Vibration Analysis Category 2

BINDT PCN Accredited to ISO 18436-2 (BINDT PCN Certification Exam)

Reduce downtime and increase productivity by investing in the expertise of your personnel. Vibration Monitoring is a cost-effective strategy for condition monitoring rotating & reciprocating plant.

Who Should Attend

Managers, Engineers, Analysts, Supervisors,Technicians and Operators who wish to learn about basic vibration monitoring and analysis in the areas of Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Reliability and Condition Monitoring for example from the following industries:

  • Aerospace & Aviation
  • Facilities, Banking & Utilities
  • Food & Beverage
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining & Minerals, Cement & Fertilisers
  • Oil & Gas, Petrochemical & Chemical
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power Gen, Transmission & Distribution

Course Objectives

This course is based on the ISO 18436-2:2014 certification program for Vibration Analyst Category II & is designed to prepare staff for the Category II Certification Exam. The course is
accredited to BINDT PCN CM GEN App D.

VA Category II personnel are qualified to perform industrial machinery vibration measurements and basic vibration analysis using single channel measurements, with or without phase trigger signals, according to established and recognised procedures. They require all the knowledge, experience and skills expected of Category I, and in addition they shall at least:

  • be able to define the measurement activities to be undertaken by a category 1 individual in the course of routine data collection;
  • be aware of and capable of using the basic principles of signal analysis and, as such, can define acquisition and analysis settings to collect data appropriate to the machine(s) monitored;
  • be able to perform basic (single channel) impact tests to determine natural frequencies;
  • be able to interpret and evaluate test results and acceptance tests in accordance with specifications and standards;
  • be able to diagnose common fault indications and recommend basic corrective actions commensurate with their area of machinery experience including carrying out single-plane balancing of rigid rotors with or without phase;
  • be able to provide technical guidance to and instruct category 1 personnel.

Difficulty Level

Note: VA Cat I Qualification is a pre-requisite for this course.

Course Content

This course is in accordance with the ISO 18436-2 certification program for VA Category II. The following is covered:

Day 1

Condition Based Maintenance
Selecting CM Techniques

  • Task 1: Selecting CM Techniques (3†) 

Range of CM Techniques, Measurement Intervals, Lead Time to Failure 

Principles of Vibration – Part 1

Definition of Vibration, Single Degree of Freedom Systems, Basic Motion, Measuring Vibration

  • Task 2: Measuring Speed
  • Task 3: Vibration Waveform Exercises (3†)

Waveform Descriptors, Adding Sinusoidal

  • Task 4: Vibration Mixtures (4†)
  • Task 5: Vibration Waveform Descriptors

Day 2

Principles of Vibration – Part 2
Vibration Parameters & Converting Units

  • Task 6: Calculating Parameters and

Converting Units
Time and Frequency Domain, Enveloping
Introduction to Resonance
Natural Frequency, Resonance, Critical Speeds Effects of Resonance, Resonance Plots, Identifying Resonance, Machine Self-excitation, Exciter (Shaker) Test, Hammer Test

  • Task 7: Hammer Test to Identify a Resonance
  • Task 8: Case History - Main Circulation Pumps Isolation and mounting systems
  • Task 9: Case History - Engine Test Pallet

Day 3

Data Acquisition – Instrumentation

  • Task 10: Choice of Monitoring System

Online Monitoring Systems, Portable Vibration Data Collection Systems, Transducers, Transducer Characteristics, Examples of Vibration Transducers & Accessories, Mounting Transducers, Relative and Absolute Vibration Measurement

  • Task 11: Performance of Different

Transducer Types
Data Acquisition – Measurement  Vibration Measurement, Vibration Standards, Overall Vibration, Common ISO Vibration Standards, ISO 2372 and ISO 3945 (Superseded) Vibration Limit Zones, Vibration Severity Bandwidths, Relative Vibration

  • Task 12: Vibration Severity Exercises (9†)
  • Task 13: Broadband Vibration Fault Exercise
  • Task 14: Setting up and Taking

Recognising Poor Data
Reasons for Poor (Invalid) Readings

  • Task 15: Recognising Invalid Readings (5†)

Poor Data Recognition Hints

Day 4

Monitoring Program Set-up
Setting up Measurements, Route-based Data Collection, Identifying Equipment, Recording Equipment Information, Machinery Types, Electric Motor Characteristics, Rolling Element Bearing Characteristics, Measurement Point  Conventions

  • Task 16: Allocating Measurement Points Identifying Machines and Measurement Points
  • Task 17: Identifying Machine Components
  • Task 18: Recognising Asset Types

Typical Vibration Data Collection Parameters, Reports

Vibration Frequency & Signal Analysis
FFT Terminology, FFT Features, Waterfall Plot, Spectrum Resolution, Dynamic Range, Signal Clipping and Truncation, Filters, Analogue to Digital Conversion, FFT Application Fault Analysis
Fault Finding, Identify Machine Characteristics,  Vibration Fault Finding Chart

  • Task 19: Recognising Common Faults (4†) Practical Fault Finding Examples
  • Task 20: Vibration Frequency & Signal Analysis (8†)
  • Task 21: Case History - Motor Driven Ball Mill

Typical Maintenance Actions

Day 5

Corrective Action
Introduction to Unbalance, Types of Rotor, Types of Unbalance, Balancing Methods, Unbalance and Eccentricity, Balance Quality 

  • Task 22: Specifying Balance Quality (3†)Single-Plane Balancing
  • Task 23: Single-Plane Balancing without Phase
  • Task 24: Single Plane Balancing with Phase 

Training Examination & Course Review

Course Assessment
Optional BINDT PCN VA Cat II Exam*


5 days including optional BINDT PCN VA Cat II examination*
Note: The BINDT PCN VA Level 1 Exam may be taken immediately after the training, but the BINDT PCN VA Cat II certificate will only be awarded after 18 months relevant logged VA experience.
† Number of examples in a particular task Note: The workbook has 24 Tasks with a total of 55 separate examples

Course Material

Each delegate receives a comprehensive taskbased workbook with clear syllabus-based information and diagrams, pictures and practical examples: This references ISO 18436-2 and BINDT PCN CM Gen App D syllabus.

Key Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Be able to set-up vibration monitoring for Cat I personnel for routine data collection
  • Be able to carry out basic signal analysis and define acquisition and analysis settings to collect data appropriate to the machine(s) monitored
  • Be able to perform basic (single-channel) impact tests to determine natural frequencies
  • Be able to interpret & evaluate test results from routine analysis & acceptance tests in accordance with specifications and standards
  • Be able to diagnose common faults &  recommend basic corrective actions appropriate to your machinery experience including carrying out single-plane balancing of rigid rotors
  • Be able to provide technical guidance to,  and instruct Category I personnel 


The course is based on ISO Standards including:
ISO 18436-2:2014
ISO 17359:2011
ISO 13373-1:2002

Course information

Course Code 301.06
Course Title Vibration Analysis Category 2
Details BINDT PCN Accredited to ISO 18436-2 (BINDT PCN Certification Exam)
Certification YES
Partnership BINDT
Language English
Course Duration 40

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13 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020

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