Virtual Officers' Training Workshop 2017

    The 2017 Virtual Officers' Training Workshop will be held September 18-21, 2017. All meetings will be held online using WebEx virtual meetings. The training is intended primarily for Committee Officers, Subcommittee Chairmen, Technical Contacts or others in leadership positions who are aspiring to become officers. These trainings will provide you with valuable information that will enable you to efficiently manage your ASTM responsibilities.

    Individual Registration will be required for these trainings and will open in June 2017.

    If you have questions about the upcoming workshop, please contact Katerina Koperna.

    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 ASTM International processes and the various systems 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 of Order

    Need to facilitate a contentious meeting? This session is geared towards Subcommittee and Main Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, who plan to lead ASTM International 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 of Order 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, it’s 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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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 International 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 training 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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    Public Policy and Stakeholder Outreach

    ASTM International’s Washington office will discuss public policies in place to support the public-private partnership supporting Federal agencies use of voluntary consensus standards and outreach efforts to engage trade associations, business groups, and other stakeholders to raise awareness of ASTM standards.  The office supports ASTM’s mission and business strategies, including: the removal of barriers to the worldwide acceptance and use of ASTM standards; and using standards based on merit to facilitate commerce.

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    Strategic Planning & New Activity Development

    ASTM International committees 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 and 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, maximizing potential resources. This module will provide some tips and tools for strategic planning techniques within your committees.

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    SEI Certification

    Learn more about the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), a subsidiary of ASTM International, which operates an independent, third-party certification program for a wide range of safety and protective products. Over 2,500 certified product models are made by about 150 manufacturers from all over the world. SEI’s programs are built on the use of high-quality technical standards from ASTM International and other standards organizations, and involve product testing and on-site quality audits at manufacturing plants.

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    Technical and Professional Training (TPT)

    Learn about the Technical and Professional Training Courses which offer continuing education on the practical application of standards that most impact your industry.

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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.

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