Machinery condition monitoring based on lubricant analysis – MLA Certification Course *GERMAN*

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Certification Course (4 days) in German language Previous knowledge required     new appointments are currently set
optional MLA II - Exam by ICML (1/2 Day) – 275 $ at ICML Previous knowledge required     new appointments are currently set

Unique opportunities in this training course

  • Overview of the whole field of oil and grease analysis for condition monitoring and quality control
  • Holistic concept starting from the application, the lubricant and lubrication technology up to the monitoring & pro-active corrective actions
  • All tasks from the sampling up to the evaluation of the test results
  • Suitable as a basic course for beginners, but also as an update or extension of knowledge for practitioners
  • Experienced, internationally recognized and certified speakers who have been trained through their daily practice in the world of mechanical engineering, lubrication and lubricant analysis
  • Very good starting point for exam preparation of internationally recognized certification tests like OMA (STLE) or MLA-II (ICML)
  • Possibility to take the MLA exam on the following day and become a certified Machinery Lubrication Analyst.

1500.- € + VAT. for the 4-day seminar

Services included:

  • Participation in the training
  • Hot lunch at all days in our cafeteria
  • Coffee/Tea and sweet and savoury Snacks during the breaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during the training
  • Training documents (printed and on a USB Flash drive)
  • Certificate of participation

The MLA II-exam

A participation in the official MLA II exam is voluntary.

The exam takes place on Friday immediately after the certification course from 9.00 am till 12.00 pm in Brannenburg and is conducted by the ICML.

Please register yourself in time two weeks before the examination date directly at the ICML if you want to take part in the exam.

MLA II examination fee (not included in seminar):
$ 275 USD

Certification Course


  • Deep understanding of the importance of professional lubrication for the reliable, safe and cost effective operation of production equipment
  • Practice-oriented knowledge of lubricants in different applications as a key for professional evaluation of oil & grease analysis results
  • Getting to know and apply professional methods of oil or grease analysis for oil & condition monitoring and quality control
  • Latest expert knowledge in these fields, provided by experienced engineers
  • Deepening the knowledge in
    o Selection and usage of lubricants
    o Procurement, storage and handling
    o Lubrication methods and lubrication equipment
    o Application-oriented selection of methods and devices for oil monitoring
    o Principles of professional evaluation of analytical results
    o Practice-oriented purity requirements of hydraulic and lubricant systems
    o Establishing of effective lubricant monitoring programs

Target group

  • Professionals and managers in the area of maintenance and servicing
  • Technical sales consultants of lubricant and filter manufacturers and their distribution partners
  • Technical procurement managers for lubricants and operating resources.
  • Professionals from service and sales of machinery and component manufacturers
  • Experts for damage analysis and machine failures
  • Professionals and managers from oil maintenance, monitoring and other areas who want to extend or update their knowledge about oil analysis


Maintenance – availability oriented, state-dependent, proactive

  • Maintenance and servicing
  • Condition-based maintenance strategies (CBM)
  • Reliability centered maintenance strategies (RCM)

Basics of lubrication

  • Friction, lubrication andlubrication filming
  • Hydrodynamics, EHD and hydrostatics
  • Importance of viscosity and V-T-behavior

Basics of lubricants

  • Base oils: mineral oils and synthetic oils, base oil types and their fields of application
  • Additives: types, operating principle, application examples
  • Greases: specifics, thickener types, selection criteria
  • Terms and typical characteristics

Lubricating oils in use

  • Oil aging as the sum of all operational changes
  • Aging of the base oil: oxidation, nitration, hydrolysis, thermal decomposition
  • Additive degradation: antioxidants, antiwear, alkaline reserve, Detergents / dispersant additives
  • Contaminants: sources and types, e.g. Particles, air, water, glycol, soot, fuel, oil aging products
  • Practical problems due to cavitation, diesel effect, foaming

Oil care

  • Filtration as a system specific concept
  • Oil filters and their application areas
  • Mainstream and sidestream filtration
  • Operating- and commissioning-filtration
  • Characteristic values and selection criteria

