This on-line certification exam preparation course lasts approximately 24 hours. Machine Lubricant Analyst Level I (MLA I®) compliant with ISO 18436-4, targets in-plant technicians responsible for the daily activities associated with lubrication tasks and basic lubricant analysis for machine condition monitoring, including, oil changes, top-ups, greasing bearings, lubricant receiving and proper storage and care of lubricants; dispensing devices and basic oil sampling, contamination control and problem detection.
The following is the course outline for MLA I®:
- Maintenance Strategies
- Lubrication Theory/Fundamentals
- Lubricant Selection
- Lubricant Application
- Lube Storage and Management
- Lube Condition Control
- Oil Sampling
- Lubricant health monitoring
- Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis
Education and/or Experience – Candidates must have at least 12 months experience in the field of lubricant-analysis-based machinery condition monitoring (based on 16 hours minimum per month of experience).
Training – Candidate must have received 24 hours of documented formal training as outlined in the Body of Knowledge of the MLA I. For online or recorded training, exercises, lab tasks, practice exams, and review exercises may be included in the training time total but shall not exceed four hours of the required course time. Candidate shall be able to provide a record of this training to ICML that shall include the candidate’s name, the name and signature of the instructor, the dates of the training, and the number of hours spent in the training.
Note: ICML does not require, recommend, endorse or authorize any specific training course as official or approved. It is the responsibility of each candidate to research the training options available in his/her area and make a decision as to the training provider of his/her choice. ICML recommends the outline of the course of choice be compared to the exam’s Body of Knowledge. It is in the person’s best interest and their responsibility as an ICML candidate to ensure they are being trained in the same subject areas in which they will be tested. ICML’s Bodies of Knowledge are of public domain and can be utilized by companies in the development of courses, as well as by any prospective candidate for evaluating the appropriateness of chosen training.
Examination – Each candidate must successfully pass a 100 question, multiple-choice examination that evaluates the candidate’s knowledge of the topic. Candidates have three hours to complete the closed-book examination. A score of 70% is required to pass the examination and achieve certification. Contact ICML about the availability of the exam in other languages.
Recertification is required every 3 years. To recertify individuals must accumulate 15 recertification points over the three-year period and submit a completed application to ICML. Points may be claimed using the following criteria:
Training: 1 point per day, 10 point maximum. Requires proof of attendance (certificate, badge or letter from training company in its letterhead) and a copy of the course outline. Training topics related to oil analysis, lubrication, or other topics important to effective equipment maintenance and management will be accepted.
Employment: 4 points per year, 12 point maximum. Requires a letter from employer, in company letterhead, with title of signer shown. Employment must be in a field related to industrial lubrication and/or oil analysis.
Article Publication: 2 points per article, 6 points maximum. Requires a copy of the article and table of contents of the book, proceedings, magazine, or journal in which it was published. Article Publication – Articles published in journals, magazines, books, or proceedings should be related to a topic within the body of knowledge for oil analysis, lubrication or equipment maintenance or management.
Conference Attendance: 1 point per conference day, 6 points maximum. Requires proof of attendance (certificate, badge, or letter from conference organizer in its letterhead) and copy of program. Conference topics related to oil analysis, lubrication, or other topics important to effective equipment maintenance and management will be accepted.
All points must be earned during the time the certification is in effect. Points earned before or after the certification period will not be accepted. Points may be applied to multiple ICML certifications held by the individual, assuming that the points are applicable and approved for each individual re-certification. If a candidate’s only source of re-certification points is employment, the extra 3 points required may be earned via participation in employment-related best practices activities, as per each criterion.
Cost of Recertification
Recertification in U.S. and Canada is US $135 for each three-year period. Please contact ICML to confirm the cost in your country.