ACCREDITATION – What it Means to You!

 
What is Accreditation:
The Vibration Institute is an Accredited Certifying Body for Vibration Analysts. Accreditation means that the Vibration Institute has been audited by an independent Accrediting Body and has been found to meet the requirements of International Standard, ISO/IEC 17024, “Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons”. The Vibration Institute is accredited by ANSI, American National Standards Institute, who is internationally recognized and meets the highest standards for accrediting organizations. Additionally, ANSI is the official United States member of the International Standards Institute(ISO).

Why is Accreditation Important to you?
Value. Trust. Assurance. You are ensured of getting a high-quality product that is accredited to meet the standards for vibration analyst training. Anyone can offer a test and say it meets the standards for ISO 18436 vibration analyst certification. The Vibration Institute’s word is backed up because our program is audited regularly by ANSI to make sure it does. Furthermore, through ANSI’s accreditation process, the Vibration Institute is constantly following continuous improvement processes to maintain and improve the quality and relevance of its programs.
 
US Department of Defense and ANSI accreditation:
The Vibration Institute meets the US Department of Defense requirements for vibration analyst certification. ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation program under ISO/IEC 17024 meets the requirements of the National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law on November 25, 2015. This legislation mandates that any credentialing program used by members of the armed forces be accredited by an accreditation body that meets enumerated quality criteria. ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation program meets these criteria, as the program operates in compliance with ISO/IEC 17011, and applies ISO/IEC 17024.
 
The Vibration Institute provides globally recognized Certification of Persons to Category I, Category II, Category III, and Category IV vibration analysts in accordance with ISO 18436-1 and ISO 18436-2 throughout the world. We have been an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited certifying body since 2010 and continue to meet the highest standards of certification. ANSI is only one of three accrediting organizations, and the only one for vibration analysts, that have achieved signatory level for a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for the certification of persons.

The following is from PAC-EXEC-009, “. . . accreditation body members of the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) who have successfully completed the rigorous peer evaluation requirements to become eligible for mutual recognition under the PAC Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). It goes on to say, “Under the terms of this arrangement, every conformity assessment body accredited by any one of these PAC MLA signatories is to be recognizes as equally reliable or equivalent to any other conformity assessment body accredited by another of the PAC MLA signatories within the scope of PAC MLA actively”.

It should be noted that JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand) who is a member of PAC is not a signatory of the MLA. It should also be noted that the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) who is not a member of PAC, is not a signatory but may become one when the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) publishes their MLA, possibly in 2018.

Accepting Other Organizations Certifications as a Pre-Requisite:
Mobius Institute: Even though JAS-ANZ is not a signatory of the PAC-MLA for ISO/IEC 17024, the Vibration Institute will accept Mobius certifications as a pre-requisite for sitting for VI vibration analyst exam because Mobius Institute is accredited by an independent accreditation body (JAS-ANZ) that accredits conformity assessment bodies.
 
BINDT: The Vibration Institute will accept BINDT (The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing certifications as a pre-requisite for sitting for VI vibration analyst exam because BINDT is accredited by an independent accreditation body (UKAS) that accredits conformity assessment bodies.

Technical Associates: Technical Associates is not accredited by an independent accreditation body for ISO 17024, and therefore the Vibration Institute cannot accept TA certifications as a pre-requisite.

Emerson: Emerson is not accredited by an independent accreditation body for ISO 17024, and therefore the Vibration Institute cannot accept TA certifications as a pre-requisite.

Special Note: The Vibration Institute however, will waive the exam fee for a Category II level person with a TA, Emerson, or other non-accredited certification if they wish to advance their career with VI certification.

REFERENCES
International Standards Organization (ISO)
According the International Standards Organization, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards.  ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 164 countries, one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.  ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors.
 
ISO/IEC 17024:  Conformity assessment — General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. Specifies requirements for a body certifying persons against specific requirements, including the development and maintenance of a certification scheme for personnel.
 
ISO/IEC 17011: Specifies general requirements for accreditation bodies assessing and accrediting conformity assessment bodies (CABs). It is also appropriate as a requirements document for the peer evaluation process for mutual recognition arrangements between accreditation bodies.
 
ISO 18436: Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines — Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel:
 
ISO 18436-1:  Requirements for certifying bodies and the certification process
Defines the requirements for bodies operating certification systems for personnel who perform machinery condition monitoring, identify machine faults, and recommend corrective action. Procedures for the certification of condition monitoring and diagnostic personnel are specified.
 
ISO 18436-2:  Vibration condition monitoring and diagnostics
Specifies the general requirements for vibration analysis personnel who perform machinery condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines. Certification to this standard will provide recognition of the qualifications and competence of individuals to perform machinery vibration measurements and analysis using portable and permanently installed sensors and equipment.
 
ISO 18436-3  Requirements for training bodies and the training process
Defines the requirements for bodies operating training programs for personnel who perform machinery condition monitoring, identify machine faults, and recommend corrective action. Procedures for training of condition monitoring and diagnostic personnel are specified.
International Accreditation Forum (IAF)

According to the IAF, http://www.iaf.nu/, “The IAF is the world association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment in the fields of management systems, products, services, personnel and other similar programs of conformity assessment. Its primary function is to develop a single worldwide program of conformity assessment which reduces risk for business and its customers by assuring them that accredited certificates may be relied upon. Accreditation assures users of the competence and impartiality of the body accredited.”

Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC)
According to the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation, The PAC operates within the framework of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and in cooperation with other regional groups of accreditation bodies around the world.

IAF is an association of Conformity Assessment Accreditation Bodies and other bodies interested in conformity assessment which exists primarily to facilitate world trade by working to remove technical barriers that may flow from demands for certification and/or registration of management systems, products and like processes.

PAC MLA
PAC Members operate a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). Signatories of a PAC MLA are recognized by their other members of the PAC for meeting the standards of accreditation/certification scopes.