Vibration Institute

Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I


Credential: Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I  ANAB (ANSI) resource
Credentialing Agency: Vibration Institute

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Vibration Institute, Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I is an entry-level credential for professionals who specialize in machine and equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, and engineering. Vibration Analysts certified at the first level perform a range of single channel machinery vibration condition monitoring and diagnostic activities. This activity may include acquiring data on predetermined routes, testing machinery for predefined procedures, and reading comparisons alert settings. Applicants for the Category I Certified Vibration Analyst certification must meet training and experience requirements and are also required to pass an exam.

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

Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 6 months
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • 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

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

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.

Applicants for the Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I must provide evidence of at least 6 months of experience in the field of machinery condition monitoring, diagnostics, and electrical and mechanical technologies.

Applicants for the Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I must provide evidence of meeting the Vibration Institute training criteria as follows:

  • Provided by a training body that conforms to the requirements of ISO 18436-3
  • Based on the Body of Knowledge for each category (these are vibration principles, data acquisition, signal processing, condition monitoring, fault analysis, corrective action, equipment knowledge, and acceptance testing)
  • Included formal lectures, demonstrations, trainer-specified practical exercises, and/or distance controlled self-study
  • Met or exceeded 30 hours.
Details about required training can be found in the Vibration Analyst Certification Handbook.

The Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I credential has the following other requirements:

  • The Vibration Institute requires that applicants and those certified adhere to the Code of Ethics.

Written Exam

  • Vibration Principles
    • Basic motion
    • Period, Frequency
    • Amplitude (Peak, Peak-to-Peak, RMS)
    • Measurements (Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration)
    • Units, Unit Conversions
    • Time Orbital and Frequency Domains
    • Phase Natural Frequency, Resonance, Critical Speeds
    • Shaft and Casing Vibration
  • Data Acquisition
    • Instrumentation (and acquire readings)
    • Transducers
    • Sensor Mounting, Mounted Natural Frequency
    • Test Procedures
    • Computer Database Upload/Download
    • Recognition of Poor Data
    • Vibration System Calibration
  • Signal Processing
    • FFT Application
  • Condition Monitoring
    • Vibration Severity
    • Recognition of Baseline Variations
  • Fault Analysis
    • Basic Spectrum Analysis
    • Spectral Harmonics and Sidebands
  • Acceptance Testing
    • Test Procedures
  • Equipment Testing and Diagnostics
    • Process Safety
  • Fault Severity Determination
    • Levels (Overall, Narrowband, Component)
  • Field Balancing
    • Single-plane

Exam Preparation Resources

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

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning 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.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Vibration Institute testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certification as a Vibration Analyst - Category I  is valid for five (5) years from the date of current certification level. After five years, certified Vibration Analysts are required to recertify. Recertification requires earning 23 CEUs or taking the associated Vibration Analyst exam.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. 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).

Additional considerations for the Certified Vibration Analyst - Category I include:

  • Applicants may skip the Vibration Institute Category I examination, certification, and formal training requirement for Category I only, and apply directly for Category II if applicants meet any one of the following criteria:
    • Hold any 4-year degree from a college or university;
    • Hold any 2-year technical degree from a college or university;
    • Have 3 or more years of experience in vibration analysis; or,
    • Hold an active vibration analyst recognition (certificate) at any Category from any reputable training organization.

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