To All Certified Vibration Analysts:
The Vibration Institute is accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to ISO/IEC 17024:2012 as a Certifying Body. As such, we are deemed a third party certifying body, as defined in ISO Standards, and are authorized to issue Certificates for Vibration Analyst classifications. Our certification program follows all of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012, ISO 18436-1:2012, and ISO 18436-2:2014. See References below.
ISO 18436-1, clause 10.1 “Validity of recognition” states “the period of validity shall not exceed 5 years”. This means that a certificate or certification is only valid for five years from the date it is issued. If you are certified as a vibration analyst in any category, you must become recertified every five years, either via renewal or reexamination, or your certification will become invalid. This is a dictated Standards policy that the Vibration Institute is committed to honoring.
ISO/IEC 17024:2012, clause 9.6.2 states, “The certification body shall ensure during the recertification process that it confirms continued competence of the certified person . . .” and further, clause 9.6.4 states, “The selected recertification activity/activities shall be adequate to ensure that there is impartial assessment to confirm the continuing competence of the certified person.” This means that recertification requires a standardized method of verifying continued competency at the certified category. Thus, certification renewal cannot be based on continued satisfactory work experience alone; there must be other qualifying factors. This is a dictated Standards policy that the Vibration Institute is committed to honoring.
The Vibration Institute supports two methods of recertification: renewal by points and renewal by reexamination.
Renewal (application form and points): To renew by points, a candidate must have a supervisor, or other qualified individual, attest to continued satisfactory work experience without significant interruption (see ISO 18436-1:2012, clause 3.6) and must also show documented evidence of qualifying professional development, (ISO/IEC 17024:2012, clause 9.6.4 b). In order to qualify for renewal by points through work experience, you must supply documented evidence of qualifying professional development in one of the following forms: formal technical training, attendance and/or technical presentations at industry recognized technical meetings and conferences, and/or published technical papers in industry recognized publications.
Reexamination (sitting for/taking an exam):A candidate may, at any time, apply to take an exam for recertification. If you have not met the requirements for renewal by points, this is your only option for recertification.
The Vibration Institute highly recommend that you periodically download the latest Renewal Application (www.vi-institute.org/recertification) that contains detailed information and instructions on the requirements for renewal by points. Additionally, VI recommends that you plan ahead, participate in the required professional development, and keep detailed records so you have the necessary documentation readily available when you send in your application.
If you understand the requirements and plan ahead, you should be able to qualify for renewal by points. If you have any questions, please contact the Vibration Institute headquarters.
Technical Director of Certification
- ISO/IEC 17024:2012 Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons
- ISO 18436-1:2012 Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines – Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel – Part 1: Requirements for assessment bodies and the assessment process
- ISO 18436-2:2014 Condition monitoring and diagnostics of machines – Requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel – Part 2: Vibration condition monitoring and diagnostics