Obtain NTEP Certification

1)  Complete the appropriate NTEP Application.  Submit to NCWM (with payment included).

  • The NTEP Administrator will review the application and determine if testing is necessary.
  • The application is assigned a Control Number (CN) and a laboratory to conduct the evaluation.
  • The applicant will receive notification of the CN along with information regarding the laboratory assignment from NCWM.

2)  At this time, the applicant will communicate directly with the laboratory.  Please use the CN as a reference to your application.

  • The lab and applicant will discuss testing requirements, deposit requirements and schedule a delivery of the device to the lab and/or to a field site for performance and permanence testing.
  • The lab will process each device on a first come, first serve basis.
  • NOTE:  For your application to remain open, you must contact the assigned laboratory within thirty (30) days of the initial notification from NCWM.
  • NOTE: The device must be available for evaluation within ninety (90) days of the initial notification from NCWM.
  • NOTE:  If the above obligations are not met, NTEP will close your application.  This will require you to submit a new application (and fees) to renew the process.

3)  Once the device has passed the lab evaluation, the lab personnel will draft a Certificate of Conformance (CC).

  • The NTEP Administrator will review and approve all data.  Once approved, the CC will be posted on the NTEP CC Database.
  • The applicant will be notified via email that the CC is active.  NCWM does not issue paper certificates.  It is your responsibility to print the CC for your own records.

4)  To keep your NTEP Certification in Active status, you must pay your NTEP Annual Maintenance Fees:

NCWM charges an annual maintenance fee for all active Certificates of Conformance. By paying the maintenance fee, the manufacturer declares intent to continue manufacturing the device and agrees to the terms and conditions for renewal of the National Type Evaluation Program Certificates of Conformance. Maintenance fees are invoiced each year on October 1.

If Paid Before November 30:

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $155/per certificate
  • Non-Member Rate:  $230/per certificate

If Paid After November 30:

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $230/per certificate
  • Non-Member Rate:  $340/per certificate

Part 1:  Before You Begin

  • Member Discounts
  • Fees
    • NTEP Application Fees (link)
    • NTEP Lab Fees (link)
  • Application Types:  Administrative, Grain Analyzer, Measuring, Weighing
  • Methods to Apply
    • Online vs. PDF
  • Accompanying Material:  Consider providing any of the following with your application
    • Photos of device
    • Owners Manual
    • Installation Manual
    • Blueprints

Part 2:  Processing Your Application

Administrative Review:  Once an application is submitted, the NTEP Administrator reviews the application to verify its accuracy.  Applicants may be contacted for further information or clarification.

Payment Processing:  Funds must be received by NCWM before an application is processed.  The Certificate Processing Fee is refundable in the event an application is closed without the issuance of a Certificate of Conformance (CC).

Lab Assignment:  The NTEP Administrator will assign the application to an Authorized NTEP Laboratory for evaluation. NOTE:  NTEP Labs have their own fees (separate from NTEP Application Fees).  NTEP Staff will notify the application of the assignment via email along with a receipt.


Part 3:  Evaluation Process

Communication:  Once the application is assigned to a lab, it is the applicants responsibility to communicate directly with the lab personnel throughout the evaluation process.

Participation:  If the applicant wishes to be present during the evaluation, you should make arrangements directly with the lab.

Time to Evaluate:  The time frame for evaluation completion is dependent on lab workload, device type, and if any corrective measures are required to achieve compliance.  Please discuss progress and expectations directly with the lab.

Failures/Corrections:  If an evaluation is delayed due to failures requiring corrective measures by the applicant, you have ninety (90) days to resubmit the corrected device. If not, the evaluation will be placed on hold.  Upon a fourth failure, the NTEP Administrator may close the application.


Part 4:  Issuing the NTEP Certificate of Conformance

Reviewing the Draft:  Applicants have the option to submit a Draft Certificate.  This option is exercised by those applicants with extensive knowledefe of certificate content and formatting.  Otherwise, the certificate is typically drafted by the lab (fees may apply).  The laboratory and the applicant will review the draft to the satisfaction of each.  Final review is performed by the NTEP Administrator prior to publishing. The applicant may bear responsibility for errors on published certificates.  Please review carefully.

Publishing:  NTEP Staff provide an electronic copy of the final Certificate via email and publish it to the NCWM website.  Certificates are retrievable for viewing and download by the general public through an online NTEP Database Search.

NTEP Fees

NTEP Fees support the administrative and technical activities of NTEP. 

  • All application fees are due at the time of submission to NCWM. 
  • Applications will remain on hold until all funds are received.
  • NTEP Lab Evaluation hourly rates and fees are not included in NTEP Fees.  These are separate fees assessed by the assiged lab.

