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How to Properly and Scientifically Calibrate an Analytical System


Course Description:

Proper calibration and calibration verification of analytical systems are critical cornerstones to the generation of accurate and reliable data. Understanding the strengths of calibration options and the limitations of computerized data systems will assure proper calibrations and efficient operational practices. This interactive training series focuses on the critical importance of properly calibrating organic and inorganic analytical systems. A variety of options for calibrating and verifying calibration for instrumental and non-instrumental analytical systems are discussed along with proper practices, documentation practices, and advantages and disadvantages that are associated with different types of calibration curves. Particular attention is given to differentiating between proper and improper calibration procedures so that participants will have a clear understanding of what is acceptable practice and what is not.

This 6–hour training series is divided into two 3-hour sessions and provides practical, comprehensive, and invaluable guidance on understanding the principles of calibration using lecture, discussion, and exercises. One of the objectives and focus of this training is to present material that participants can consider in their daily activities.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

  • Fundamentals of calibration (number of points, distribution, etc.)
  • 2016 TNI Standard and test method specific calibration requirements
  • Equipment requiring calibration
  • Initial calibration objectives
  • Second source standard use
  • Continuing calibration verification
  • Frequency of calibration
  • What to do when the calibration fails criteria
  • Calibration curve types
  • Internal vs. external calibration
  • Proper documentation practices
  • Improper calibration activities
  • Tips on what to include in a Calibration SOP or Guidance Document

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for Managers, Supervisors, Analysts, Quality Assurance Staff, Laboratrory Auditors and Assessors, and Data Validators.

$135 for TNI members
$150 for non-members

TNI Members: you must be logged-in to the website to receive the member rate.

No certificates are automatically provided with this training. A Certificate of Completion (CoC) ($30 per person) or Certificate of Attendance (CoA) ($20 per person) may be purchased during or after registration or webcast purchase. A passing score of at least 70% must be received on the exam in order to receive CEUs and a CoC. Scores of less than 70% will receive a Certificate of Attendance at no reduced fee. For a CoA you will not need to take the quiz and you will not receive CEUs. To receive your certificate, contact Paul Junio at [email protected] with date of purchase and date of training completion. See FAQs for additional information.


About Webcasts: Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a special link by e-mail to watch the webcast on your computer. The link is time-limited: you will have full access to the webcast and any associated handouts for 6 months after receipt of payment, at which time the link will expire. Webcasts cannot be downloaded; they are intended for viewing on your computer only during the 6-month window. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Taunton at [email protected].

6 hours

CEUs: 0.6

Presented By:

Jack Farrell

About the Presenter:

Jack Farrell has more than 40 years of experience in the environmental industry as an analyst, QA professional, technical and general manager of small, medium and large commercial laboratories. He is an experienced environmental manager, laboratory chemist, trainer, and auditor. Mr. Farrell holds degrees in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) and Chemistry and is a professional trainer, consultant and third party assessor for a number of state and federal regulators.

Jack Farrell is a Senior Environmental Analyst, President and Founder of Analytical Excellence, Inc. (AEX). Since its inception in 1993, AEX has been an independent strictly confidential consulting firm specializing in environmental laboratory operations, analysis and matters concerning the generation of analytical data to support effective compliance decision-making and aspects of litigation. AEX's clientele consist of well-known small and large laboratory companies, instrument manufacturers, engineering firms, state and federal regulatory agencies and legal practice firms.