Lubrication training

Lubrication Training to master your program

Give your team autonomy, mastery, and purPose


This training was designed for those who are currently a certified machinery lubrication technicians and are ready to take the next step to attain the level two certification. This course reviews every topic in the body of knowledge, from maintenance strategy to lubricant application, to prepare attendees for the ICML MLT II exam. Requirements for the exam include:
  • Hold Level I Machinery Lubrication Technician (MLT I) certification
  • Candidates must have at least three years of education (post-secondary) or on-the-job training in one or more of the following fields: machinery lubrication, engineering, mechanical maintenance, and/or maintenance trades
  • Candidate must have received 16 hours of documented formal training in machinery lubrication as outlined in the MLT II Body of Knowledge (this course meets this requirement)



Choosing this course strengthens lubrication and maintenance skills by elevating reliability and maintenance personnel to a higher level of competency. This course is designed for all levels of personnel involved in the lubrication program and is ideal for PdM Technicians, Plant Managers, Reliability Engineers, Reliability Technicians, and Service Technicians that want a well-rounded education in lubrication.

This course review also meets the formal training requirement needed to challenge level I ICML and STLE exams for those that are interested in obtaining certification, but challenging an exam is by no means necessary to reap benefits from the course material. Every topic in the body of knowledge for the ICML MLA I, ICML MLT I, and STLE OMA I certifications are reviewed to prepare attendees interested in challenging one or more of the exams.


    Lubrication is a key component to achieve machine reliability in every industry. Obtaining your CLS indicates not only that you possess current knowledge of lubrication theory, but also have autonomy and mastery in your craft.

    This course is designed to prepare attendees for the Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) certification exam offered through the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). The training is designed for personnel whose core responsibilities may include conducting lube surveys, evaluating lubricants for use, problem solves lubrication issues, among other duties. Successful certification requires a base knowledge of on-the-job experience, self-study, and training.

      STLE CLS


      Both STLE and ICML offer a variety of certifications, and this brief overview of each certification is aimed at helping candidates choose which certification offers the best fit for their role. It should be noted that no certification is a prerequisite for another, meaning anyone can challenge any listed exam provided they meet the training and experience requirements.

      ICML Certifications

      Level I Machine Lubricant Technician (MLT I)Level II Machine Lubricant Technician (MLT II)Level I Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA I)Level II Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA II)
      Which fields?Machinery lubrication, engineering, mechanical maintenance and/or maintenance tradesMachinery lubrication, engineering, mechanical maintenance and/or maintenance tradesLubricant-analysis-based machinery condition monitoringLubricant-analysis-based machinery condition monitoring
      Required Experience2 years3 years1 year2 years
      Required Training16 hours32 hours16 hours24 hours
      Exam Topics
      • Maintenance Strategy
      • Lubrication Theory
      • Lubricants
      • Lubricant Selection
      • Lubricant Application
      • Preventive and Predictive Maintenance
      • Lube Condition Control
      • Lube Storage and Management
      • Maintenance Strategy
      • Lubrication Theory
      • Lubricant Formulation
      • Grease Application and Performance
      • Lubricant Selection
      • Lubricant Testing and Performance Analysis
      • Lubricant Application
      • Preventive and Predictive Maintenance
      • Lube Condition Control
      • Lube Storage and Management
      • Maintenance Strategies
      • Lubrication Theory/Fundamentals
      • Lubricant Selection
      • Lubrication Application
      • Lube Storage and Management
      • Lube Condition Control
      • Oil Sampling
      • Lubricant Health Monitoring
      • Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis
      • Lubricant roles and functions
      • Oil Analysis Maintenance Strategies
      • Oil Sampling
      • Lubricant Health Monitoring
      • Lubricant Contamination Measurement and Control
      • Wear Debris Monitoring and Analysis

      STLE Certifications

      Oil Monitoring Analyst I (OMA I)Oil Monitoring Analyst II (OMA II)Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS)
      Who is it for?Predictive maintenance professionals who oversee the oil analysis program for a shop/plantProfessionals working at the supervisory levelAn individual who might be designated a “Lubrication Engineer” by their employer
      What roles?Mechanics, engineers, operators, tradesmen, chemical managers or on-site lab personnelReliability engineers, lubrication engineers, tribologists, maintenance supervisors or onsite/commercial lab managementIndividuals from varied backgrounds, including sales and management
      Core Responsibilities
      • Responsible for oil sampling.
      • Reviews oil analysis reports and performs the correct tests.
      • Maintains overall care of equipment and maintenance actions.
      • Runs all appropriate tests and interprets the data.
      • Responsible for overall management of the oil analysis program.
      • Supervises personnel and maintains quality control.
      • Evaluates and selects lubricants to use and their purchases.
      • Conducts lube surveys.
      • Trains lubricators and assembles work list.
      • Develops quality assurance and used lubricant analysis programs.
      • Troubleshoots and problem solves lubrication issues.
      • Maintains records of all application, as well as waste collection or disposal.
      Required Experience1 year1 year3 years
      Required Training16 hours16 hoursn/a
      Exam Topics
      • Lubrication Fundamentals
      • Sampling
      • Application/Test Method
      • Data Interpretation
      • Troubleshooting
      • Lubricant Selection
      • System Configuration
      • Sampling and Analytical Methods
      • Sampling Intervals
      • Suppliers
      • Program Logistics
      • Training
      • Baseline Data
      • Limits and Alarms
      • Test Validation
      • Data Interpretation
      • Actions
      • Maintenance
      • Analysis
      • Quality
      • Safety
      • Documentation
      • Failure Analysis
      • Tribological Factors Affecting Design
      • Program Management
      • Lubrication Fundamentals
      • Fluid Conditioning
      • Storage, Handling and Application of Lubricants
      • Monitoring and Reducing Consumption of Lubricants
      • Gears
      • Bearings
      • Seals
      • Fluid Power
      • Lubricant Manufacturing
      • Pneumatics
      • Transportation Lubricants
      • Metalworking
      • Solvents and Cleaners
      • Problem Solving
      • Lubricant Analysis
      • Lubrication Programs




      T Hannigan
      Training Class and Lab Tour Exceeded Expectations

      T. Hannigan, Reliability Engineer, Power Industry

      "Just wanted to take a moment to thank ... the TestOil staff for a very informative and enjoyable couple of days. The format and content of the training was great, and the lab tour was a good chance to meet everyone involved in the analysis process, and put everything in perspective. I'll be requesting management to make future training available to the Techs. Thanks again."

      D Angle
      Training Class Made An Impact

      D. Angle, Reliability Team, Chemical Company

      "The class and tour was excellent. We are meeting tomorrow to discuss improvements to our lubrication program. We are going to push for onsite training for our mechanics and operators."

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      T. Winter, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Food Industry

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      N. Petrulak, Plant Reliability Engineer, Steel Company

      "My only regret is that I didn’t take that class sooner. You had a rock solid instructor with excellent training resources. With any luck I can justify the need to get that kind of training brought to my facility."

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