Application Fees

All application fees are due at the time the application is submitted to NCWM.  Applications will remain on hold until all funds are received.  This fee is non-refundable.  Excludes Non-Technical Editorial Change, Private Label, Reactivation, and Sale of Company applications.

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $800
  • Non-Member Rate:  $1,200

Certificate Processing Fees

All fees are due at the time the application is submitted to NCWM.  Applications will remain on hold until all funds are received.  This fee is refundable if a device fails a lab evaluation or the application is closed by request.

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $150
  • Non-Member Rate:  $225

Certificate Drafting Fees

This fee applies only to NTEP Private Label Applications

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $350
  • Non-Member Rate:  $525

Annual Maintenance Fees

NCWM charges an annual maintenance fee for all active Certificates of Conformance. By paying the maintenance fee, the manufacturer declares intent to continue manufacturing the device and agrees to the terms and conditions for renewal of the National Type Evaluation Program Certificates of Conformance. Maintenance fees are invoiced each year on October 1.

If Paid Before November 30:

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $155/per certificate
  • Non-Member Rate:  $230/per certificate

If Paid After November 30:

  • NCWM Member Rate:  $230/per certificate
  • Non-Member Rate:  $340/per certificate

NTEP Authorized Laboratories

All fees are subject to change. These fees are updated on a regular basis in conjunction with the latest edition of NCWM Publication 14. The hourly rates do not include other related charges such as travel, equipment, expenses and Certificate of Conformance drafting fees, (if applicable).


CALIFORNIA

Lab and Field Testing

Measuring Devices

Contact Information: John Roach, California Division of Measurement Standards
6790 Florin Perkins Road, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95828
P. (916) 229-3456  |  E. john.roach@cdfa.ca.gov

Weighing Devices

Contact Information: Cinthia Reyes, California Division of Measurement Standards
6790 Florin Perkins Road, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95828
P. (916) 229-3054  |  E. cinthia.reyes@cdfa.ca.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation:

Measuring Devices Weighing Devices
  • Card Reader
  • Cryogenic Liquid Measuring Device
  • Console Controller
  • ECR/POS Interfaced with RMFD
  • Hydrocarbon Gas Measuring Device
  • Hydrogen Gas Vapor Measuring Device
  • Meter Indicating Mass
  • Meter Indicating Volume
  • Register
  • Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser
  • Taximeter
  • Water Meter
  • Automatic Bulk Weighing System
  • Automatic Weighing System
  • Belt-Conveyor Scale
  • Card Reader
  • Computing Scale
  • Crane Scale
  • ECR Interfaced with Scale
  • Equal Arm Scale
  • Grain Test Scale
  • Hanging Scale
  • Hopper Scale
  • Indicating Element
  • Non-Computing Scale
  • Point-of-Sale Scale
  • Point-of-Sale System
  • Scale System Controller
  • Weigh-In/Weigh-Out System
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element

Rate:  California Fee Schedule


Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS)

Lab and Field Testing

FGIS - Chicago, IL

Contact Information: Marcus Harwitz, USDA, AMS, FGIS
5800 W 69th Street Chicago, IL 60638
P. (708) 458-0655  |  F. (708) 458-0749 |  E. marcus.harwitz@ams.usda.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation: Weighing Devices

  • Automatic Bulk Weighing System
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element

Rates: $92.90/per day  |  $557.30 (test car usage, plus expenses)

FGIS - Kansas City, MO

Contact Information: Jason Jordan, USDA, AMS, FGIS
10383 N Ambassador Drive Kansas City, MO 64153
P. (816) 891-0475  |  F. (816) 891-8070  |  E. jason.m.jordan@ams.usda.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation: Grain Analyzers

Rate: $83.20/per hour


KANSAS

Lab and Field Testing

Contact Information: Robert Meadows, Kansas Department of Agriculture
1320 Research Park Drive Manhattan, KS 66502
P. (785) 564-6681  |  F. (785) 564-6779  |  E. robert.meadows@ks.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation: Weighing Devices

  • Crane Scale
  • Hopper Scale
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element

Rate: $150/per hour


MARYLAND

Lab and Field Testing

Contact Information: Zacharias Tripoulas, Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway Annapolis, MD 21401
P. (410) 841-5790  |  F. (410) 841-2765  |  E. zacharias.tripoulas@maryland.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation: Weighing Devices

