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5492: 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 EPO 12. 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:

  • Correctly APPLY requirements and procedures outlined in NIST EPO 12
  • UNDERSTAND and CONDUCT official examinations (inspection and tests) using all appropriate NIST Handbook 44 requirements and requirements from the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) on livestock and animal scales
  • INTERPRET scale test results

Materials & Supplies:

A course manual and class materials will be provided.


Participants must have completed the NIST Handbook-44 Self Study course found at Legal Devices - Training Materials web page.


Not applicable

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.


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


There is a $40 registration fee. Please make your payment when checking in for class upon arrival. Cash is preferred. Credit cards will not be accepted. This registration fee does not cover travel, lodging and meal expenses.

Created February 15, 2017, Updated March 9, 2017