculture/Division of Weights & Measures

Class No.: 5404

CEUs Offered: 2.4

Class size Min/Max: 20/25

Event Training Hours:
Monday, May 23, 2016: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 26: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Created March 31, 2016, Updated May 13, 2016