Training & Events

Department of Defense (DoD)

The following Defense Acquisition University (DAU) training courses are sponsored by the Defense Standardization Program Office (DSPO) to provide educational and continuous learning opportunities to DoD personnel and defense contractors, to name a few:

Defense Standardization Program (DSP) Conferences

The DSP Conference is a bi-annual event that brings stakeholders together from all over the world to share information, engage in interactive panels and network with like-minded professionals across the standardization community. The 2024 DSP Conference will take place on August 5-8, 2024 in Tysons, VA. [Registration is Now Open]

Defense Standardization Program Office Webinars

  • Parts and Material Management Proven Processes This monthly series provides a cross-functional forum for promoting, shaping, and coordinating government and industry approaches to effective DMSMS and parts management. The series leverages subject matter experts to increase your knowledge, awareness and ability to support your program effectively. Upcoming events are listed below. Please visit DAU for a listing of previous events and recordings in the DMSMS and Parts Management Series.


    1. Obsolescence Strategy vs Action - Who Has Time to Think?, January 18, 2024 [Recording]
    2. Stop Acting Surprised - Program and Budget for DMSMS!, February 15, 2024 [Recording]
    3. Begin with the End in Mind—Technology Management, March 21, 2024 [Recording]
    4. Ideas for Enhancing DCMA Support for DMSMS and Parts Management Efforts, April 10, 2024 [Register]
    5. No Plan Ever Failed Due to Good Planning, April 18, 2024 [Register]
    6. Risk Based Approach: What Does That Mean for DMSMS and Parts Management, May 23, 2024 [Register]

Federal, State and Local Government 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) organizes workshops and educational seminars for domestic and international audiences. NIST’s Standards Services Group offers a variety of training opportunities for federal, state, and local government agencies on the fundamentals of documentary standards and conformity assessment. The goal of the NIST training activities is to inform government staff on how they can use standards and conformity assessment to support their agency programs. Each workshop is tailored to meet the specific needs of the requesting agency. For more information, please visit the NIST Standards and Trade website. NIST also offers information about training offered by Government Agencies related to standards and conformity assessment.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

The following courses are designed to introduce attendees to standardization and to prepare them to represent the United States at NATO Working Groups.

Private Industry

The e-Learning courses shown below are free and provided as a public service of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI):

  • An Introduction To Standards: Why, Where, and How are they Developed?
  • What is an American National Standard (ANS) Anyway?
  • Leadership Strategies and Skills: The Fundamentals
  • U.S. Delegates to International Activities: Roles and Responsibilities
  • ISO Working Group Convenor Training
  • USNC/IEC Education and Training Resources

Additionally, there are required training courses for Committee Managers of ISO Committees and Secretaries of U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) (These courses are limited to individuals who serve in these roles, registration is required).

  • U.S. TAG Operations Training Course
  • ISO Secretariat Operation Training Course
  • ISO Directives Updates

For more information or to take one of the free ANSI courses, please visit the ANSI Training page.


On September 23, 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense updated the DoD conference guidance to make conference attendance and participation by DoD employees easier. Please review the official guidance memo for additional details. [Read Memo]