Online Training

ASTM International is pleased to offer a series of free one-hour online training courses for our 120+ MoU partners and members. Our goal is to respond to the capacity building needs of our partners, strengthen their knowledge of the ASTM standardization process and share best practices for communication and stakeholder engagement, marketing and promotion of standards, simple ways to adopt and reference standards and others. This work demonstrates ASTM’s commitment to the “development dimension” principle as defined by the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.

For more details on an upcoming session and to register, please click on the appropriate link(s) below. All sessions are scheduled for Eastern Time zone. Contact Maria Jiverage for more information.



WebEx Virtual Training Guide

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Activating the ASTM International MoU

This training shows how to initiate and activate a Memorandum of Understanding between ASTM international and a National Standards Body.

  • Overview ASTM International and its Global Cooperation department
  • Describe ASTM International’s commitment to World Trade Organization principles for standards development
  • Overview ASTM International’s MoU program, including benefits (such as training opportunities) and obligations
  • Describe ways in which ASTM International standards are adopted or referenced
  • Introduce ways of getting involved as a member in technical committees as well as resources for emerging professionals, students, and professors
  • Outline ASTM International’s licensing policy and digital rights’ management
  • Overview ASTM International products and services (including training, e-learning, proficiency testing, product certification, Compass, and more)

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


The U.S. Standards System and International Standards for Trade

This training focuses on how ASTM International plays an influential role in the U.S. standards development system and contributes to international standards used globally.

Objectives:

  • Describe ASTM International’s role in society and as a global organization
  • Review the U.S. standards system and ASTM International’s role as Standard Development Organization
  • Explain the U.S. government’s role in the U.S. standards system
  • Provide an overview on National Quality Infrastructure and its relationship with TBT and International trade
  • Explain the role and the benefits/impact of standards in trade facilitation

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Marketing and Promotion of Standards

This training overviews ASTM International’s marketing efforts for standards and other products and services. It also includes details of ASTM International’s marketing tactics.

Objectives:

  • Overview ASTM International’s marketing strategy and tactics
  • Help NSB’s understand how to market their products and services efficiently

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Membership and Stakeholder Engagement

This training focuses on the types of ASTM International membership. It also discusses how to engage various stakeholders in technical committee work.

Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of joining ASTM International
  • Outline the types of membership and benefits
  • Share ASTM International’s experience in targeted membership campaign
  • Describe how to effectively engage stakeholders in the standards development process and the critical role of international cooperation with stakeholders
  • Explain the benefits of improving the stakeholder involvement in standardization process
  • Explain the process of establishing consensus and decision making particularly in committee meeting deliberations

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Overview of ASTM Compass®

This training gives an overview of ASTM International’s Compass content platform. Compass launched in 2015 as an enhanced content platform.

Objectives:

  • Present the Compass platform and productivity tools
  • Overview of Compass' additional features and its benefits

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Social Media – Best Practices for Engagement

This training program outlines how to apply best practices in social media to help meet organizations’ objectives.

Objectives:

  • Overview social media landscape as it applies to the standards community
  • Compare major platforms including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Teach participants about content
  • Overview challenges to digital engagement

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Proficiency Testing Program Training

This training provides an overview of the ASTM International Proficiency Testing Program.

  • Overview the programming of PTP cycles, product sample volumes, international shipping, and payment logistics and the advantage of participating in PTP cycles
  • Present the ASTM International data portal and statistical reports
  • Teach how ASTM International adds new test methods to existing programs and the process followed to create new programs

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Simple Ways to Adopt and Reference ASTM Standards

This training program is an overview of the 6 ways to adopt and reference ASTM International standards.

Objectives:

  • Describe the ways ASTM International standards are used
  • Discuss the benefits of adopting and referencing ASTM International standards
  • Explain the additional uses of ASTM International standards for MoU partners

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


ASTM International Standardization Process

This training outlines the steps in the standardization process, including writing, revising, and balloting standards as well as approval and publication. The program also includes a brief overview of ASTM International’s electronic tools for standards development.

