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USNC/IEC Education & Training


The USNC provides education and training resources for electrotechnical standardization and conformity assessment. If your technology is electrotechnology, then you’ve come to the right place!

The USNC and its members participate in approximately 90% of the technical work of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The USNC’s education and training resources are designed to help ensure that U.S. participants are well informed, prepared, and effective in electrotechnical standardization.

USNC Constituent Training Modules

These training modules provide resources that help standards and conformity assessment professionals within the electrotechnical industry effectively navigate the myriad processes and procedures of international standards development programs, primarily as related to work in the USNC and the IEC. These programs do not include technical training or courses on specific standards.

Target Audience

The training modules are geared toward: corporate standards professionals, members, officers, and administrators of international standards committees, subject matter experts/technical experts and accredited delegates to international meetings, USNC-approved U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) members, Technical Advisors, officers, and administrators.

Copyright Notice

The training modules below are freely available for use by constituents of the USNC/IEC. All other uses are restricted. All materials are copyrighted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Estimated Completion Time for Each Module: 20-25 Minutes

This module provides a general overview of international standardization including:

  • Definition of basic terms and concepts
  • An overview of the benefits of participation in international standardization
  • An introduction to:
    • Key international standards organizations
    • Key regional standards organizations
    • The role of the U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission (USNC/IEC)
Download Module 1

This module provides an overview of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including its membership, policy groups, and technical committee structure.

Download Module 2A

This module provides an overview of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including its membership, organizational structure, and Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs).

Download Module 2B

This module provides an overview of personnel working within the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Download Module 3A

This module provides an overview of U.S. National Committee (USNC) personnel.

Download Module 3B

This module provides an overview of the IEC standards development process, including:

  • Project development principles
  • ISO/IEC Directives
  • Project stages of IEC standards development work, documents and time frames
  • Technical Specifications, Publicly Available Specifications, and Technical Reports
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Amendments
  • Global relevance policy and procedures
  • “In Some Countries” clauses
  • Normative references
  • Double-logo standards
  • Fast-track processing
  • Fragments
Download Module 4

Educational Webinars & Presentations

The USNC periodically hosts webinars to help its members understand the importance of standardization, and to help spread the message within their own organizations. The presentations given during those webinars and related documents are available below.

This webinar is designed to give tips and advice to USNC delegates who wish to work on and improve their skills as representatives of the U.S. electrotechnical sector at IEC Technical Committee, Subcommittee, and Working Group meetings.

Participating in the development of international standards can help your company gain influence in global markets and influence domestic and international policy. But don’t just take our word for it. Representatives from Corning Incorporated, Rockwell Automation, Eaton Corporation, and General Electric share why their companies value participation in the USNC.


When young and emerging professionals get involved in standards development work, everyone wins. The individual gains valuable career skills and knowledge; the company gains depth and engagement; and the standardization community as whole benefits from fresh perspectives.


Staff Contacts

Tony Zertuche

Director, International Policy, and General Secretary, USNC/IEC




Adelana Gladstein

Program Manager



Mackenzie Connors

Program Administrator



Betty Barro

Program Administrator



Megan Pahl

Program Administrator



Debra Negron-Badillo

USNC/IEC Meetings Coordinator