  • Automatic Bulk Weighing System
  • Automatic Weighing System
  • Belt Scale
  • Computing Scale
  • Crane Scale
  • ECR Interfaced with Scale
  • Equal Arm Scale
  • Grain Test Scale
  • Hanging Scale
  • Hopper Scale
  • Indicating Element
  • Monorail Scale
  • Non-Computing Scale
  • Onboard Weighing System
  • Point-of-Sale Scale
  • Point-of-Sale System
  • Scale System Controller
  • Weigh-In/Weigh-Out System
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element

Rates: $100/per hour

  • Environmental Chamber Services: $350/per device
  • Endurance Testing: $125/per device
  • Large Scale Test Unit: $300/per day

MEASUREMENT CANADA

Contact Information: Nathan Fowler, Measurement Canada
151 Tunney's Pasture Driveway Ottawa, ON K1A 0C9
P. (613) 952-0612  |  F. (613) 952-1754  |  E. nathan.fowler@canada.ca

Rate: $60/per hour


NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WEIGHTS AND MEASURES (NCWM)

Testing in Field or Manufacturer's Facility

Contact Information: 

Darrell Flocken, NCWM, NTEP Administrator
1135 M Street, Suite 110 Lincoln, NE 68508
P. (614) 620-6134  |  F. (402) 434-4878  |  E. darrell.flocken@ncwm.net

Mike Manheim, NCWM, NTEP Specialist
1135 M Street, Suite 110 Lincoln, NE 68508
P. (402) 434-4873  |  F. (402) 434-4878  |  E. mike.manheim@ncwm.net

Authorized Area of Evaluation: Weighing and Measuring Devices

Rate: $150/per hour


NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST) FORCE GROUP

Lab Testing Only

Contact Information: Kevin Chesnutwood, National Institute of Standards and Technology
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8222 Gaithersburg, MD 20899
P. (301) 975-6653  |  F. (301) 948-6474  |  E. kevin.chesnutwood@nist.gov

Authorized Area of Evaluation: Weighing Device

  • Load Cells

Rates:
1 Load Cell = $8,274
2 Load Cells* = $12,587
Re-analysis = $1,235

*Note: The phrase "2 Load Cells" means 2 load cells of the same model and capacity, submitted together.


NEW YORK

Lab and Field Testing

Contact Information: Eric Morabito, New York State Bureau of Weights and Measures
10B Airline Drive Albany, NY 12235
P. (518) 457-3452  |  F. (518) 457-2552  |  E. eric.morabito@agriculture.ny.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation:

 Measuring Devices  Weighing Devices
  • Taximeter
  • Automatic Bulk Weighing System
  • Automatic Weighing Systems
  • Card Reader
  • Computing Scale
  • Crane Scale
  • ECR Interfaced with Scale
  • Hanging Scale
  • Hopper Scale
  • Indicating Element
  • Non-Computing Scale
  • On-board Weighing System
  • Point-of-Sale Scale
  • Point-of-Sale System
  • Scale System Controller
  • Weigh-In/Weigh-Out System
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element

Rate: $75/per hour


NORTH CAROLINA

Lab and Field Testing

Contact Information: Chad Parker, North Carolina Department of Agriculture
1050 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699
P. (919) 218- 0917  |  F. (919) 715-0524  |  E. chad.parker@ncagr.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation: Measuring Devices

  • Card Reader
  • Console Controller
  • ECR/POS Interfaced with RMFD
  • Meter Indicating Mass
  • Meter Indicating Volume
  • Register
  • Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser

Rate: $100/per hour


OHIO

Lab and Field Testing

Contact Information: Fran Elson-Houston, Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 E Main Street Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
P. (614) 728-6290  |  F. (614) 728-6424  |  E. fran.elson-houston@agri.ohio.gov

Authorized Areas of Evaluation:

Measuring Devices Weighing Devices
  • Multiple Dimension Measuring Device
  • Automatic Bulk Weighing System
  • Automatic Weighing System
  • Card Reader
  • Computing Scale
  • Crane Scale
  • ECR Interfaced with Scale
  • Equal Arm Scale
  • Grain Test Scale
  • Hanging Scale
  • Hopper Scale
  • Indicating Element
  • Monorail Scale
  • Non-Computing Scale
  • Onboard Weighing System
  • Point-of-Sale Scale
  • Point-of-Sale System
  • Scale System Controller
  • Weigh-In/Weigh-Out System
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element

Rate: $130/per hour


OREGON

Lab and Field Testing

Contact Information: Nathan Gardner, Oregon Department of Agriculture
635 Capitol Street NE Salem OR 97301
P. (503) 881-4586  |  F. (503) 986-4784  |  E. ngardner@oda.state.or.us

Authorized Areas of Evaluation: Weighing Devices

  • Crane Scale
  • Field Test of Belt Scales
  • Hopper Scale
  • Weighing/Load Receiving Element