VCAT-1 Vibration Analysis ISO18436-3

VCAT 1 is the essential course to start your Vibration Analysis career, or for those who work with or rely on Vibration Analysts.

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  • Study at your own pace, with 4 months course access.

    VCAT-1 Vibration Analysis ISO18436-3

    • PD hours: 32
    The fee includes a printed manual, on-line invigilated exam & 5 year's certification.
    • $3,800.00 excl. GST


This Level 1 Vibration Analysis course, is the ideal starting place for new vibration analysts, people collecting vibration data, and those who want a better understanding of vibration analysis and condition monitoring.
You will come away with a solid understanding of why we monitor the condition of rotating machinery and other critical assets, the importance of improved reliability, and how vibration can be successfully measured and analyzed to provide an early warning of a wide range of fault conditions. You will not come away as an expert; that is what the more advanced courses are for.
You will know enough to make a valuable contribution to an existing program; be in a position to start a new program; determine if you should implement a program at your site; or better understand the program that exists in your plant.

You will learn:

  • About condition monitoring, including a summary of the most common technologies
  • About reliability improvement
  • How vibration analysis plays a key role in reliability improvement
  • About how machines work via the supplementary self-study “equipment knowledge” section of the manual
  • About the fundamentals of vibration: waveforms, spectra, and simple metrics (overall levels, RMS, peak, peak to peak, and crest factor)
  • How to take dependable, repeatable, high-quality vibration readings
  • About vibration sensors, and how and where to mount them
  • The basics of the analysis process, primarily with vibration spectra
  • The basics of the key analyzer settings: fmax, resolution, and averaging
  • The basics of setting alarm limits
  • About the common “failure modes” of machines and how to detect them, including rolling element bearing faults, unbalance, misalignment, looseness, and resonance.

With this video-based course, your learning occurs independently, which allows you to participate in the training at your speed and your convenience.


VA-CAT 1 enrolment cost per student: $3,800
Includes printed Course Study Guide, On-line Exam, 5 year's Certification Fee, and express delivery within Australia. 
With 10% GST=$4,180


Prior experience is not required for studying the course.

Certification requirements:

  • Training course completed.
  • Passing 2- hour, multiple choice, closed book exam with minimum 70%
  • 6-months of work experience, verified by an independent person.