All courses can be taken independently and taking an exam is optional.
The objective of the Level 1 examination is to enable candidates to demonstrate that they use procedures consistent with the Code of Practice, and are able to install gauges to BSSM standards.
The examination is divided into two parts:
- a practical test
- a short written test
The practical test forms the main part of the examination, and for this the candidates must choose one of the two standard installations to complete:
(a) Foil gauge for quarter-bridge operation at a temperature between 0°C and 50°C.
(b) Full bridge of foil gauges for long life at a temperature between 0°C and 50°C.
There are also options to be examined in additional installations without doing further written tests, including:
(c) Foil gauge(s) for quarter-bridge or half-bridge operation at a temperature between -200°C and 250°C.
(d) Gauges for operation at temperatures above 250°C.
The options selected should be indicated on the registration form and if successful, separate certificates will be issued for each installation.
The written test contains 20 multiple choice questions, based on general knowledge related to strain measurement and points which can arise during an installation. Candidates who take a second practical test will not be required to take a second written test.
It is highly recommended that candidates attend the one day pre-examination seminar is normally held about two weeks before each examination, so that candidates can make installations under examination conditions and discuss procedures, techniques and the sample written questions with an experienced engineer. It is normally held at the examination venue.