Officers' Training Workshop 2016

    The 2016 Officers' Training Workshop will be held September 20-21, 2016 at ASTM Headquarters. The training is intended primarily for committee officers, subcommittee chairmen, technical contacts or others in leadership positions who are aspiring to become officers.

    VALUE! Success in today’s fast-moving business and technical fields relies more than ever on constantly acquiring new skills and knowledge. ASTM International membership not only puts you on the cutting edge of global standards development, it also offers one of the richest professional development and learning environments you’ll find anywhere.

    Registration is now open! If you have questions about the upcoming workshop, please contact Ashley Wiand.


    Training Sessions

    *Exclusive to Officers' Training Workshop


    Balloting & Handling Negative Votes

    If the thought of navigating an ASTM standard successfully through the balloting process seems overwhelming to you, then sign up here. This session will teach members how to effectively move documents from a subcommittee ballot through main committee and Society Review. A review of the role of COS (Committee on Standards) is also included, with a special focus on the procedural handling of negative votes throughout the balloting process. Learn to get positive results from negative votes!

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    Task Group Chair & Technical Contact Responsibilities

    Recently taken on the role of a task group leader or technical contact in your committee? This module will provide an overview of the duties and responsibilities of task group leaders and technical contacts, as well as help you navigate the ASTM systems and various tools available to assist with your standards development work. Some applications that will be introduced are registration of a work item, organizing a collaboration area, submitting items for ballot, scheduling a virtual meeting, and handling negatives and comments.

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    Robert's Rules

    This session is geared towards Subcommittee and Main Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, who plan to lead ASTM meetings. Get an overview of parliamentary procedures as they relate to ASTM meetings, and run through a sample meeting from the call to order to adjournment in order to better understand the procedures. This training should help to answer any basic questions you have on how to use Robert’s Rules during an ASTM meeting.

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    Subcommittee Chairman's Duties and Responsibilities

    The role of a subcommittee chairman involves many titles, such as leader, communicator, administrator, and organizer. This module provides tips to conducting an effective meeting, preparing ballot items, delegating tasks, and managing subcommittee activities. Whether you are an existing ASTM Subcommittee Chairman, or are considering taking on this position within your committee, this session is a great way to better understand the responsibilities of this important role.

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    Main Committee Officers' Duties and Responsibilities

    The goal of this session is to identify key duties and responsibilities of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Membership Secretary, and Secretary in order to strengthen the leadership skills necessary for a productive committee. If you currently are or soon will be a main committee officer, this session will educate you on what to expect in your role on the Main Committee.

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    Member Website Tools

    With ongoing improvements to the tools available to ASTM members online, this course is always a great refresher. This module is designed to demonstrate the vast array of tools on the ASTM website that facilitate worldwide participation in the ASTM standard development process. The module will provide information on viewing ballots, utilizing online negative ballot resolution, registering work items, submitting ballot items, accessing collaboration areas, submitting minutes and agendas, and downloading materials for ASTM meetings, along with many more helpful functions of the website.

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    Roster Maintenance Training

    One of the most important and challenging duties within an ASTM Committee is that of the Membership Secretary. This training module assists officers in classifying new members, granting official voting status, and maintaining balance on your committee and subcommittee rosters. During the sessions, you will walk through the numerous functions of the web-based roster maintenance tool. In addition, staff will demonstrate how to access new membership applications, as well as how to create membership reports for your upcoming meeting. This training will be most helpful for Main Committee and Subcommittee Membership Secretaries, and Subcommittee Chairmen.

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    Process of Developing & Revising a Standard

    During this joint Technical Committee Operations and Editorial module, the development and publication process for both new and revised standards will be reviewed. The module will explain how standard ideas are introduced, drafted, and publicized and will walk through ASTM’s electronic tools and time-tested techniques for accelerating the development of your standard. Included in the workshop will be a brief review of work item registration, the three stages of balloting, and an explanation of the key roles of the ASTM editor and the technical contact.

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    Interlaboratory Studies Program (ILS)

    This workshop is designed to familiarize members with the ILS Program, its features, capabilities, and the online registration process. The ILS program assists committees in developing a quality precision statement for ASTM test methods. Accessed via the Members Only pages of the ASTM Website, you will be guided through a complete ILS registration, highlighting the information that will be requested in the process. This program will benefit anyone planning to run an Interlaboratory study to generate a precision statement for an existing or new ASTM test method.

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    This session, led by ASTM General Counsel Tom O’Brien, discusses many of the legal considerations that members and the organization face as part of the standards development process. Some highlights include a discussion on antitrust issues, intellectual property, copyright, and patents.

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