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5883 Southwest Assurance Program, SWAP

NIST Handbook 143, Program Handbook (2019) details the criteria used for OWM Laboratory Recognition.  NIST Handbook 143, Section 4 and Table 2 notes that annual attendance at the RMAP training session is required for ongoing laboratory Recognition.  Participation in OWM proficiency tests (PTs) requires completion of training requirements to the applicable levels for each procedure and requires attendance at the annual RMAP training sessions.
Note: Laboratories must bring a copy of their ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.

Learning Objectives:

See the detailed objectives that are provided for each module.  Overall, the learning objectives are developed to enable metrologists to implement best practices into their laboratory program and share concepts with others in their laboratory who are unable to attend the training.

Materials & Supplies:

Reference materials and Notebook will be available via Google Drive.  Instructions will be provided to registered participants, once their registration has been accepted (Registrations are accepted ‘after’ the registration deadline).


None required.


Not applicable.  


Not applicable.

Minimum Requirements

Successful completion requires full attendance and participation in group activities.  If any participants leave early, attendance certificates will be adjusted accordingly.  However, if these measurements are on the laboratory Scope, State lab participants are expected to stay for the full session.


**Regional Measurement Assurance Program "MEMBERS" (State and Industry RMAP member laboratories).


TWO registrations are required for each event (first with OWM and second with the local host).  

  1. The OWM Contacts System is used to generate attendee registration lists, name tags/tent cards, adequate training materials, and training certificates.  This registration list is shared with each host.  
  2. The registration fee for SWAP will be $150 (includes snacks, water and coffee on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and dinner on Wednesday, August 28th).  Payment is handled by SWAP Regional Coordinator Clay Ivey.  Please contact Clay at CIvey [at] (civey[at]nmda[dot]nmsu[dot]edu) or call  (575) 646-2760.


Elizabeth Koncki and Micheal Hicks
Phone: (301) 975-4859
Email: elizabeth.koncki [at] (elizabeth[dot]koncki[at]nist[dot]gov)

Technology Requirements

Participants need to bring applicable Quality Management System laboratory files (SOP related to PT, Environmental Conditions, Customer Complaints, etc) for hands-on activities and review of resources that will be used during training.  Electronic files with a laptop are suggested for easier searching. Users must be able to access USB drives on their laptops or have ability to install the Box application onto laptop for accessing shared files.


Tiffany Brigner
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Phone: (303) 869-9230
Email: tiffany.brigner [at] (tiffany[dot]brigner[at]state[dot]co[dot]us)

Fairfield Inn & Suites Boulder Broomfield/Interlocken 
Residence Inn Boulder Broomfield/Interlocken
[two hotels under the same roof, both have the same rate and amenities

455 Zang Street
Broomfield, CO 80021
Phone:  (303) 466-7020 or (303) 466-7007
Booking Link

Group:  SWAP 2024
Group Rate:  $174 /night  
Rate is good for August 26 to 30, 2024
Book by:  July 26, 2024 to get group rate

No airport shuttle
Hotel does have free parking, breakfast and wifi

Created July 20, 2023, Updated May 3, 2024