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USNC/IEC Training Resources

The USNC and its members participate in approximately 90% of the technical work of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). If your technology is electrotechnology, it is somewhere within the IEC.

To help make sure that U.S. participants are well informed, prepared, and effective in electrotechnical standardization, the USNC provides a number of education and training resources.


The USNC periodically hosts webinars to help its members to understand the importance of standardization, and to help spread the message within their own organizations. The presentations given during those webinars are available here:

 USNC Effective IEC Participation Course (upcoming)

This webinar is designed to give tips and advice to USNC delegates who wish to work on and improve their skills as representatives of the US electrotechnical sector at IEC Technical Committee, Subcommittee, and Working Group meetings.

  Why IEC Standards Work is Important to My Company (slides | brochure)

Participating in the development of international standards can help your company gain influence in global markets and influence domestic and international policy. But don’t just take our word for it. Representatives from Corning Incorporated, Rockwell Automation, Eaton Corporation, and General Electric share why their companies value participation in the USNC/IEC.

 Benefits of Standards Work for Emerging Professionals (slides)

When young and emerging professionals get involved in standards development work, everyone wins. The individual gains valuable career skills and knowledge; the company gains depth and engagement; and the standardization community as whole hears fresh perspectives.

Guidance Bulletins

From time to time, the USNC Office issues Guidance Bulletins to advise and to remind the USNC Constituency about specific aspects of our work:

Additional bulletins will be issued in the future and a list of those anticipated will be circulated to the USNC Constituency.

USNC/IEC Constituent Training Modules

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 2007 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


If you have any questions on any of the USNC Training programs, please contact Tony Zertuche at 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

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

This module provides an overview of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including its membership, policy groups, and technical committee structure.

Module 2B

USNC Organizational and Governance Structures

This module provides an overview of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including its membership, organizational structure, and Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs).

Module 3A

IEC Personnel: Roles and Responsibilities

This module provides an overview of personnel working within the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Module 3B

USNC Personnel: Roles and Responsibilities

This module provides an overview of U.S. National Committee (USNC) personnel.

Module 4

Standards Development and the Stages of Technical Work

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
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