ISO/IEC 17043 and Accreditation for Proficiency Testing Providers (MS 140)

This course provides the participant with a comprehensive look at Proficiency Testing (PT), including the design and operation of PT schemes, statistical methods, reporting, and interpretation. The participant will gain an understanding of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17043 and ISO 13528, and will be presented with tools for basic statistical design and data analysis.


Course Content

  • Definitions from ISO/IEC 17043.
  • Types of proficiency testing.
  • Various standards and guides for PT.
  • Management system requirements.
  • Design of PT schemes.
  • Preparation of PT items.
  • Reports.
  • Statistics for PT.
  • Interpretation of results for participants, accreditation bodies and other interested parties.
  • A2LA Accreditation process and benefits,
  • National and international practices.


Expertise in a technical field of measurement where Proficiency Testing is used or needed.

Target Attendees

Proficiency testing providers considering accreditation to ISO requirements, or seeking a better understanding of the basic requirements for PT and process improvement; Accreditation Bodies; Assessors.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1.    Identify the Documents and Records required;
2.    Implement actionable clauses;
3.    Apply basic statistical techniques for analysis;
4.    Practice statistical methodologies for designing and analyzing a Proficiency Testing scheme; and
5.    Build an optimal statistical design for the objectives of a Proficiency Testing scheme


CEUs Awarded

1.6 CEUs Awarded*

Presentation Style

Lecture, discussion, and group exercises.

Hands-on exercises using Microsoft Excel. Please bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel or compatible spreadsheet program loaded in the computer for an interactive workshop.


ISO/IEC 17043:2010 Conformity Assessment - General Requirements for Proficiency Testing
ISO 13528:2015 Statistical Methods for Use in Proficiency Testing by Interlaboratory Comparison


*American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.


Training Services


July 9, 2018 – July 10, 2018
Chicago , IL
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Additional Location Info:

Venue to be announced.

PLEASE NOTE: A2LA can offer on-site training at your facility. For additional information about this option, please contact Training Services, at 301-644-3235 or