|NELAP Assessor Training Courses
Basic Assessor Training
August 21-23, 2018
This course provides examples and a basic understanding of the assessment processes, within the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) framework. The basic principles for assessing environmental laboratories are presented. A summary of the 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory standards and practical examples for implementation of assessment techniques are an integral portion of this training course.
The rationale for assessing must be based on proven quality principals that allow the determination of adherence to the defined system. The system standards used during this course are the TNI Environmental Laboratory 2009 standard, and the ISO/IEC 17025 “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories” standard. Conducting an assessment of a laboratory system using quality principles and techniques allows personnel with a basic science background to assess operations and assure conformance to the stated management system.
The course presents the fundamentals of how to assess laboratories. These fundamentals include:
- Understanding the difference between assessments, audits, registration and accreditation
- Effective auditing tips and techniques
- How to: write findings; prepare and present the assessment report and evaluate findings from laboratories
- Evaluating laboratory corrective action programs and customer notification requirements.
The course also provides personnel with guidance on assessing quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) requirements to acquire technically and legally defensible environmental data from laboratory operations. The list of references provided in the course materials will further your understanding and provide specific information.
This class does not address the 2016 TNI standard and the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.
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- Quality Assurance Personnel
- Laboratory Assessors
$600 per person for Federal, State and Local Governments
$450 per person for Texas TCEQ employees
$800 per person for all others
Prerequisite: Students must read the 2009 TNI EL Standard before coming to class. A pretest will be given at
the start of class to ensure the students familiarity with these standards.
Bring to Class: Each person is required to purchase a copy of the TNI standard Volume 1 and 2 (2009) and bring your own hardcopy of the printed Materials. Materials include: 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Standard Volumes 1 and 2 with ISO language, checklist, exercises and other materials provided prior to the course for students to print and bring to class. Computer use during the exams is not allowed.
Students should come to class knowing the contents of the TNI standard in order to successfully complete the course. A pretest is given at the start of class to ensure the students familiarity with these standards.