Short Course Information

As part of the NLA-SA’s ongoing commitment towards the upliftment of technical skills in the Calibration, Measurement and Testing Laboratory environments, we believe that it is essential that the NLA-SA, as an Association, provides this vital link between ongoing education and the communities it serves.

As a prospective attendee, we look forward to welcoming you on one of our courses and trust that the value of this education will be of long term benefit to everyone involved in the laboratory and measurement world.


The NLA-SA presents various short courses which are designed to develop new and more experienced laboratory personnel working in both Calibration/Metrology and Testing Laboratories. The courses are presented by experts in their field.

Accreditation of courses

The NLA-SA is an accredited training provider registered with the EWSETA. Currently the Uncertainty of Measurement (Physical) course is the only accredited course; additional courses will be added to the schedule in due course.

Accredited short courses are aligned to a SAQA registered Unit Standard and its associated NQF Level.

Course Details

Calibration/Metrology courses offered It is recommended that prospective attendees working in SANAS accredited facilities first complete Modules 1-3 before attending discipline-specific courses. However, where discipline-specific courses consist of Level 1 and 2, the Level 1 course should be completed before Module 3: Uncertainty of Measurement – GUM (Physical). Completion of the Level 1 course is also a prerequisite for the Level 2 course.
Module 1: Introduction to Measurement
Module 2: Method Validation (Calibration)
Module 3: Uncertainty of Measurement – GUM (Physical) (Accredited)
Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) Level 1
Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) Level 2
Dimensional Metrology Level 1
Dimensional Metrology Level 2
Electrical (DC LF) Metrology Level 1
Electrical (DC LF) Metrology Level 2
Flow Metrology
Force, Torque & Hardness Metrology
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (G D & T)
Humidity Metrology
Legal Metrology
Mass Metrology
Pressure Metrology Level 1
Pressure Metrology Level 2
Radio Frequency Metrology
Temperature Metrology Level 1
Temperature Metrology Level 2
Time & Frequency Metrology
Sterilizer & Autoclave
Power & Energy
Analytical courses offered These courses have been specifically designed to have a large “hands-on” component.
Module 1: Introduction to Measurement
Module 2: Method Validation (Analytical) (refer below for Microbiology-specific course)
Module 3: Uncertainty of Measurement – GUM (Analytical) (refer below for Microbiology-specific course)
Basic Analytical Techniques
Aquatic Toxicity Testing – Practical
Microbiology Practical (Water and Food Analysis)
Microbiology Method Validation and Uncertainty of Measurement: Practical course
Sterilizer & Autoclave
Course content Detailed descriptions of course content, as well as pre-requisites for attending the course, are available by following the links from each course name.
Course schedule Click on the following link to view or print the Course schedule. Extra courses will be held if there is a requirement.
Venue Unless indicated on the Course Schedule, all courses are presented at the NLA-SA Offices in Pretoria:
Address: 1 De Havilland Crescent, Persequor Technopark, Lynnwood, Pretoria (corner of General van Ryneveld street and De Havilland Crescent)
Tel no: (+27) 12 349 1500
Fax no: (+27) 12 349 1501
Please note that the option is available to have a course presented at your offices (refer to In-house training below).
Course agenda Unless otherwise indicated, all courses have the following broad agenda:
Registration and early coffee: 08h00
Daily start time: 08h30
Daily end time: 16h00/16h30 (depending on the course)
Note: It is recommended that attendees should not book return flights before 18h00 on the last day of the course.
Cost The course fee published on the Course Schedule includes VAT.
What is included in the course fee? Course material
Writing pad and pen
Tea/Coffee and refreshments
Examination fee
Note: It is recommended that attendees bring a calculator for all courses, except the Uncertainty of Measurement courses where a statistical calculator will be provided as part of the course material.
Discount pricing structure (course fee): Note: In order to obtain the discounted course fee, the organisation must be a current paid up member of the NLA-SA.
For more than one attendee from a single member organisation the following discount pricing structure will apply:
1 Attendee: 0%
2 or 3 Attendees: 5%
4+ Attendees: 10%
Cancellations A 30% Cancellation Fee will be charged for cancellations received eight or less working days prior to the commencement of the course.
Cancellations must be made in writing to Maggie Rossouw ( and Bernice Janse van Rensburg (
Examination and re-examination fees The examination fee for the examination directly following the course is included in the course fee.
The first re-examination is free of charge if written with the next available exam.
An extra charge will be applicable if a special re-examination has to be arranged. Two months’ notice is required.
Course booking All provisional bookings must be made by completing the online Booking Request Form. You will receive an e-mail containing a reference number if your request for a booking was successful. Please follow up with the NLA-SA Office if the confirmation e-mail is not received.
A quotation and/or invoice will be forwarded as soon as the booking request is received by the NLA-SA Office.
Course attendance can only be guaranteed (pending the number of attendees that registered) once proof of payment or a purchase order is received at least ten working days before training commences. A minimum of eight attendees are required per course. If less than eight attendees enroll, course fees per candidate may be adjusted or the course may be postponed.
Examination Examinations are written at the NLA-SA Offices in Pretoria. In the event that an external invigilator has to be arranged for examinations that are not written at the NLA-SA Offices, fees will be applicable. Exam dates are set during the course and take place approximately two weeks after the end of the course.
Re-examination A candidate may rewrite once. The re-examination is free of charge if written with the next available exam.
Availability of results Moderated results are available approximately four-six (4-6) weeks after the date of the exam.
Certificates The NLA-SA presents both non-examined and examined courses.
Non-examined courses: A Certificate of Attendance is provided to all attendees.
Examined courses: A Certificate of successful completion is awarded to those who obtained a mark of at least 50% for all examined courses, except the Uncertainty of Measurement course where a pass mark of at least 60% is applicable.
If no exam is written or if a suitable pass mark is not achieved, a Certificate of Attendance is provided.
Note: Certificates will only be issued to attendees whose course is paid in full.
Issuing and collection of certificates Certificates will be issued approximately two (2) weeks after receiving the results. You will receive a notification of when the certificate will be ready for collection when your results are forwarded to you.
It is preferable that original certificates be collected from the NLA-SA Offices. On collection, the person collecting the certificate(s) will need to sign an acknowledgement of receipt.
In-house training If you have a group to train on any of the courses that we offer, the course can be presented at your offices (in-house). Please contact Maggie Rossouw for a proposal, providing the following information:
Company name
Contact person
Contact person e-mail address
Company address
Company website
Company VAT number
Course name
Number of attendees
or complete the online in-house training request form.
Accommodation Attendees must arrange their own accommodation. Please refer to the accommodation list for available accommodation.
Contact person For all queries or requests regarding short courses, please contact Maggie Rossouw:
Tel no: 012 349 1500
Fax no: 012 349 1501
Note: Please note that Maggie Rossouw is available from 08h00-14h00 Monday to Thursday and 08h00-13h00 Friday.