Skills and learning


When it comes to measurement training, we set the standard

Measurement and calibration training

NPL is committed to sharing its expertise with industry to build and enhance its measurement skills and capabilities. Metrology, the science of measurement, enables employees to apply good practice, question and improve processes and has a direct impact on productivity and profitability.

We work with companies who require absolute confidence in their measurements and sensing applications, across all industry sectors. Our training covers the importance of metrology, advancements in measurement science and the application of good measurement practices.

As one of the world’s leading National Measurement Institutes and a recognised centre of excellence, NPL’s training courses and qualifications across a range of subjects are available at different technical skills levels. Our courses sit within a unique training framework which enables progression and recognition.

We have a wide range of courses covering:

  • Uncertainty in measurement
  • Dimensional measurements
  • Lasers, lamps and LEDs
  • Radiation
  • Geometrical tolerancing
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Mass, force and pressure
  • CMM verification
  • Electrical measurements

We offer a flexible learning approach, to suit individual learning styles. We offer classroom courses, e-learning or a combination of both (blended). You can attend courses, which run all over the country, or we can come to you.

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Upcoming classroom courses

Our classroom courses encourage behavioural changes that can generate a return on investment. Creating a culture where staff can plan, question and then make decisions, leads to reduced costs. Take a look at what is coming up over the next couple of months.

Upcoming courses

Training for apprentices

NPL apprenticeships deliver measurement skills for a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing. We have created a Level 3 training programme to support the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education’s Metrology Technician Standard, which is the ideal route into skilled employment for technicians working in research, laboratories or measurement and quality related roles.

Whether you are an employer, training provider or someone interested in studying a metrology focused apprenticeship, we can help you.

We are a government approved apprenticeship training provider, and we deliver apprenticeship training to levy paying employers in England via the apprenticeship service. The Level 3 Metrology Technician Standard was approved for delivery in August 2017 and is the first nationally recognised standard in metrology, the science of measurement.

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Benefit from e-learning

Our e-learning programme delivers measurement training to help provide confidence, value and performance from your measurement systems.

  • Save time – reduce time away from the job and fit training into busy work schedules
  • Save money – save travel costs and adjust training to your own schedule
  • Take the classroom with you – have your lessons anytime, anywhere
  • Control your learning – sequence your own learning and access only the materials you require
  • Own your progression – assess your progress and receive immediate feedback

Try our free taster courses, so you can see how e-learning courses can help your business.

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Bespoke training

Our bespoke training courses give you a tailored training course to address your skills needs. We listen to what you need, design and deliver the course, then review the impact with you. We can implement a company-wide suite of training, address various technical skills gaps and ensure the evolution of qualified and experienced workforce.

Case study

Training helps improve quality control and customer satisfaction


Case study

Measurement training improves efficiency for Lockheed Martin


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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer services team on +44 20 8943 7070