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A 4-day course that offers content and instruction to prepare for the International Council for Machinery Lubrication, MLA I and the MLT I exam.


Nov 01, 2021


Nov 04, 2021


Deer Park, United States

Machine Lubricant Analyst and Machinery Lubrication Technician


This combination certification examination preparation is for the Machine Lubricant Analyst Level I (MLA I) compliant with ISO 18436-4 and the Machinery Lubrication Technician Level I (MLT I). The MLA I develops competency for daily activities associated with lubrication tasks and basic lubricant analysis for machine condition monitoring, contamination control and problem detection. The MLT I is for those responsible for daily lubrication tasks, including oil changes, top-ups, greasing bearings, lubricant receiving and proper storage and care of lubricants and dispensing devices.

Training Methodology

This course is a cooperative argumentative dialogue between individuals and the instructor, asking and answering questions from the instructor as well as other students that stimulate critical thinking, and draw out underlying presumptions in the world of lubrication, oil analysis, and overall reliability. Participants prepare for the final exam by closely reading and discussing the text as well as assignments that they will accomplish in and out of the course.

Who should attend?

Common job titles for the individual who would become a certified Machine Lubricant Analyst include lubrication technicians, PM technicians, millwrights, mechanics, reliability engineers, maintenance managers, sales and technical service professionals etc. Typically, this individual has regular contact with machinery and /or lubricants and has routine influence over the condition of lubricants in use. The individual is likely to be directly involved in the machine lubrication process and reliability such as:

  • Manufacturing and industrial engineers
  • Maintenance managers
  • Predictive maintenance technicians
  • Reliability engineers
  • Craftsmen & millwrights
  • Sales and Technical Service professionals involved in the lubricant industry
  • All who seek to improve reliability programs


Day 1
Day 2
I. Maintenance strategies
II. Lubrication theory/fundamentals
III. Lubricant selection
IV. Lubricant application
V. Lube storage and management
VI. Lube condition control
Day 3
Day 4
VII. Oil sampling
VIII. Lubricant health monitoring
IX. Oil analysis
Day 5
Optional exams

Duration & Cost: Nov 1-4, 5th for test. $1295 for single participant, $1195 if 2 or more. Additional cost for exams, $295 each. Paid directly to ICML.
What's Included: Course materials and complimentary lunch at SGS

Meet Our Expert

Michael Holloway

Michael D. Holloway,

He has over 35 years’ experience in the lubrication, analysis, and reliability industry. In 2014, Holloway established 5th Order Industry that is now a world leader in competency development for certification preparation. Mr. Holloway has written 8 books, holds an MSc in Polymer Engineering, a BSc in Chemistry, and an BA in Philosophy.


Training Location

SGS North America Inc., 900B Georgia Ave Suite 1100, Deer Park, TX 77536, United States
Candlewood Suites: Houston – Pasadena, 3450 East Sam Houston Parkway South, Pasadena, TX 77505 Studio Suite 1 Queen Nonsmoking $79 (Discount Code: SGS)

For further information, please contact:

Gabe Ferrel, CLS, MLT I, MLA I
Industries & Environment
U.S., Business Development, OCM
m: +1 832 452 2297

SGS COVID Protocols

We will continue to prioritize your safety and that of our employees as we've done throughout this pandemic. Inside our facilities, we ask everyone to continue following our operational integrity mandates, including always wearing a mask inside facilities, washing hands often, social distancing, and limiting the number of individuals in common areas, such as lunchrooms and conference rooms. This coordinated approach means all facilities across our region are getting the same message and taking the same actions.