NIST Seminar – N04 (Monday 3/10 – Tuesday 3/11 8:00AM – 5:00PM) REGISTER NOW
N04: Train the Trainer:  Designing Training for High Performance – 2 days

Presenters: Georgia Harris1, Vernon Alt, Jr.2

1Office of Weights and Measures, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD 20899
2Northrop Grumman Corporation, Baltimore, MD, 21090


Taking subject matter experts (SME) and simply assigning them to a training function is a common strategy when implementing training.  Most SMEs in the measurement sciences are good measurement professionals but don’t necessarily have an educational background.  Ongoing professional development of our SMEs in the area of adult educational concepts and methods is critical for 1) designing and implementing effective training; and 2) having an adequate number of trainers or metrologists with training skills to develop the next generation of metrology professionals. This two-day tutorial will cover some essential training design concepts and provide an opportunity to practice what is learned.

Intended Audience:  training designers and presenters

Pre-work: identify a specific class or module you would like to create or update (think about a 30 min presentation or a 1 to 2 hour webinar, or a 4 hour tutorial)

Bring: electronic resources from your class/module along with a laptop for you to work on during the session

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this two day session, using notes and provided resources, participants will be able to:

  • Describe educational models and concepts (e.g., ADDIE model, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Teaching Styles, Adult Learning Methods, Partnership Model, Job Task Analysis);
  • Analyze performance and learning objectives;
  • Write clear and effective learning objectives, analyze learning objectives for others;
  • Identify and select suitable openers, closers, and other learning activities, create and demonstrate a learning activity, and provide feedback on others’ activities; and
  • Identify applicable methods to assess student learning during the training event.

NOTE: This class is a repeat of the 2012 Train the Trainer tutorial.

For further information, contact:

Georgia Harris,, 301-975-4014
Vernon Alt, Jr.,, 410-765-3293


Seminar Developer(s) Biography:

 Georgia Harris began her work in metrology in 1985, working as the State Metrologist in Minnesota.  She moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1990 and is a Program Leader in the Office of Weights and Measures.  Georgia is responsible for the evaluation and recognition of the State weights and measures laboratories and the ongoing training and proficiency testing of State weights and measures metrologists.

Georgia is a past Vice President for Learning and Development on the NCSL International Board of Directors. She has promoted and taught Train the Trainer sessions throughout the metrology community and has published numerous papers and articles on training and education. She was also the NIST Liaison for the MSC-NIST Tutorials for over 10 years.

Areas of expertise:

  • Weights and measures
  • Calibrations for mass, length, volume
  • Proficiency testing
  • ISO/IEC 17025, 17043
  • Education and training



  • BA, University of Minnesota, Moorhead, MN (Biology, minor Chemistry)
  • MS, Johns Hopkins, Whiting School of Engineering, Baltimore, MD (Technical Management)



  • Max J. Unis Award, ASQ – Measurement Quality Division, 2011
  • Bronze Medal Award, NIST, 2008 (and 1992)
  • NCSLI “Best Paper” Award, Invited Track, 2007
  • Arthur S. Flemming Award, 2004 (for 2003)
  • Algie Lance “Best Paper” Co-Award, MSC, 2003
  • Andrew J. Woodington Award, MSC, 1997


Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Division of Experimental and Laboratory Oriented Studies, Division Director at Large
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ) – Measurement Quality Division (MQD), member
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) – Committee E41
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), member
  • Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS), Personnel Certification Committee, member
  • International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), member
  • National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM), member
  • NCSL International, Past President (and 20-year member of the Board of Directors)


Vernon Alt learned calibration in the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. After serving 2 years in Germany on a mobile calibration team he joined Litton Systems as a calibration technician. During his time at Litton he rose through the ranks of Technician to Calibration Engineer, Metrology Engineer and Program Manager.  After the merger of Litton with Northrop Grumman, he became a Lab Manager at the BWI facility and is currently the Calibration Quality Manager with responsibilities for training. Vernon has participated in numerous Train-the-Trainer sessions and is the NCSL International Vice President for Learning and Development.