Basic Machinery Vibration - CAT II

This course helps prepare attendees to perform basic machinery vibration analysis on industrial machinery using single-channel measurements, with or without trigger signals, according to established and recognized procedures. It is recommended for individuals as an introduction to machinery vibrations and as partial preparation for the ISO/IEC 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category II Certification Exam.

Feb 11-15, 2019

Tempe, AZ

Aug 12-16, 2019

Rochester, NY

April 22-26, 2019

Houston, TX

Oct 14-18, 2019

New Orleans, LA

June 3-7, 2019

Oak Brook, IL

Dec 2-6, 2019

Austin, TX

Basic Machine Vibrations


This course prepares attendees to perform a range of simple, single channel machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities. It is recommended for individuals as an introduction to machinery vibrations and as partial preparation for the ISO/IEC 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category II Certification Exam. Workshops and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the training course to reaffirm curricular theory and applications.


Course Materials

Course PowerPoint follow-along deck
Basic Machinery Vibrations textbook (class notes)
Workbook containing examples, workshop problems and the Body of Knowledge found in ISO 18436-2 Annex A
Training course examination study guide
Calculator and a ruler
Certificate of completion

Course Agenda

Monday Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Cat I exam – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Dates & Times Subject to Change, Please Check the Event Date

Registration Fees

$1,975 USD Nonmember ($1,880 VI Members)
$100 expidited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting.

Dates & Locations

Oak Brook, IL
June 18-22, 2018

New Orleans, LA
July 16-20, 2018

San Antonio, TX
September 24-28, 2018

Indianapolis, IN
November 5-9, 2018

Basic Machinery Vibration Correspondence Course

For those who are unable to attend a course in person, this program is also available through through self-study for either continuing education or for exam course requirement credit. Read more.

Course Content

Introduction to Rotor Dynamics
Rotor types, natural frequencies, modes, critical speeds, mass unbalance response, whirling, rotor bow, gyroscopic effects, torque, support stiffness asymmetry, rotor stiffness asymmetry, cracked rotor, instabilities, oil whirl/whip, aerodynamic cross coupling.

Transient and Forced Vibrations as Related to Rotor Dynamics

Workshop I: Rotor Dynamics
API RP 684 Review
Understanding Journal Bearings
Lubrication basics, bearing dynamics and design.

Workshop II: Journal Bearings
Rotor/Bearing Instabilities
Oil whirl/oil whip, aerodynamic cross-coupling, hysteresis, rubs and parametric instability.

Rotor/Bearing Modeling
Modeling techniques, discrete mass/stiffness models, distributed parameter models, rolling element and fluid-film bearing stiffness and damping, mass allocation, computer program interface, and examples.

Workshop III: Modeling Lab
Simple Engineering Calculations
Stiffness, mass, influence coefficients, natural frequency formulas, and examples.

Workshop IV: Natural Frequency and Unbalance Response

Workshop V: Modeling and Computation

Rotor-Dynamic Model Validation
Transient tests, two-channel tests, and applications.

Advanced Vibration Analysis and Advanced Vibration Control Review

Course Review

Training Examination on Course Content (3 hours)

Training Examination Review

Get Certified

Certification Exams are offered:

  1. The day AFTER VI training courses 
  2. Anytime at VI offices
  3. At a USA location near you with a pre-approved VI proctor
  4. Through our International Representatives


  1. Register for a course and exam
  2. Register for just the exam (if you already have the training requirement, or are getting training elsewhere)
  3. Find a USA proctor by contacting us
  4. Contact an International Representative in your country

The cancellation of and transfer to a training course within the same calendar year will be honored, provided that written notification is received by the Institute office via e-mail or mail no later than ten (10) business days before the first day of the scheduled course. If registration for a training course is cancelled without transfer to another course within the same calendar year, a $250 cancellation fee will be assessed. A $500 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations received less than ten (10) days from the start date of the registered training course. Additional cancellation fees will be applied for exam cancellations. Absentees for the course will not receive a refund. Please contact the Vibration Institute staff directly regarding discounts for multiple registrations from the same organization.