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USNC/IEC Constituent Training Resources

The USNC/IEC has made a commitment to provide education and training resources for its members in order to increase the effectiveness of U.S. stakeholders in their standards activities and participation.

Overview

These training modules provide resources that help standards and conformity assessment professionals within the electrotechnical industry effectively navigate the myriad processes and procedures of international standards development programs, primarily as these are related to work in the U.S. National Committee and in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). These programs do not include technical training or courses on specific standards.

Target Audience

Corporate standards personnel, members, officers and administrators of international standards committees, subject matter experts/technical experts and accredited delegates to international meetings, USNC-approved U.S. TAG members, Technical Advisors, officers and administrators.

Copyright Notice

NOTE: The training modules shown below are freely available
for use by constituents of the USNC/IEC. All other uses are restricted. All materials are copyright 2005 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Constituent Training Resources Contact

If you have any questions on any of the USNC Training programs, please contact Tony Zertuche at tzertuche@ansi.org for further information.

PowerPoint Versions

Please note:
These modules were developed using features of PowerPoint 2003 and are best viewed with this or later versions. Users with earlier versions of PowerPoint may experience difficulties with aspects of the animation embedded in the modules. If this is the case, please view the Printable Version made available in PDF format, using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 Estimated Completion Time for EACH Module: Approximately 20-25 Minutes

Module 1
International Standardization: Introduction and Overview
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This module provides a general overview of international standardization including:

  • Definition of basic terms and concepts.
  • An overview of the benefits of participation in international standardization.
  • An introduction to:
    • key international standards organizations
    • key regional standards organizations
    • role of the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC)

Module 2A
IEC and USNC Organizational and Governance Structures
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This module provides an overview of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC):

  • IEC membership
  • IEC policy and management
    groups
  • IEC technical committee
    structure
  • Liaison

Module 2B
USNC Organizational and Governance Structures
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This module provides an overview of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC):

  • U.S. National Committee (USNC) membership
  • USNC organization structure
  • USNC Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)

Module 3A
IEC Personnel: Roles and Responsibilities
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This module provides an overview of committee personnel working within the corresponding international committee personnel of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC):

  • Responsibilities
  • Appointment
  • Qualifications

Module 3B
USNC Personnel: Roles and Responsibilities
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This module provides an overview of committee personnel working within the corresponding international committee personnel of the U.S. National Committee (USNC):

  • Responsibilities
  • Appointment
  • Qualifications

Module 4
Standards Development and the Stages of Technical Work
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This module provides an overview of the IEC standards development process, including:

  • Project development principles
  • ISO/IEC Directives
  • Project stages of IEC standards development work, documents and time frames
  • Technical Specifications, Publicly Available Specifications and Technical Reports
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Amendments
  • Global relevance policy and procedures
  • “In Some Countries” Clauses
  • Normative references
  • Double-logo Standards
  • Fast-track processing

Additional Training Resources

The ANSI Education Portal (www.StandardsLearn.org) consists of 4 e-learning courses.

Through History with Standards
Throughout its nearly 90-year history, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has maintained as its primary goal the enhancement of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and promoting their integrity. But standards existed long before ANSI was formed. Let's take a quick look across several centuries to see how standards - and their impact on commerce and society - have evolved.

U.S. Standards System – Today and Tomorrow
You will receive an overview of the U.S. standards development environment, including the American National Standards (ANS) process. The course will inform you about the value of participating in standards development and reviews the key questions to ask before development is initiated. It also offers examples of the various types of standards and explains how standards development relates to national and international business.

Legal Issues in Standard-Setting
This course will outline how U.S. antitrust laws may apply to the standards development process. You will be provided with a brief background on the laws and some basic guidelines on what can be done, and what should be avoided, at standards meetings.

Introduction to Standards
This course will provide a brief overview of standards, defining types as well as key definitions and terms. The course will then describe ANSI’s role in the standardization process. Lastly, the process by which ANSI participates in the international standardization arena will be covered, along with an overview of regional and international organizations.

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