Certification as a Vibration Analyst is valid for five years from the date of current certification level. After five years, and in compliance with ISO 18436: Part I, certified Vibration Analysts are required to recertify.
Recertification at the current level of certification can be achieved in one of two ways:
• Renewal – provide evidence of continuing education experience, training and/or technical activity. Points for renewal can be earned for vibration-related activities including work experience, professional development, attending industry, association or Chapter meetings, and vibration-related presentations and publshed articles.
• Re-examination – You may take the certification exam at the level you are currently certified. This requires scheduling and examination and securing a proctor per established Vibration Institute protocol.
Vibration Analysts are certified on the basis of ability to function at a specified level. The motivation for re-certification is to ensure that the Vibration Analyst maintains the capability to function at the level certified.
Points toward re-certification can be earned in various ways. The Vibration Institute Certification Committee has approved renewal requirements in Table 1 as follows:
Table 1 - Renewal Requirements and Points
Beginning January 2011
Beginning January 2011
Beginning January 2013
Beginning January 2014
Published articles are counted as points toward re-certification. Vibrations magazine will prepare your case history for publication. You will receive three points toward re-certification and a free one-year certification fee, which includes membership in Vibration Institute and a subscription to Vibrations magazine. Contact the Institute for specific information about re-certification.
To download a copy of the current Application for Re-Certification please click here.
Points are earned by performing vibration-related* work. The rates at which points are earned are shown below. The percentage of time engaged in vibration-related* work is based on a standard 2200 hour work year with a maximum of 20 points allowed per re-certification period.
0% 0 points
>10% 1 point
>20% 2 points
>40% 3 points
>60% 4 points
Note: Renewal requires the certificant to engage in vibration-related* work without any significant interruption. At least one experience point in each certification year is required. For more details, please contact the Institute.
Points can be earned by attending or teaching a course. Points for the same class are only granted once per year and the same class in additional years will only earn 50% of stated rates. Points are earned as follows with a maximum of 16 points allowed per re-certification period:
• 0.1 point per contact hour
• 3.2 points, four-day course
• 4.0 points, five-day course
Meeting & Conference Attendance:
Points are earned for attending meeting and conferences and may be earned for similar events without rate reduction. Points are earned at the following rates with a maximum of 16 points per re-certification period:
• 0.1 point per hour for VI Chapter and committee meetings. Maximum of 3 points/year
• 3.0 points for VI Annual Meeting, CMVA, MFPT, or ASME conference. Maximum 6 points/year
• 0.5 points per day for other committees, meetings, and conferences. Maximum 6 points/year
Presentations and Publications:
Points are earned for original, documented vibration-related technical presentations and for original, published vibration-related articles in a recognized technical publication available for public distribution. Points for the same presentation or article are only granted once per five year certification period. Points are earned as follows with a maximum of 16 points allowed per re-certification period:
• 2.0 points per technical presentation
• 3.0 points per published article