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.
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
|Category I||23 Points||Beginning January 2017|
|Category II||26 Points||Beginning January 2017|
|Category III||29 Points||Beginning January 2017|
|Category IV||32 Points||Beginning January 2017|
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.
Contact the Institute for specific information about re-certification.
To download a copy of the current Application for Re-Certification, be sure to open thein Adobe Reader to utilize the fillable PDF.
Please note: applications for renewal may not be submitted more than six months prior to your certification expiration date.
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 2080 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
Up to 25% of points in Documented Technical Training points may be earned by self-study.
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:
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
- 0.1 point per hour for VI Chapter and committee meetings.
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
Renewal Credit Definitions:
Training – Credits for training are awarded for attending formal classes from recognized organizations. Credits are not awarded for working with a Certified Vibration Analyst that is providing ongoing mentoring to you. Time spent taking certification exams does not qualify for credit, however, time spent on training exams and reviews that are part of a class does qualify. If you claim credit for a non-recognized class, you must present evidence of the class, including, a syllabus, samples of class materials, number of hours of instruction time, the timeframe over which it was provided (e.g., 24 hours of instruction over 3-days), and proof of attendance and completion. Up to 25% of points in Documented Technical Training points may be earned by self-study.
Teaching Classes – Credits for teaching classes are awarded for teaching formal classes by recognized organizations only. Credits are not awarded for informal sessions, classes, or ongoing mentoring. If you claim teaching credit and it is not for a recognized organization and a published course, you must present evidence of the class, including, a syllabus, samples of class materials, number of hours of instruction time, the timeframe over which it was provided (e.g., 24 hours of instruction over 3-days), and the number of class attendees.
Technical Meetings and Conferences – Points are awarded for attendance at recognized industry technical meetings and conferences. If you attend a company or other non-recognized meeting or conference, you must submit an agenda of topics and presentations for the event, indicate what you attended or participated in, and provide proof of attendance.
Teleconferences and Online Meetings – Teleconferences do not qualify for credit, however, if the conference was held via WebEx, GoToMeeting or other similar online meeting program where technical presentations may be viewed interactively, it may be considered. To apply for credit for an online meeting, you must submit an agenda of topics and presentations for the event, indicate what you attended or participated in, and provide proof of attendance.
Correspondence Courses – Credits for successfully completing formal correspondence courses from recognized organizations can be claimed. The number of points that can be claimed is generally equal to the number of CEU’s awarded for the course.