Correspondence Courses (Self-Study)

For those who are unable to attend one of the Vibration Institute’s public courses, education and training through self-study is also available to help professionals expand their knowledge and skills and earn Continuing Education Credits. As of January 2015 it is required to complete a course to take a certification exam, the course work and workshops are helpful preparation for the exam, and ultimately prepare you to be a better analyst.

How it Works 

  • Upon purchase, the participant receives related self-study materials including textbooks, workshops and study plans.
  • Participants review the material provided, complete the workshops, and return the workshops to the Vibration Institute at periodic intervals for review and help with challenging problems.
  • Participants also can contact the Vibration Institute by email or phone for assistance and clarification of technical concepts.
  • Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate of Completion and Continuing Education Credits.
  • Certification Exams are not provided as part of correspondence courses; participants will have to identify opportunities to complete certification exams in conjunction with the Institute’s regularly scheduled public training courses.
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For additional information, please contact the Institute at (630) 654-2254 or information@vi-institute.org. Course pricing subject to change without notice.
 

Training through self-study is available for the following subjects:


Click Here to BuyIntroduction to Machinery Vibrations (IMV) Correspondence Course

                                              SI - Introduction to Machinery Vibrations (IMV) Correspondence Course
Skill Level: Beginners with < 2 years of experience
Certification Preparation: Vibration Analyst Category I
Overview: Condition monitoring and diagnostics cost effectively increase the availability and reliability of machines, which positively enhances productivity, profitability, and safety with less stress on personnel. Introduction to Machinery Vibrations is for the beginner in a predictive maintenance program.
Contents:

Chapter I:  Vibration Sources and Uses
Chapter II:  Basic Machinery Vibrations
Chapter III: Data Collection and Analysis
Chapter IV: Machine Characteristics
Chapter V: Vibration Testing
Chapter VI: Basic Analysis
Chapter VII: Vibration Severity
Chapter VIII: Additional Correction Monitoring Techniques

Estimated Time: Self-paced, but estimate 24 hours study of IMV text and 30 hours for workshop exercises.
Materials: Introduction to Machine Vibrations Short Course Notes
Introduction to Machine Vibrations Workshops - 122 questions with answers
(spiral bound)
Study Plan/step-by-step guide on completing the course
CEU’s Earned:
(Upon Completion)
3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); 3.2 points towards Recertification
Cost:
$500 (Discount available for VI members only)
Course pricing subject to change without notice.

 
 

Click Here to BuyBasic Machinery Vibrations (BMV) Correspondence Course

       SI - Basic Machinery Vibrations (BMV) Correspondence Course

 
Skill Level: 2+ years of experience and completion of IMV course
Certification Preparation: Vibration Analyst Category II
Overview: Prepares professionals for plant data collection and vibration analysis.
Contents:

Chapter I: Basic Machinery Vibrations
Chapter II: Data Acquisition
Chapter III: Data Processing
Chapter IV: Fault Diagnosis
Chapter V: Machine Condition Evaluation
Chapter VI: Machine Testing
Chapter VII: Periodic Monitoring
Chapter VIII: Basic Balancing of Rotating Machinery

Estimated Time: Self-paced; but estimate 24 hours study of BMV text and 30 hours for workshop exercises
Materials: Basic Machinery Vibrations book
Basic Machinery Vibrations Workshop - 100 questions with answers
(spiral bound)
Vibration Math Papers (spiral bound)
Study Plan/Step-by-step guide on completing the course
CEU’s:
(Upon completion)
3.8 Continuing Education Units (CEU's); 3.8 points towards Recertification
Cost:
$575 (Discount available for VI members only)
Course pricing subject to change without notice.
 

Click Here to BuyMachinery Vibration Analysis (MVA) Correspondence Course

Skill Level: 3+ years of experience for professionals who routinely use a single and dual Channel dedicated FFT analyzer and have taken the BMV course, BMV correspondence course or have a college degree
Certification Preparation: Vibration Analyst Category III
Overview: Prepares professionals for routine vibration analysis and condition evaluation.
Contents:

VOLUME I: DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES
Chapter 1: Theory and General Principles
Chapter 2: Data Acquisition
Chapter 3: Data Processing
Chapter 4: Time and Frequency Analysis
Chapter 5: Orbit and Phase Analysis
Chapter 6: Resonance and Critical Speed Testing
Chapter 7: Condition Evaluation
Chapter 8: Basic Dual Channel Testing
 