Objectives:

  • Explain the ASTM International standards development process
  • Give a brief review of work item registration and the three stages of balloting
  • Present ASTM International electronic standard development tools and the benefits of these tools post-COVID
  • Explain techniques to accelerate standards development

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


An Introduction to ASTM Standards Writing

This training focuses on how ASTM International standards are written, highlighting the key components that make standards a valuable and necessary tool for product quality and global trade. It highlights ASTM International’s role in developing specifications, test methods, and other standards. It also provides tips and techniques of standards writing in a participatory atmosphere.

Objectives:

  • Explain the six types of ASTM International standards and their major components
  • Demonstrate proper writing techniques for technical standards
  • Discuss legal aspects of technical standards

Click on the links below to sign up for the following upcoming training sessions:

Tuesday, August 28th, 9-10:00 pm EST


Public/Media Relations and Branding

This training is an introduction to ASTM International’s communication and branding efforts.

Objectives:

  • Describe how ASTM International engages with mainstream and industry media
  • Discuss content development strategies for print/digital magazines (e.g., Standardization News)
  • Give an overview of digital engagement tools (e.g., social media, video, e-newsletters)
  • Show how ASTM develops promotional materials

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Introduction to Precision and Bias

This training introduces the key concepts and benefits to having a Precision and Bias statement in a test method. The training is particularly helpful to those with responsibilities in the laboratory, including quality assurance and quality control specialists and managers.

Objectives:

  • Help test method users assess how useful the test method would be for proposed applications known as precision
  • Identify the difference between the mean of a large number of test results and an accepted reference value known as bias
  • Understand the difference between repeatability and reproducibility
  • Understand how to plan an Interlaboratory Study (ILS)

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


Online MoU Annual Report

This program will review the online MoU Annual Report system used to log and report all ASTM International standards-related activities as required in the MoU agreement.

Objectives:

  • Examine the MoU Annual Report reminder email
  • Review the online reporting system
  • Demonstrate how to log standards information into the report
  • Teach participants how to successfully submit the annual report

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


ASTM Academic Outreach Program

This training course focuses on how ASTM International creates awareness about standards for students and provides tools for professors to incorporate standards education into their curriculum.

Objectives:

  • Explain the role of ASTM Academic Outreach Program and its success to date.
  • Discuss ways that National Standards Bodies can educate students on importance of standards and engage professors and academia in the use of ASTM standards in their teaching curriculum.
  • Discuss how ASTM promotes standards education to professors & librarians and provides the tools to create a real-world teaching curriculum using ASTM standards.
  • Explain the benefits of ASTM student membership including Project Grants, Graduate Scholarships, etc.

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


MoU Member Onboarding and Engagement

This training course centers on welcoming experienced and brand-new MoU members. Attendees will learn about ASTM International and its MoU and Capacity Building flagship programs which were established over two decades ago. In addition, attendees will learn about ASTM’s Standard Development Process and how we help members to be effective. We will review online tools, expanded models of outreach, and international engagement available to connect you to ASTM's global network of experts and information.

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.


ASTM Lab Services Program: ASTM Insight SQC Software

This training course focuses on how to effectively use ASTM Insight SQC Software to improve the way organizations manage and control quality data through automation. Course content will demonstrate how the software automation simplifies quality control tasks like automated chart construction and automatic statistical calculations, automated flagging of warning violations and out of control violations, automatic email notifications of warning or out-of-control situations, automated control chart assessment processes and auto scheduling of QC runs and rechecks.

Objectives:

  • Understanding Automation with the Software: Illustrate how ASTM Insight SQC Software platform offers a comprehensive solution for automating quality control analytics, control chart creation/maintenance and audit preparation. Applying SQC techniques that comply with ASTM D6299 using ASTM Insight SQC software allows laboratories to successfully obtain and maintain accreditation for their laboratories.
  • Benefits of Online Automation: Demonstrate the value of utilizing an online software solution to automate processes like chart construction, initial and periodic assessments, flagging of warning or out of control violations and notifications.
  • Customizing for Better Program Control: Demonstrate how this software is highly configurable allowing configurable control strategies, dashboards for individual and multiple network laboratories, auto-scheduling of QC runs and auto creation of rechecks.
  • Creating Consistency within Your Organization: Maintain your organization’s master data, establishing SQC inventory, instrumentation, and the monitoring of analyst and instrument comparison charts using ASTM Insight SQC Software.

An upcoming training session will be scheduled shortly.