Training Offered by Government Agencies

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Standards Services
NIST's Standards Services Division conducts training programs for the public sector on standards, conformity assessment and trade. NIST offers half-day, one-day, two-day and executive-level courses that introduce participants to the role that documentary standards and conformity assessment play in the U.S. and global marketplace and in the development and management of regulations. Topics may include:

  • Fundamentals of standards and conformity assessment in the United States;
  • How standards and the assessment of conformity to standards can support your agency's regulatory goals;
  • Resources (people, publications and databases) you can tap to stay informed of the evolving standards and regulatory landscape; and
  • How trade agreements can advance your agency's mission.

These courses are available free-of-charge to federal, state and local government entities. For more details or to inquire about scheduling a training event, please contact

Defense Acquisition University
DOD offers several courses on the development and application of specifications and standards, as well as several related subjects. Non-DoD people may attend these classes on a space available basis. These courses are available free-of-charge to both defense personnel and to individuals from the private sector and other government agencies.

Department of Transportation - Intelligent Transportation Systems Standards Training
DOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office Professional Capacity Building Program is offering free online ITS standards training modules on how to evaluate, procure, and implement standards-based ITS devices and systems. The 18-module series is for practitioners in state and local highway agencies and transit agencies. Consultants, system designers and integrators, and system testers will also find the training informative.

OSHA Office of Training and Education
Search the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Course Catalog for safety standards training. Online registration is available. Courses are open to public and private sector trainees.

Training Offered by Standards Developing Organizations

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI offers standards-related training programs for both newcomers and veterans alike. Also see, a portal to online standards and conformity assessment education sponsored by ANSI.

ASTM International
ASTM's Technical and Professional Training Courses are continuing technical education programs for industry and government. ASTM International Campus also has an introduction to the world of standards developed for students including several learning modules which provide a quick overview of standards and the standardization process.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Offers a free online training course on how the Web is standardized.

American Society for Quality (ASQ)
Offers training in quality-related standards. ASQ's e-Learning Center offers Web-based courses on a variety of quality topics, including standards.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
Offer a comprehensive curriculum on topics related to NSF product standards, quality and environmental management systems implementation and maintenance, and food safety.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE)
IEEE offers series of presentations designed to give standards developers the most up-to-date information on the IEEE Standards process and how it works.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)

This ASHRAE site provides training for participants in the standards development process. This training is available for individual self training purposes.

Society for Standards Professionals (SES) - A Guide to Standards
SES offers an introductory course covering the development and use of industry standards, the role of conformity assessment systems, and the importance of standards to global trade. The course helps those new to the world of standards to gain an understanding of the basics and provides a refresher for any standards professional. It covers essential information such as what are standards and why are they used, the various types of standards, the standards development process, locating and obtaining standards, and strategic standardization. The course is aimed at corporate management, engineers, government and public administration staff, standards developing organization staff and volunteers, consumers, and faculty and students.

Underwriters Laboratories
Underwriters Laboratories provides a variety of training resources including workshops and online courses.

Training Offered by Colleges/Universities

Reports from Center for Global Standards Analysis
The Center was formed for the purpose of creating global standardization education programs for university graduate students, associations, corporations, government departments and agencies; and for conducting research programs related to global standardization. After completing its mission, the Center was dissolved in November 2010.


List of publications available through NIST

Measuring Benefits from the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act

Commissioned by NIST, this report describes an economic methodology designed to measure benefits that agencies can achieve by transitioning from agency-specific standards to voluntary consensus standards. The report also contains results from pre-tests conducted with selected agencies, interview guides for collecting data, and recommendations.

Report on the Use of Voluntary Standards in Support of Regulation in the United States

This report was prepared in 2009 for the US-EU High-Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum. It outlines the U.S. legal and institutional framework regarding the use of standards in support of regulation.

Created November 16, 2012, Updated August 25, 2016