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IBEW-UA Instrumentation Calibration Certification – An Overview

Individuals wishing to participate in the IBEW-UA Instrumentation Calibration Certification Program must take both a Written Test (Part A) and a Practical Test (Part B) to meet the minimum requirements for this certifications. To be eligible to participate in this testing and evaluation process, individuals have 2 possible methods of prequalification.

The first method requires that individuals must have attended and completed an approved IBEW or UA instrumentation class. Programs that have existing instrumentation training programs other than that offered by the NJATC can have their curriculum reviewed by the NJATC to determine whether or not it meets the minimum requirements as set forth in this partnership between the IBEW and the UA.

The second prequalification method requires that the individual document five (5) years of instrumentation "Calibration" experience. All documentation must be submitted to the local sponsoring organization prior to the test session for review and approval.

Part A - The Written Test

Once prequalified, those seeking certification must sit for a written test. This open book, open note exam is comprised of 200 questions covering the various aspects of instrumentation, electrical and mechanical theory and instrument calibration. A 3½hour time period is allowed for completion of this exam. There is no "Grandfathering." All that are requesting to certify are required to take this test.

This test can be hosted at any NJATC-Approved location and is open to both members of the IBEW and UA. The test is proctored by an independent professional testing service acting as a representative of the NJATC. This independent proctoring process provides a level of independence between the IBEW and UA sponsors relative to the testing process.

Part B - The Practical Test

Once an individual has successfully completed the Written Test, he or she is eligible to take the Part B – Practical Test. This Practical Test is a hands-on proficiency test. Participants will be required to perform various calibrations on an assortment of different instruments using the test and calibration equipment provided.

This portion of the certification process is performed on a one-on-one basis by a IBEW-UA Certified Test Administrator. The Test Administrator will be observing and validating the process that the individual uses to ensure that the procedures are performed according to recognized industry standards. The Part B Exam is presently being administered at approximately ten locations scattered across the United States.

Any local JATC can become a certified test facility. JATCs and/or related parties interested in becoming a IBEW-UA Certified Part B Test Facility should contact the NJATC for details. A Manual of Guidelines in PDF format detailing the testing process is available for review. Download Manual of Guidelines

Part B - Test Format

This Part B Test contains two types of evaluation processes: Discussion (D) and Performance (P). Discussion steps are administered to the test participant simply by asking the test participant a question or series of questions. The goal of these Discussion questions is to evaluate the participants overall knowledge of various aspects of the field of instrument calibration.

The Performance portion of the Part B test is comprised of a series of calibrations. In this section of the Part B Test, the Test Administrator will instruct the test participant to perform a series of calibrations over a variety of instruments using the necessary tools and equipment as provided.

The various discussion questions, as well as the performance questions are all scripted so that individual test participants are all evaluated using a specific set of evaluation criteria covering the field of instrumentation calibration. By using a scripted test process, all test participants are evaluated using the exact same processes while evaluating the exact same topics.

The Part B Test is a pass/fail test. The calibration equipment and instrumentation listed below are provided for use by the test facility. You will be expected to select the appropriate test equipment from the test equipment provided when performing a calibration on the transmitters and field equipment during the exam. This exam is strictly an evaluation of calibration process and does not cover/evaluate the mounting or installation of the devices.  

Calibration Equipment
  • Transmation PneuCal IV – Process Calibrator
  • Fluke 700P06 - Pressure Module
  • Transcat 23232E - DC Power Supply
  • Fluke 744 or 754 – Process Calibrator
  • Fluke 87 – Digital Multimeter
  • Altek 334A - Milliamp Calibrator
  • Altek 820 - Tech Check Calibrator
  • Rosemount 275, 375, or 475 - Highway Addressable Remote Transmission (HART) Communicator
  • Transmation 6215P -  Pressure Pump Kit
Transmitters and Field Devices
  • Rosemount 1151 - Differential Pressure Transmitter (Smart and Analog)
  • Rosemount CD2A52A1A - Pressure Transmitter
  • Rosemount 846 - Current to Pressure (I/P) Transducer
  • Rosemount 3144P - Temperature Transmitter
  • ASCO HB20A214 or HB26A214 - Pressure Switch

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