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5458: NIST Handbook 133 - Chapter 4: Packages Labeled by Count, Linear Measure, Area, Thickness, and Combinations of Quantities

This 4 day seminar will focus on the NIST Handbook 133 Chapter 4 compliance requirements and test procedures for packages and products labeled by count, length, width, area and thickness. The class will include formal lecture, discussion, group exercises, audio-visual presentations, and extensive hands-on practice.

Learning Objectives:

After this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • IDENTIFY the equipment and materials needed to verify quantity declarations on packages sold by count, length, width, area, and thickness;
  • DETERMINE which packaged commodities may be tested using the test procedure packages sold by count, length, width, area, and thickness;
  • EVALUATE the variety of products and DETERMINE the correct measurement techniques and equipment.
  • IDENTIFY ways to reduce testing errors.
  • APPLY accurate count and measurements using a variety of testing equipment (e.g., steel tapes & rules, deadweight dial micrometer, gage blocks, binding straps, spring scale).
  • RECOGNIZE special testing requirements for packages labeled by linear or square.
  • APPLY accurate volumetric determinations with dry measures and a variety of linear measuring devices.

Materials & Supplies:

Participants will be provided with a notebook and class materials.


Students must have successfully completed a NIST taught NIST Handbook 133 - Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods -Basic course in 2011 or later.


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Minimum Requirement(s):

To receive a Certificate of Successful Completion, 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 the learning objectives of this course.


State Weights and Measures officials only.


There are no registration fees for this class. However, participants are responsible for their own transportation, lodging and meal expenses.


David Sefcik,
Office of Weights and Measures,
Phone: (301) 975 - 4868
Email: david.sefcik [at] (david[dot]sefcik[at]nist[dot]gov)

Technology Requirement(s):

You MUST bring a calculator. There will be no use of computers.


NIST / Office of Weights and Measures
California Division of Measurement Standards

Created August 5, 2016, Updated October 14, 2016