Vibration Institute

Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I


Credential: Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I
Credentialing Agency: Vibration Institute

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Vibration Institute, Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I is an entry-level credential for professionals who adjust machinery. The Certified Balancing Specialist credential validates an individual's knowledge of the basics of balancing, vibration testing and analysis, and balancing techniques. Individuals seeking certification as a Balancing Specialist are required to understand basic shop and field balancing concepts, and be able to perform vibration analysis, conduct single-plane balancing, calculate balance sensitivity and phase lag, and evaluate balance results against ISO balancing standards. Applicants are required to meet experience and training requirements and must pass an exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 12 months recommended
  • Education
  • Training: 32 hours of related training is recommended
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Vibration Institute

2625 Butterfield Road
Suite 128N
Oak Brook, Il  60523

Phone: (630) 654-2254

Fax: (630) 654-2271
Email: information@vi-institute.org

The Vibration Institute recommends that applicants have a secondary school education.

The Vibration Institute recommends that applicants have 12 months of related experience.

The Vibration Institute recommends that applicants have 32 hours of training that includes basic shop and field balancing concepts, performing vibration analysis, conducting single-plane balancing, calculating balance sensitivity and phase lag, and evaluating balance results against ISO balancing standards.

Written Exam

  • Basic Balancing
    • Mechanism of Balancing
    • Causes of Mass Unbalance
    • Definitions
    • Terminology
    • Force of Mass Unbalance
    • Pre-balancing Checks Measurements
    • Run Out Subtraction
    • Critical Speed
    • Simple Vector Method
    • Trial Weight Selection
    • Natural Frequencies and Modes
    • Phase Relationships
    • Phase Measurement
    • Balancing Pitfalls
  • Vibration Testing and Analysis
    • Period, Frequency, Amplitude, Phase
    • Harmonic/Periodic Motion
    • Vibration Measures
    • Analysis
    • Resonance, Critical Speeds
      • Misalignment
      • Bent Shaft
      • Flow Noise
      • Defective Bearings
      • Excessive Clearance
      • Looseness
      • Electrical Faults
    • Transient Testing
      • Bode Plot
      • Polar Plot
    • Critical Speed Testing
    • Lag Angle Testing
  • Balancing Techniques
    • Single-plane Vector Method (one-shot Method)
    • Balance Sensitivity and Phase Lag Calculation
    • Four Run Method
    • Weight Splitting and Consolidation
    • Two Plane Method
  • Balance Limits
    • Vibration (Seismic, Shaft)
    • ISO 1940, ANSI S2.19
    • API
  • Field Balancing
    • Fans
    • Motors
    • Turbine-Generators
    • Rolls
  • Shop Balancing
    • Techniques
    • Balancing Machines
  • Safety
    • Lock-out
    • Trial Weight Size
    • Trial Weight Attachment
    • Trial Weight Location
    • Equipment and Clothing

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Balancing Specialist - Category I credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification as a Balancing Specialist - Category I  is valid for five (5) years from the date of current certification level. After five years, certified Balancing Specialists are required to recertify. Recertification requires earning CEUs or taking the Balancing Specialist exam.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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Early Career

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Low

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Medium

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