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Training & Certification

BSSM currently operate the only independently recognised strain measurement certification scheme in the World, through our dedicated training courses and examinations. We are the only organisation that provide certification of strain measurement personnel.

The scheme follows ISO 9712: the International Standard for Nondestructive Testing, and has run for over 30 years. During that time we have held countless exams in the UK, where candidates from many European countries and a wide range of industries have attended and we have also held multiple exams in South Africa and Denmark. We are currently organising remote examinations in China.

Strain gauging is a skilled profession, requiring a high level of detail and attention. BSSM has worked with the strain gauge manufactures and experienced practitioners to develop an agreed Code of Practice for the Installation of Electrical Resistance Strain Gauges and has developed a Certification scheme to provide industry with a means of ensuring the capability of their staff to select and install strain gauges. From initial specification to the interpretation and analysis of data, the BSSM provides a complete skillset necessary for anyone involved in precision strain measurement through a range of training courses and examinations for the certification of strain gauge personnel. 

Courses are available suitable for:

  • Technicians who install strain gauges 
  • Designers who design instruments to measure load, Torque, Pressure, Distance etc 
  • Engineers who use strain gauges for Stress Analysis 

The scheme follows ISO9712:2012, with three levels (strain gauge installation, strain measurement, stress analysis). The exams provide certification to assure a level of competence, from basic installation (Level 1) to full specification, installation, measurement and analysis (Levels 2 and 3). The courses (Level 2 and 3) provide comprehensive and essential information to enable successful measurements, reduced uncertainties, and numerical analysis.

Training Courses

The BSSM Strain Analysis and Stress Analysis courses are prerequisites for candidates progressing through the certification scheme but are also suitable for CPD, for those that do not require certification

Certification and Exams

BSSM has developed a three tier Certification Scheme that covers specific knowledge bases for each of the three levels and provides an industry recognised formal qualification.

Experience with the certification scheme over a period of 30 years has shown that certification: 

  • Provides customer confidence in the quality of your measurements
  • Gives your company the competitive edge
  • Demonstrates staff and organisational competence to external bodies
  • Increases staff confidence
  • Extends skills and understanding and consequently staff interest
  • Enhances staff status within the company

Strain gauges are still extensively used in all areas of technology; they can be found in many devices which can include weighing equipment (home and industrial); medical devices; automotive; robotics and many others, and are considered the “Gold Standard” when used in the verification of numerical analyses of structures.

Regardless of which industry strain gauges are used, the quality of the measurement is dependent upon two main factors; the quality of the sensor and most importantly, the quality and integrity of the installation on the structure/component.

Have you considered?


  • How do you demonstrate competence in your strain gauge measurements?
  • Are your staff suitably trained in strain gauge installation?
  • Are your competitors?
  • Have you considered the consequences of poor strain gauge installation?
  • Are my results reliable when I am not convinced by the quality of the gauge installation? 

Failure to achieve the desired standards for gauge installation can lead to expensive mistakes. Gauges can fall off, data can be compromised, and faulty analysis can lead to life-threatening problems. At the very least, expensive test programmes can result with no useable data, or perhaps your delivery customer will not accept results if you cannot prove compliance, competence, calibration or traceability. Too many tests have had to be repeated or abandoned due to poor execution.

Example 1

For example, a repeat of a successful pressure vessel test was abandoned as the customer ran out of strain gauge-certified adhesive and purchased some from a local DIY store, resulting in poor performance and gauges peeling off under strain.

Example 2

In another situation, an expensive sub-sea application failed, and had to be recovered from the sea bed. On inspection, the clear silicone coating had started to fail (it’s not suitable for long-term immersion), and residual solder flux residue had significantly attacked the strain gauges, turning them black

Both instances could have been avoided through a good understanding of the requirements, competence training and certification, and seeking the advice of professionals well-versed in strain gauge applications

"Our Installation Engineers here at Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace find that the BSSM's courses and certification schemes give them suitable recognition for their gauge application skills"

Leighton Tipton (Structural Measurement Specialist, Rolls Royce)

Training & Certification

Our courses include Stress Analysis and Load Measurement, Strain Analysis, Certification Seminars and Exams.

In addition we offer tailor made courses to suit your specific needs and run these at your company premises

2022 Prices

Level 1 
Pre-exam seminar £330
Exam £525
Exam (2 installation types) £635
Renewal £330

Level 2
Pre-exam seminar £330
Exam £750
Renewal £330

Level 3
Pre-exam seminar £400
Exam £860
Renewal £330

Strain Analysis using Resistance Strain Gauges course £1500
Stress Analysis & Load Measurement course £1225

All prices ex VAT

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Available to buy online, the BSSM's Code of Practice for the Installation of Electrical Strain Gauges, Strain Measurement Reference Book and Resistance Strain Gauge Load Cells

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