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Overview of the ISO System

Course Outline

Never before has the importance of standardization been greater as we enter an era of an ever-expanding global economy. Companies, large or small, view standards not only as the key to guiding their product development, quality or environmental compliance, but also as an imperative in competing successfully in the global marketplace. This course discusses who ISO is, why standards matter, what "international standardization" means, and how ISO standards benefit society. It also helps engineers, architects and land surveyors gain an insight into how ISO operates and how ISO standards are developed. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

Course Content

In this course, you will be directed to the website of the ISO to study the following document:

Overview of the ISO System
(HTML file)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study.

Course Summary

ISO standards are a critical component of a global economy. Standardization benefits not only businesses and governments, but consumers and our planet as well. In short, standardization makes our work more productive and keeps our life simpler.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following web pages:

International Organization for Standardization - ISO
Consumers and standards : partnership for a better world
American National Standards Institute - ANSI


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.