To bolster the effectiveness of U.S. participation in international standardization activities, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is offering two education courses free of charge for eligible constituents. These new courses are designed fulfill a new training requirement affecting all ANSI-delegated International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Secretariats, as well as all ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrators to ISO [see related news item].
Other individuals who may be interested in taking these courses include:
Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat
This course is intended to assist stakeholders in becoming fluent in all aspects of successful ISO committee management. Attendees will strengthen their understanding of the international standards development process and alternative deliverables, and will learn effective management techniques. They will also develop knowledge of the roles and responsibilities for all committee officers; hear details about ANSI's relationship with ISO; learn the requirements for ISO committee meetings; and receive useful advice regarding preparation for and conduct at meetings. Other topics covered during the course include a review of new ISO electronic management tools, and other special issues for Secretariats.
Course 208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization
This course is intended to help participants to explore the processes and operating procedures associated with ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and to learn how to serve as an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings. Attendees will also learn about accreditation, membership, voting requirements, and rules for developing positions. The course will discuss the key ANSI principles of due process, consensus, openness, and balance; the significance of the international standards development process; and the formation and role of U.S. TAGs.
For information about all ANSI training sessions, visit the Institute's education and training page.