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5810 Fundamentals of Metrology - Overview Workshop

This series of webinars on fundamental measurement concepts are presented as applicable for any field of metrology:  Who’s Who in Metrology and Accreditation, SI Basis for Measurements, Essential Elements of Traceability, Method Validation (Documented Procedures), Technical Competence (Proficiency Testing), Calibration Intervals, Measurement Assurance, Measurement Uncertainty, Calibration Certificates and Evaluations, Supplier Evaluation, and Assessing Traceability.  Several sections will integrate risk management philosophies and approaches.

NoticeThis is a 16-hour course, with no hands-on measurement applications, and while similar to in some modules, it is not in alignment with, successful completion of the full NIST OWM Fundamentals of Metrology seminar. This course does not meet follow-on course prerequisites of the full seminar to qualify for participation in the NIST Mass Metrology Seminar or Volume Seminar. The course may be used as a preparatory course for the full Fundamentals of Metrology seminar. See additional information below regarding the intended Audience.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • IDENTIFY and use reference materials to ensure quality, accurate, and traceable measurement results;
  • EXPLAIN highlights and key concepts of each topic to each other and to managers;
  • DEMONSTRATE how these topics fit in to a management system using ISO/IEC 17025:2017 as the basis; and
  • USE several simple tools, job aids, and references to improve laboratory operations and ensure accurate and traceable measurement results and uncertainties; and
  • Each module has unique contributing learning objectives to the overall course objectives.

Materials and Supplies

None.  Materials and handouts provided prior to and during the session.  Participants must have access to online Adobe Connect seminar room and ability to download files from Google Drive and upload files to dedicated Box accounts for workshop materials.




Participants must submit 4 documents that will be integrated in evaluation activities:

  1. an example of a calibration certificate from their own laboratory (redacted if needed),
  2. a calibration certificate from a supplier/vendor,
  3. the laboratory Scope for the participant’s laboratory, and
  4. the laboratory Scope from the supplier/vendor of the certificate brought as item 2. 

Instructions regarding submission of files will be provided in confirmation notices. .

Pre-work Deadline

May 17, 2022



Minimum Requirements for Successful Completion

100 % participation in all sessions; 100 % participation in all on-line session activities. Activities and quizzes are integrated into each module with 100 % participation expected for successful completion.  No specific homework is assigned outside of the pre-work to be submitted prior to the course starting event.  Files completed DURING the sessions for which time is allocated must be uploaded to demonstrate completion of the assigned tasks within 2 days of course completion.


This series of webinars is applicable for participants new to metrology, new to metrology management, as a refresher of fundamental concepts with a high level view, or for anyone responsible for providing on-the-job training to new metrologists to help identify key concepts and prepare someone new to metrology for a successful career.


The registration fee for this class is $995.00.  Payment instructions will be included in the confirmation materials and will be due by May 10, 2022.  Registration fees for State weights and measures regulatory officials and metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.  As noted: This course is NOT applicable for full time metrology staff except as preliminary support as a preparatory course.  It may NOT be substituted for the full Fundamentals of Metrology seminar. 


Isabel Chavez Baucom, Georgia Harris, Michael Hicks, Elizabeth Koncki, Mark Ruefenacht
Benj Fitzpatrick, Van Hyder, Kate Smetana,
Email: g.harris [at] (g[dot]harris[at]nist[dot]gov)

Technology Requirements

The webinar will be a live stream, so participants must have a constant connection during the webinar (hard-wired is preferred).
1. Operating System (browser) configurations:

  • Windows
    • Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or later, Windows Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome
    • For HTML Client - Google Chrome (v70.0 & above), Mozilla Firefox (v65.0 & above), and Edge (v42.0 & above)
  • Mac OS
    • Mac OS X 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14
    • Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome
    • For HTML Client - Google Chrome (v70.0 & above), Apple Safari (v12.0 & above), and  Mozilla Firefox (v65.0 & above)
  • Linux
    • Ubuntu 16.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
    • No application support is available for Linux. Users on Linux can attend meetings in a browser.
    • Google Chrome, Adobe Flash Player 23.0

2. Mobile

  • The Adobe Connect app for iOS and Android requires Adobe Connect Server version 8.2 or later
  • Google Android 4.4 or later
  • Apple iOS: iOS 8.1.2 or later
  • Some features may not be enabled in all Adobe Connect meetings if one is using an Adobe Connect Server older than version 9.4.2 (required for Custom pods)
    • NOTE:  OWM discourages using the Adobe Connect app for iOS and Android because engaging with highly technical content and interactive polls are challenging on a small screen.

3. Media players

  • In order to access the event, you must have, at a minimum, Adobe® Flash® Player 13 or higher installed on your computer. Please visit to download the Flash Player.

4. Optional: If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

* Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat and Adobe Connect are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Recording Notice
This meeting will be recorded for training purposes only. The recording link will be shared with participants and access will have an associated password. This recording could be released to the public through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Do not discuss or visually present any sensitive material or personal information that you do not want distributed. All participants must  ensure that no inappropriate material or any minors are contained within the background of any recording.

We will use system audio with headsets, microphones, speakers (unless we have audio problems) and will only have call-in options if audio problems are identified.

Participants will need to log in to the provided links to test their system prior to the event.


NIST Office of Weights and Measures

Created March 4, 2022, Updated May 5, 2022