Correspondence Courses


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.

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How it Works


  • Upon purchase, the participant receives related self-study materials including a training manual and workbook.
  • Participants review the material provided, complete the workshops, and return the workshops to the Vibration Institute at the end of their studies. Completed Workbooks are reviewed by the Institute to assess the students understanding of the material.
  • 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 or through a Vibration Institute trained and approved proctor.

All rights reserved. The Vibration Institute material is copyrighted material. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the Vibration Institute, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law. For permission requests, please contact the institute at information@vi-institute.org, or write to the Institute “Attention: Permissions Coordinator” to 2625 Butterfield Road, Suite 128N, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Correspondence courses are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you wish to register for a Vibration Institute Advance Vibration Analysis Coursein the future, we will offer you a discounted price worth the cost of the material only (not the full correspondence course cost) and you will be required to bring the material with you to the course. Replacement material can be ordered for an additional cost.

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:

Introduction to Machinery Vibration (IMV) Correspondence Course


  • Skill Level

  • Certification Preparation

  • Overview

  • Contents

  • Training and Workshop

  • Estimated Time

  • Materials

  • CEU’s Earned

  • Cost

The IMV correspondence course is self-paced, but students typically spend 40 – 60 hours to study the training manual and complete the workbook questions. ALL work should be shown in the workbook, the correct answer to each question should be circled, and the workbook will be returned to the Vibration Institute for review and acceptance.

The workbook should not be copied. All answers and supporting work (calculations, and markups on FFT’s, Time Waveforms, Orbits, or Charts) should be shown in the workbook. Do not submit loose papers or any work outside the body of the workbook.

Basic Machinery Vibrations (BMV) Correspondence Course


  • Skill Level

  • Certification Preparation

  • Overview

  • Contents

  • Estimated Time

  • Materials

  • CEU’s Earned

  • Cost

The AVA correspondence course is self-paced, but students typically spend 80 – 120 hours to study the training manual and complete the workbook questions. ALL work should be shown in the workbook, the correct answer to each question should be completed, and the workbook will be returned to the Vibration Institute for review and acceptance.

The workbook should not be copied. All answers and supporting work (calculations, and markups on FFT’s, Time Waveforms, Orbits, or Charts) should be shown in the workbook. Do not submit loose papers or any work outside the body of the workbook.

Machinery Vibration Analysis (MVA) Correspondence Course


  • Skill Level

  • Certification Preparation

  • Overview

  • Contents

  • Estimated Time

  • Materials

  • CEU’s Earned

  • Cost

The MVA correspondence course is self-paced, but students typically spend 80 – 120 hours to study the training manual and complete the workbook questions. ALL work should be shown in the workbook, the correct answer to each question should be completed, and the workbook will be returned to the Vibration Institute for review and acceptance.

The workbook should not be copied. All answers and supporting work (calculations, and markups on FFT’s, Time Waveforms, Orbits, or Charts) should be shown in the workbook. Do not submit loose papers or any work outside the body of the workbook.

Advanced Vibration Control (AVC) Correspondence Course


  • Skill Level

  • Certification Preparation

  • Overview

  • Contents

  • ESTIMATED TIME

  • Materials

  • CEU’s Earned

  • Cost

Engineers and technicians new to the area with 5+ years of experience in machine vibrations and a familiarity with machine hardware.

Advanced Vibration Analysis (AVA) Correspondence Course


  • Skill Level

  • Certification Preparation

  • Overview

  • Contents

  • Estimated Time

  • Materials

  • CEU’s Earned

  • Cost

Engineers and technicians new to the area with 5+ years of experience in machine vibrations and a familiarity with machine hardware.