Sample collection, transport and labeling

  • Optimal place and time
  • Methods and tools for static and dynamic sample collection
  • Avoid typical errors in sample collection
  • Application specific requirements to sample container
  • Meaningful labeling and necessary instructions for oil samples

Oil Analysis – Basic measurement methods

  • Methods to monitor oil condition, wear and contamination
  • Application and significance of each procedure
  • Minimal and optimal scope of investigation
  • Routine and specific test methods 

Basis for Assessment of Oil Analysis

  • Principle procedure
  • Limit values and observing trends
  • Typical structure of a laboratory report

Oil analysis in practice

  • Application specific view of typical application areas:

    • Most important selection criteria
    • Characteristic aging scenarios
    • Extent of testing
    • Standard and special analysis, goods receipt control sample collection and declaration
    • Typical limit values
    • Evaluation examples

  • Application areas:

    • Bearing lubrication
    • Gearbox and circulating lubrication
    • Hydraulics
    • Turbines & Compressors
    • Engines
    • Heat transfer oils
    • Insulating oils
    • Greases

Storage, handling, transport and application

  • Oil storage: requirements, technical possibilities
  • Identification and tracking
  • Technical tools for storage and handling
  • Circulating oil lubrication, consumption or loss of lubrication
  • Systems and solutions for decentralized and centrali- zed supplying of several lubrication points and complete plant systems

MLA Level 2 - Certified Oil Analysis - Specialist

Target group

Techical or maintenance staff of factories or plants where their main tasks include different acitivities in relation to oil and grease analysis for machinery condition monitoring. This includes e.g. sampling, sample Management, execution of simple oil Analysis tests on-site as well as administration and evaluation of test results.

What does MLA mean?

The MLA II certification (Machinery Lubricant Analyst - Level II) approves that skilled technical employees in the area of machinery lubrication and there especially in machine condition Monitoring and maintenance are able to perform the following tasks appropriately:

  • Installation of sampling equipment in order to take oil samples repeatedly in a efficient and representative way.
  • Representative oil sampling of typical industrial machines and sample preparation for analysis.
  • Selection of appropriate analysis methods in order to identify and eliminate mistakes in the use of lubricants.
  • Selection of appropriate analysis methods to monitor the quality of the lubricants in use and to avoid unusual wearout of machines.
  • Evaluation of analysis lab results or online systems and implementation of procedures or actions to ensure machine availability and readiness.
  • inspection and proper storage of new oil deliveries.

Usually the oil analysis specialist is in continous contact with the machine and has influence on the selection and condition of the lubricants and hydraulic fluids in use.

A basic understanding about lubrication, wearout, oil Analysis procedures and tribology is presumed.

The certification exam

To become certified, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Education and/or Experience - Candidates must have 24 months experience in the field of lubricant-analysis-based machinery condition monitoring. The months of experience are based on 16 hours minimum per month of sampling and analysis experience. Hold Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA) certification OR have a minimum of 960 hours experience and the knowledge base of the MLA I body of knowledge.
  • Training - Candidate must have received 24 hours of documented formal training in oil analysis for machine condition monitoring as outlined in the Body of Knowledge of the MLA II.

Note: ICML does not require, recommend, endorse or authorize any specific training course as official or approved. It is the responsibility of each candidate to research the training options available in his/her area and make a decision as to the training provider of his/her choice. ICML recommends the outline of the course of choice be compared to the exam's Body of Knowledge. It is in the person's best interest and their responsibility as an ICML candidate to ensure they are being trained in the same subject areas in which they will be tested. ICML's Bodies of Knowledge are of public domain and can be utilized by companies in the development of courses, as well as by any prospective candidate for evaluating the appropriateness of chosen training.

  • Examination - Each candidate must successfully pass a written, 100 question multiple choice examination that evaluates the candidate's knowledge of the topic. Candidates have three hours to complete the closed-book examination. A score of 70% is required to pass the examination and achieve certification. Contact ICML about the availability of the exam in other languages.

5% discount for more than 3 registrations

Services included:

  • Participation in training
  • Hot lunch on all days
  • Coffee/tea and snacks during breaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages during training
  • Detailed training material, printed and on USB Memory stick
  • Certificate of participation
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