Classroom for Members

    ASTM International recognizes that understanding the consensus process is crucial for members who wish to participate in the development of technical standards. Below you will find a variety of materials that were developed to assist members. In addition, ASTM also offers trainings via the WebEx tool and encourages members to take advantage of whatever trainings/materials they need to effectively participate in their committee work. For specific questions related to your committee please contact your staff manager. For questions about the online trainings please contact Kristy Straiton.


    Member Training Materials


    Virtual Members Trainings


    Additional Information

    Suggestions for Modules

    Feedback from attending a session


    New Member Orientation & Training

    This module will provide new members with an arsenal of electronic tools that facilitate your participation at any place, at any time. These tools prepare you for meetings, keep you informed, provide technical contacts, and ultimately enable your input to the consensus process.

    One way our staff can welcome you into ASTM is to "show you around" the website. The PowerPoint below will walk you through these online tools to assist you from preparing for meetings, to voting on standards, to contacting colleagues. If you have any questions about New Member Orientation, please contact Kristy Straiton

    View New Member Orientation & Training Presentation (PDF - 1 MB)

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend October 15, 2019 – 2:00pm EST

    Register to attend November 19, 2019 – 2:00pm EST

    Register to attend January 23, 2020 – 1:30pm EST

    Register to attend February 13th at 11am EST

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    Balloting & Handling Negative Votes Training

    If the thought of navigating an ASTM International 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! If you have any questions about Balloting and Handling Negative votes, please contact Alyson Fick.

    Balloting and Handling Negatives.pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend October 29, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend November 21, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend January 14, 2020 – 2:00pm EST

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    WebEx Training

    This session provides members the opportunity to host WebEx meetings or web-based conference calls. These WebEx meetings combine teleconference capability with real-time document sharing through the web. These WebEx meetings may be used by ASTM Committees for task group meetings to develop draft revisions and new standards, officer/executive subcommittee meetings, training sessions and presentations, strategic planning meetings, etc.

    The PowerPoint will give you details on how the WebEx system works and assist in preparing you to host your own WebEx meeting. If you have have any questions about WebEx Training, please contact Kate Chalfin.

    View WebEx Training PDF (PDF - 4 MB)

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend October 30, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend November 20, 2019 – 2:00pm EST

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    Member Website Tools

    With ongoing improvements to the tools available to ASTM International 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. With so many online tools available, you will learn something new every time you participate in this session If you have any questions about ASTM Online Tools, please contact Krista Robbins.

    Member Website Tools.pdf

    View Training on Updated ASTM Collaboration Area (PDF)

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend November 13, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend December 5, 2019 – 2:00pm EST

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    Roster Maintenance Training

    One of the most important and challenging duties within an ASTM International 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 course, you will walk through the numerous functions of the web-based Roster Maintenance tool. In addition, trainers 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. If you have any questions about Roster Maintenance, please contact Kelly Paul.

    Roster Maintenance.pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend November 13, 2019 – 10:00am EST

    Register to attend December 5, 2019 – 1:00pm EST

    Register to attend January 8, 2019 – 1:00pm EST

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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 International'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 your ASTM editor and the standard's technical contact. If you have any questions about this training module, please contact Emilie Olcese.

    Process of Developing and Revising a Standard_8_22_19.pdf

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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 training 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 meeting, and handling negatives and comments. If you have any questions about Responsibilities for Task Group Chair & Technical Contacts, please contact Tom O'Toole.

    Task Group Chair and Technical Contact Responsibilities.pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend October 30, 2019 – 10:00am EST

    Register to attend December 6, 2019 – 1:00pm EST

    Register to attend January 10, 2020 – 11:00am EST

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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 tPlesips to conducting an effective meeting, preparing ballot items, delegating tasks, and managing subcommittee activities. If you have any questions about this training module, please contact Jimmy Farrell

    Sub Chair Responsibilities.pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend October 28, 2019 – 2:00pm EST

    Register to attend November 19, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend January 6, 2020 – 2:00pm EST

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    Interlaboratory Studies Program

    This workshop is designed to familiarize members with the ILS Program, its features, capabilities, and the online registration process. 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. If you have any questions about Interlaboratory Studies Program, please contact Phillip Godorov.

    ASTM ILS General Presentation Officer Training 2019 (002).pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend November 12, 2019 – 10:00am EST

    Register to attend January 14, 2020 – 2:00pm EST

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    Strategic Planning and New Activity Development

    ASTM International committees are designed to reflect the breadth of the industries they represent, with all stakeholder groups present. Due to the inherent complexity of many industries, it is imperative that committees retain focus in regard to their overall mission — strategic planning is a tool that can greatly assist a committee in accomplishing this goal. A comprehensive Strategic Planning philosophy reinforces a committee's strengths, maximizes potential resources.

    Strategic Planning & New Activity Development.pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend October 30, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend December 18, 2019 – 11:00am EST

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    Planning Symposia & Workshops

    ASTM International Symposia & Workshops provide an opportunity to exchange information, present research findings and identify critical areas in today’s emerging technologies. This module will cover the entire event planning process, including how to decide whether to hold a symposium or workshop, the proposal process, symposium and workshop chairmen’s responsibilities, tips for planning a successful event and then end with a quick overview of the publication process for a symposium.

    Planning Symposia & Workshops.pdf

    Click on the link below to register for an upcoming training session:

    Register to attend November 19, 2019 – 11:00am EST

    Register to attend January 14, 2020 – 2:30pm EST

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    Collaboration Area Training

    Take a tour of our new Collaboration area site. We explore how to navigate the latest and greatest updates of our collaboration area as a member or technical contact using the website tools.For more information, please contact Jimmy Farrell.

    Register to attend December 17, 2019 – 11:00am EST

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    If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Kristy Straiton at kstraiton@astm.org.