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Coordinate Metrology Society Offers Level-Two Certification for Laser Tracker Users

Preparatory course and additional assessment sites expand Level-One certification opportunities

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 15:15

(CMS: Weatherford, TX) -- The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), the membership association for measurement professionals, will make available a new CMS Level-Two Certification program for users of laser trackers at its upcoming 2016 conference.

This is the industry’s first hands-on performance examination for portable laser tracking systems used for large-scale, in-place measurement of aircraft, automobiles, ships, power-generation systems, and more. The device-specific assessment will be conducted by CMS-authorized proctors at CMSC 2016, which will be held July 25–29, 2016, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Applicants for CMS Level-Two Certifications must have a Level-One certification and two years of experience (minimum 400 hours) using a laser tracker, and submit an application with two references who can confirm the applicant’s hands-on expertise.

Level-One certification examinations and performance assessments for the Level-Two certification for Articulating Arms will also be conducted at CMSC 2016. All candidates must complete the application process and qualify to take either examination. Level-One certification applicants must meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics, and pass a peer review. All candidates are urged to start the application process in early 2016; qualifying candidates will be notified within the specified process time.

“The rollout of the CMS Level-Two Certification program for laser trackers at this year's CMSC is an important step for the organization and users of the technology,” says Randy Gruver, chair of the CMS Certification Committee. “Many advanced manufacturing companies utilize portable laser trackers for dimensional control over their large assemblies and parts. This certification adds a new step in the career ladder of metrologists who seek to verify their knowledge and ability to perform accurate measurements, and gives employers a high level of confidence in their quality workforce.”

New certification handbook and additional assessment sites for level-one certification exams
certification program guidelines, fees, and assessment sites can be found in the comprehensive “Certification Handbook,” now available online for download. The Level-One certification is an online, proctored exam covering foundational theory and practice common to most portable 3D Metrology devices. The examination can be taken during the CMSC or scheduled throughout the year at an authorized CMS Assessment Facility in the United States and Canada, as outlined in the Certification handbook.

Training and preparatory course for level-one certification
The CMS also announces a new preparatory course for its CMS Level-One Certification that is produced and provided by ECM—Global Measurement Solutions (East Coast Metrology, Boston, Massachusetts area) in cooperation with the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL). The course is designed to assist and inform applicants of the topics covered by the examination. The CMS is the issuing body for the certification, and has approved ECM as a certified proctor site. The two and a half-day preparatory course reviews the five key knowledge areas covered in the assessment, and is conducted by a metrology expert in a structured classroom setting with formal presentations, a workbook, and study materials. The course can be taken at ECM or conducted on-site at the customer’s location. Candidates also have the option to take the examination on the third day of the course.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)—presenter of the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC)—is comprised of users, service providers, and OEMs of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The metrology systems represented at the annual CMSC include articulated-arm CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry and videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS, and laser projection systems. The CMS gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.