Why You Should Keep Your ICML Certification Up to Date

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

Every certification from the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) is hard-earned. Before becoming certified, candidates must meet both experience and training requirements, as well as pass a three-hour examination testing their skills with a series of 100 multiple-choice questions covering the body of knowledge for that specific certification type.

Your certification shows that you are a professional with the ability to successfully utilize machinery lubrication and/or oil analysis. So why would anyone allow his or her ICML credentials to lapse? While certification is valid for three years from the date of issue, it is crucial that you keep your certification up to date.

The recertification process is based on a points system, so if you have kept your skills current, chances are no retesting is necessary. If you do not recertify within the grace period, the only way to maintain your ICML certification status will be to retake the exam.

Recertification Points System

Individuals must recertify their competency every three years. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that individuals keep their skills current and up to date. An application for recertification must be received in order to recertify by points. All points must be earned during the time the certification is in effect.

Points earned before or after the certification period will not be accepted. Points may be applied to multiple ICML certifications held by the individual, assuming that the points are applicable and approved for each individual recertification.

To recertify by points, individuals must accumulate 15 recertification points over the three-year period. Points may be claimed using the criteria in the table below. If a candidate’s only source of recertification points is employment, the extra three points required may be earned via participation in employment-related best-practice activities, as per the criteria below.

  • Lube-related failure elimination and/or prevention activities
  • Lube procedure and best-practices development
  • Lube program auditing tasks
  • Lube specification development
  • Lube-related work management system development

Criteria of Acceptability

  • Employment - Employment must be in a field related to industrial lubrication and/or oil analysis.
  • Training - Training topics related to oil analysis, lubrication or other topics important to effective equipment maintenance and management will be accepted.
  • Article Publication - Articles published in journals, magazines, books or proceedings should be related to a topic within the body of knowledge for oil analysis, lubrication, or equipment maintenance or management.
  • Conference Attendance - Conference topics related to oil analysis, lubrication or other topics important to effective equipment maintenance and management will be accepted.

If your certification has expired or is about to expire, don’t delay; contact ICML today at www.lubecouncil.org.


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