VAI provides several formal training courses at our Technical Training and Conference Center. We are located in a very quiet and rustic area in southwest Utah, right in the heart of some of the most scenic canyon country the US has to offer.  We are located about three (3) hours north of Las Vegas and just west of Zion National Park’s “Kolob Canyon” area. For best results, we recommend students fly into either St. George or Cedar City, UT., and then drive to our location (about 30 minutes).  Students can also fly to Las Vegas (to see the sights after training) and make a scenic 3-hour drive to our location.

VAI offers the following vibration training courses at our location:

  • ISO Category I Vibration Certification Training
  • ISO Category II Vibration Certification Training
  • ISO Category III Vibration Certification Training
  • Vibration Database Software Training
  • Vibration Data Collector Training
  • Single Plane Balancing

For more information about any course or to discuss scheduling formal training at your location, call us at 815-742-1793 and speak with an ISO Cat. IV Analyst.

Available Courses


Vibration Analysts Inc. is approved and authorized to provide ISO Category I, II and III certification training courses. To schedule any of these courses on-site, call us at 815-742-1793.

“BEST VALUE” Training:

We also offer a five (5) day combined Category I & II certification course. This is a very fast-paced course and is packed with technical information. But it is meant for students who do NOT plan to take the ISO exam because too much material is covered and the students would not be able to pass an exam. This course provides a solid training foundation and the training manual will serve as an excellent reference manual for many years.

Category I Training Topics:

Principles of Vibrations
  • Basic motion
  • Period, frequency, amplitude
  • Measurement parameters
  • Units, unit conversions
  • Plots of time & frequency
  • Natural frequency, resonance, critical speeds
Data Acquisition
  • Instrumentation
  • Transducers – type, location, mounting
  • Test procedures
  • Using a computer database
  • Recognizing poor data
Signal Processing
  • FFT application
Condition Monitoring
  • Fault condition monitoring
  • General fault recognition
Basic Maintenance Actions
Equipment Knowledge
Acceptance Testing Procedures 


Category II Training Topics:
Basic Vibration
  • Basic time waveform
  • Period, frequency (CPM, Hz, orders), phase
  • Frequencies (natural, forcing)
  • Amplitude (peak, derived peak, rms)
  • Resonance and critical speeds
  • Measures and conversion (displacement, velocity, acceleration)
  • Vibratory forces
Data Acquisition
  • Selecting a measure
  • Frequency spans/response
  • Transducers (mounting location, units)
  • Proximity probe conventions
  • Pitfalls of data acquisition
  • Senses and safety
  • Principles of data collection
Data Processing
  • Averaging
  • Data acquisition time
  • Dynamic range
  • Determination of resolution
  • Lines of resolution, window selection, FMAX triggering
Fault Analysis
  • Timing mark
  • Calculation of frequencies (gear, bearing, vane-pass)
  • Basic spectrum analysis
  • Fault analysis (mass unbalance, misalignment, looseness; gearbox, motor, fan and pump faults; rolling element bearings)
Condition Evaluation
  • Severity measures and charts/chart applications
Machine Testing
  • Impact testing (force, application, sensor location, data)
  • Acceptance testing (test plans, sensor selection and location)
  • Periodic monitoring (frequency spans, frequency of measurement, trending, routes)
  • Basic balancing principles (heavy/high spot, trial weight selection/size)
Category III Training Topics:
  • Concept of modes
  • Phase determination
  • Modulation/sidebands/beats
Data Processing
  • Calibration/scaling
  • Synchronous time averaging/overlap averaging
  • Waterfall (cascade) plots/Bode plots/polar diagrams
  • Determination of dynamic range
  • Use of logs on meters and amplifiers
Equipment Knowledge
  • Impact testing
  • Start-up/coast-down testing
  • Ratio of casing to rotor weight
Fault Analysis
  • Phase analysis/time waveform/spectrum analysis
  • Orbital analysis (rules on loops)
  • Faults (operating speed, gears, rolling element bearings, motors,
    fluid-film bearings, centrifugal pumps and compressors, turbines,machine tools, presses, rolls, blowers, fans, oil whirl and whip)
Condition Evaluation
  • Severity charts (seismic/shaft/bearing)
  • Overall and filtered measures
Monitoring Programs
  • Equipment evaluation and categorization
  • Route planning
  • Continuous monitoring (test and operational equipment)
Acceptance Testing
  • Specifications
  • Measurement techniques
  • Test planning
Corrective Action
  • Vibration control (balancing, alignment)
  • Detuning (mass, stiffness)
  • Basic concepts of isolation and damping


We will also provide the following training courses at your facility:

Basic 2130 Data Collector Training Topics:
Safety First
Proper Data Collection Techniques
  • Machine inspections
  • Machine verifications
Minimizing data collection errors
  • Ski slope
  • Looseness
  • Sensor mounting limitations
  • Sensor settings
Component design considerations
  • Outboard motor end-bells
  • Overhung Impellers
General Overview of the CSI 2130
  • Basic Meter Operations
  • Connections
  • Function Keys
  • Meter Accessories
  • Cables
  • Probes
  • Adapters
  • Magnets and their limitations
  • Battery charger and reconditioning
Initial Meter Preparation
  • Setting the Default Units
Loading Routes/Downloading Data
Route Data Collection
Copy/Move/Delete Data and Routes
Screen Printing Data
Loading Firmware
Data Display Options
Route User Options


Advanced Data Collector Training Topics:
Frequency Response Function “Bump” Testing
Collecting High Resolution Data – On Route
Collecting High Resolution Data – Off Route
Monitoring Spectral Data
Monitoring Overall Levels
Monitoring Waveform Data
Collecting Cross Channel Phase Data
Monitoring Peak Hold Data
Monitoring Peak and Phase Data
Collecting ODS Data
Component Balancing Training:
Safety First
Balancing Equipment
Reasons for Unbalance
Types of Unbalance
Terms and Definitions
Checking for Unbalance
What can go Wrong
Equipment Setup and Typical Data Collection
Single Plane Balancing
Dual Plan Balancing
Class Workshops
Intermediate Balancing Topics
Advanced Balancing Topics


Vibration Analysts, Inc. has finalized the design plans for our new training facility that will be located two hours north of Las Vegas. Plans have been submitted to the contractors and we are awaiting their bids.

Our new training facility will be built in the beautiful valley of New Harmony, Utah, midway between the majestic Pine Valley Mountains to the west and Zion National Park to the east. (The photo at the lower left below shows the view from the construction site.)

Our facility will include state-of-the-art training aids, a wide variety of rotating components and lodging will be available for those who wish to enjoy the local scenery.

For more information, contact Vibration Analysts, Inc.

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