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In today’s fast-paced technological environment, product training and expertise are vital to both an individual’s and organization’s success. Skills developed through training help you make sure that applications are coded correctly the first time, leading to shorter development times and reduced project failure risk.

 

The NI Training and Certification Membership Program ensures maximum skill development at the best value by offering you unlimited access to NI courses and certification exams for one or two years at one low price. If you require only a limited number of courses in a shorter period of time, a six-month membership is also available. If you purchase a membership within 90 days of taking a course, you may deduct the price of that course from the membership purchase price.

 

>> Read about the different membership options and pricing.

Designated for groups developing medical device test systems (design validation, manufacturing test) or manufacturing automation with NI products, this new training course will teach you how to navigate regulatory requirements and business demands when using LabVIEW software for test and automation in regulatory markets.

 

Key objectives for this course include:

  • Developing an understanding of the regulatory requirements in this area
  • Exploring best practices for using standards and application life cycle processes
  • Learning the GAMP 5 risk-based approach for developing test applications
  • Examining NI tools and techniques to simplify testing and documentation requirements for your applications

 

>> Learn more about prerequisites and view the course outline here.

Money in the bank. That’s what we’re talking about at NI. And that’s what you’ll have when you enroll in one of the training courses or certification exams available at NIWeek 2011. With savings up to $100 on 12 exams and $1,099 on six courses, these training options will build and validate your development skills without draining your wallet.  Here’s the run-down: 

 

Start your NIWeek experience off with a bang. Gain in-depth product knowledge, learn best practices for developing applications, and earn 1.4 continuing education units (CEUs) by taking one of the following training courses. All options are two-day modules running from Sunday, July 31 to Monday, August 1:

 

  • Object-Oriented Design and Programming in LabVIEW
  • RF Application Development (condensed)
  • Managing Software Engineering in LabVIEW
  • NI TestStand II
  • LabVIEW Real-Time 2
  • LabVIEW Connectivity

 

Put your skills to the test. Certification and one-hour recertification exams are available for NI TestStand, NI LabVIEW software, and NI LabWindows™/CVI. Exam prep courses are offered at no additional cost.

 

Certification Exam Prep Courses:

  • Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD): Monday, August 1, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA): Monday, August 1, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

 

Exam Schedule:

 

Exam Name
Monday, August 1
Tuesday, August 2 - Thursday, August 4
Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified LabVIEW Architect Recertification (CLA-R)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified LabVIEW Developer Recertification (CLD-R)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified TestStand Architect (CTA)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified TestStand Developer (CTD)

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA)
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD)
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Certified LabWindows/CVI Developer (CCVID)
1:00-5:00 p.m.

 

 

>> Seating is limited, so register today.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.

We've all heard that calibration is important. Quality policies require it, government agencies mandate it, and international standards bodies oversee it. However, for all the attention that it generates, understanding why calibration is such a big deal can sometimes be difficult. The benefits of calibrating regularly and the costs of not calibrating can sometimes be hidden or far removed from the calibration process. So, to help explain why calibration is so very important, NI has assembled the top 5 reasons to calibrate your NI hardware.

 

Read the article.

GE Energy needed to quickly update and expand a 12-year-old functional test system. They decided to build a project team with a core of certified NI LabVIEW and NI TestStand Developers and Architects to minimize development time and ensure a scalable and supportable system update.

 

Although they had not previously used National Instruments software, the team chose LabVIEW and NI TestStand because they could train new users on the tools quickly and cost-effectively, making it feasible for multiple engineers to gain the skills necessary to support the tester.

 

The management team needed to hire someone who could both architect a solution in LabVIEW and lead the project team. After evaluating several candidates based on these criteria, the team selected David Hakey, an  NI Certified LabVIEW Architect (CLA). The CLA certification gave the GE management team confidence that Hakey had the LabVIEW skill level and the project management background necessary to move quickly to develop a scalable tester.

 

Hakey recommended an approach for the test system with an automated testing mode for normal use and an interactive testing mode for debugging. Shortly after finalizing the design, he began the search for additional team members to help implement the test system. While many candidates spoke of LabVIEW experience on their resumes, it was the LabVIEW and NI TestStand certifications that indicated to him that a candidate truly had the skills and knowledge to be successful.

 

>> Read the full case study.

If you didn't have the opportunity to attend an NI Developer Days event in your area, you can still download the presentations and take advantage of this unique training opportunity.

 

2011 topics include:

 

- Building Advanced User Interfaces in LabVIEW (Part II)

- Software Development Best Practices and Source Code Management

- Object-Oriented Design Patterns (Advanced)

- Data Communication in LabVIEW

- Performance and Memory Management in LabVIEW

 

Download the presentations here.

Hach Company, based in Loveland, Colorado, manufactures and distributes analytical instruments and reagents used to test the quality of water and other aqueous solutions. At Hach, Leah Martinez was managing a team of test engineers using NI LabVIEW when she identified an urgent need for training. She worked with her National Instruments account manager to decide the best fit for Hach’s needs was on-site training classes for both LabVIEW and NI TestStand software.

 

“Most of the team had been using LabVIEW for some time and felt comfortable with the basics,” says Martinez. However, after a large project came through, it became clear that there were some knowledge gaps. “LabVIEW is an easy language to pick up, but we discovered a couple of things we were doing that didn’t scale well,” she said.

 

On-site LabVIEW training was an excellent way to efficiently train a group of programmers at one time while providing the flexibility for them to ask questions throughout the course that were specific to their applications.

 

Read the full case study to learn more about how Martinez's team benefited from on-site training.

National Instruments recently hosted the second annual CLA Summit at the corporate headquarters in Austin, TX.  The Summit saw 38% growth in attendance from last year with 50 attendees.  This event is an excellent opportunity to learn about LabVIEW, network with peers, and meet NI engineers and executives.  Read more about the event as described by one attendee, posted at

http://blog.jkisoft.com/events/5-reasons-you-shouldnt-miss-the-cla-summit-next-y ear/

NI recently released two new training courses covering LabVIEW Real-Time.  LabVIEW Real-Time 1& 2 will replace the previous LabVIEW Real-Time Application Development course.  Both courses are two-day classroom courses or three half-day online courses.

 

LabVIEW Real-Time 1 introduces the concepts of real-time development including determining when a real-time operating system is needed and identifying the hardware architecture of a real-time system.  Students will be able to get hands on experience setting up real-time hardware and software using CompactRIO and LabVIEW Real-Time.  In addition, LabVIEW Real-Time 1 covers hardware and software timing, communication techniques, performance verification and deploying a real-time application.

 

LabVIEW Real-Time 2 starts off having students look at application and design requirements for a real-time system.  Students then learn more advanced data sharing and communication methods before moving on to learn techniques to improve the reliability of a real-time application.  Finally, the course covers benchmarking, validation, and optimization.

 

See the course details here.

This is the third on-demand training module in the LabVIEW 2010 New Features series. In this module, you will learn about network streams and when they should be used instead of shared variables.You will also learn how to use network streams in LabVIEW.

 

Login to the Services Resource Center and view the third of these on-demand training modules.  On-Demand Training is included with your Standard Service Program (SSP) membership - one year of which is automatically included in your purchase of LabVIEW 2010.