NVLAP periodically conducts training workshops for assessors with the objectives of ensuring that 1) NVLAP assessors are kept informed of the latest developments in laboratory accreditation and evolving procedures and requirements, 2) assessors have an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other, 3) NVLAP is in compliance with international standards for accreditation bodies, and 4) NVLAP employs a harmonized approach to accreditation requirements and assessor practices. NVLAP's assessor training program is consistent with the guidelines found in ILAC-G11:07/2006, ILAC Guidelines on Qualifications and Competence of Assessors and Technical Experts, and ILAC-G3:08/2012, Guidelines for Training Courses for Assessors Used by Laboratory Accreditation Bodies.
NVLAP may also deliver assessor training through other methods such as teleconferences, webinars, small group sessions, self-study, and one-on-one interactions with assessors.
NVLAP's training course content includes the following topics:
- Introduction to NVLAP
- Accreditation procedures and requirements
- Selected management system topics
- Traceability and uncertainty of measurements
- Assessment process
- Reporting assessment results
- Proficiency testing
- Assessment techniques and skills
- Working for NVLAP.
Training syllabus and self-declaration
An assessor candidate must complete the training requirements listed in the NVLAP Assessor Training Syllabus. Click here to download the syllabus, which provides the list of required training topics, links to training resources, and a place for an assessor candidate to indicate that a topic has been reviewed. When all topics have been reviewed, the candidate signs and dates the self-declaration and emails the syllabus to NVLAP@nist.gov.
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