VOLUME II: ANALYSIS AND CORRECTION
Chapter 9: Vibration Control
Chapter 10: Balancing
Chapter 11: Rolling Element Bearings
Chapter 12: Operating Speed Including FF Bearings
Chapter 13: Centrifugal Machines
Chapter 14: Motors & Generators
Chapter 15: Gearboxes
Chapter 16: Rolls, Spindles and Presses

Estimated Time: Self-paced; but estimate 48 hours study of MVA text and 40 hours for workshop exercises
Materials: Machinery Vibration Analysis Short Course Notes
Machinery Vibration Analysis Workshop - 100 questions with answers
(spiral bound)
Vibration Math Papers (spiral bound)
Study Plan/ step-by-step guide on completing the course
CEU’s:
(Upon completion)
3.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); 3.8 points towards Recertification
Cost:
$650 (Discount available for VI members only)
Course pricing subject to change without notice.

 
 

Click Here to BuyRotor Dynamics and Modeling (RDM) Correspondence Course

 
Skill Level: 5+ years of experience for analysts who have mastered the single-channel FFT analyzer or data collector.
Certification Preparation: Vibration Analyst Category IV (partial prep)
Overview: Teaches additional analytical techniques possible with dual-channel FFT analysis. The course has segmented into 26 lessons. The assignments include a reading assignment in the notes and handouts, examples, and workshop questions.
Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Transient Vibrations
Chapter 3: Forced Harmonic Vibration
Chapter 4: Introduction to Rotor Dynamics
Chapter 5: Understanding Journal Bearings
Chapter 6: Rotor-Bearing Instabilities
Chapter 7: Machine Modeling
Chapter 8: Simple Calculation Methods
Chapter 9: Computer Calculation Methods
Chapter 10: Transient Testing
Chapter 11: Field Balancing of Rotating Machinery
Chapter 12: Balancing Turbomachinery
Chapter 13: Validation of Rotor-Dynamic Models Using Dynamic Testing
Chapter 14: Flexible Rotor Balancing
Chapter 15: Case Histories

Estimated Time: Self-paced; but estimate 64 hours study of RD&B text and 48 hours for workshop exercises
Materials: Rotor Dynamics and Balancing short course notes
Rotor Dynamics and Balancing Workshops - 50 questions with answers
(spiral bound)
Rotor dynamics computer program run on Windows
Directions for use of VIB disk
RIMAP CD Rom (Demo)- rotor dynamics program
Equation Sheets
CEU’s:
(Upon completion)
3.2 Continuing Education Units; 3.2 points towards Recertification
Cost:
$725 (Discount available for VI members only)
Course pricing subject to change without notice.

 

 

Click Here to BuyAdvanced Vibration Control (AVC) Correspondence Course

 
Skill Level: Engineers and technicians new to the area with 5+ years of experience in machine vibrations and a familiarity with machine hardware.
Certification Preparation: Vibration Analyst Category IV (partial prep)
Overview: Advanced Vibration Control is about controlling vibration using isolation, damping, design, and balancing. Provides insight into rotor-bearing dynamics; vibration control and computation; and balancing techniques, practices, and strategy.
Contents:

TOPICS:
Transient vibrations
Forced vibrations
Vibration control methods
Basic rotor-bearing dynamics
Balancing techniques
Balancing exercises
Balancing case histories
Simple engineering calculations
Basic rotor modeling and calculation

Materials: AVC class notes
AVC workshop containing problems and exercises
CEU’s:
(Upon completion)
3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs); 3.2 points towards Recertification
Cost:
$725 (Discount available for VI members only)
Course pricing subject to change without notice.

 

 

Click Here to BuyAdvanced Vibration Analysis (AVA) Correspondence Course

 
Skill Level: Engineers and technicians new to the area with 5+ years of experience in machine vibrations and a familiarity with machine hardware.
Certification Preparation: Vibration Analyst Category IV (partial prep)
Overview: The Advanced Vibration Analysis correspondence course study plan is divided into twenty-eight (28) lessons. The assignments include a reading assignment in the Short Course Notes and workshop questions. This course will assist in the preparation for the Vibration Institute Vibration Analyst Category IV Certification Examination.
Contents:

TOPICS:
Signal Processing
Fourier Transform
Signal Resolution
The Envelop Detector
Torsional Vibrations
Hilbert Transform
Time Series Averaging
Damping Calculation
Multichannel Analysis
Basic Modal Testing

Materials: AVC class notes
AVC workshop containing problems and exercises
CEU’s:
(Upon completion)
3.2 Continuing Education Units; 3.2 points towards Recertification
Cost:
$725 (Discount available for VI members only)
Course pricing subject to change without notice.