Introduction to Machinery Vibrations - CAT I

This course helps prepare attendees to perform a range of simple, single channel machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities. This course meets the 30-hour training requirement for preparation for the Category I vibration analyst certification exam per ISO 18436-2:2014.

Dec 8-11, 2020

San Diego, CA

Introduction to Machinery Vibrations


This course prepares registered students 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 18436-2:2014 Vibration Analyst Category I Certification Exam. Workshops and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the training course to reaffirm curricular theory and applications.


Course Materials

Course PowerPoint follow-along deck
Course 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 (3.2 CEUs)

Course Agenda

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 and times are subject to change. Please check the event date accordingly.

Registration Fees

$1,795 USD Nonmember ($1,700 VI Members)

$100 expidited materials fee for registrations received within 1 week of course starting

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

Vibration: definitions, sources, effects, uses, predictive maintenance, measurement concepts, equipment.

Workshop I: Vibration Demonstrations and Workshop Questions Introduction to Machinery Vibrations I Physics, units, properties, measurement conventions, motions, amplitude, frequencies, time, frequency, and orbital domains.

Workshop II: Definitions, Terminology, Measurements, Demonstrations Introduction to Machinery Vibrations II Measures, conversions, analysis, excitation, natural frequencies, resonance, and critical speeds.

Workshop III: Measure Analysis, Natural Frequencies, and Demonstrations Introduction to Data Collection Physical observations, sensors, frequency spans, measures, triggering, sensor mounting and location, instruments.

Workshop IV: Data Collection Demonstration and Workbook Questions. Introduction to Machine Knowledge Fault sources, frequencies, design and function of machines. Introduction to Vibration Testing Periodic and permanent monitoring, machine analysis (fault and condition), acceptance testing.

Workshop V: Vibration Testing Introduction to Spectrum Analysis Frequency identification and matching and procedures.

Workshop VI: Spectrum Analysis and Demonstrations Introduction to Common Machine Faults Mass unbalance, misalignment, looseness, bearing defects, and electrical defects.

Workshop VII: Fault Analysis Introduction to Vibration Severity Criteria, procedures, charts on housings, shafts, and bearings.

Workshop VIII: Vibration Severity Course Review Training Examination on Course Content (One hour) 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.