Understanding friction, lubrication and wear

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Please note that all our courses, whether face-to-face or on-line on Zoom, will depend on numbers and government regulations. 

Download the 2021/22 SAIT Courses Registration Form Here.

Applicable to ALL SAIT Training Courses:

Our courses are registered with ECSA; Introductory 1-day courses carry 0.8 CPD Credits, while the 5-day Lubrication Engineering courses carry 4 CPD Credits

Registration closes a week before the starting date of each course; please book early to ensure your position. Payment to the SAIT is due on receipt of invoice; registration will be confirmed when Proof of Payment or a Purchase Order Number is received.

A fee of R500 will be charged if registration is cancelled within ten days of the course. Substitute delegates are welcome.

Please note that photographs will be taken during the course and published in the SAIT Newsletter and on the SAIT Website.

Students need to send proof of full-time registration at a recognized learning institution with their registration forms.

In-house courses will be considered on request.

Contact us at either admin@sait.org.za or secretary@sait.org.za for full details and registration forms.

Course Numbers

Course Dates

‘Live’ or ‘Online’


LE 129:

10-14 May 2021



LE 130:

7-11 June 2021



LE 131:

26-30 July 2021



LE 132 (e?):

To be confirmed – either Zoom (9 mornings) or Cape Town (5 days)

23-26 Aug &

30 Aug – 3 Sept if Online – OR

30 Aug – 3 Sept if Live




Cape Town

LE 133:

18-22 Oct 2021



LE 134:

21-25 Feb 2022




Introductory Courses:

ILE 1e completed 30 March 2021

IWM 1e Postponed Indefinitely.

SAIT Members: R4 200

Non-Members: R6 325

Students: R1 035 - Must give proof of registration at a recognized Learning Institution

Lubrication Engineering Courses:

SAIT Members: R18 745

Non-Members: R21 275

Students: R5 750Must give proof of registration at a recognized Learning Institution

The STLE’s CLS, OMA and CMFS Examinations No Longer Hosted by The SAIT as They are now Available Online.

Understanding Friction, Lubrication and Wear

  • Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS): Although not compulsory, it is highly recommended that you first attend the SAIT five-day ‘Lubrication Engineering’ course. A distinction of 75% is a good indication of success in the CLS exam, where the standard is high and the pass mark is 70%. The recommended books for the CLS exam are the STLE Alberta Section ‘Basic Handbook of Lubrication’ Third Edition, and/or the AIST ‘The Lubrication Engineers Manual’ Fourth Edition.
  • Oil Monitoring Analyst (OMA I and OMA II)
  • Certified Metalworking Fluids Specialist (CMFS)

A significant amount of study is required for these exams, so it is advisable that candidates make an early start. Recommended reading for all modules is on the STLE website under “Professional Development”.

Tel. (+27) (0)11 804 3710 or email admin@sait.org.za.

SAIT CLS Study Overview: This is a two-day event, with several weeks of email contact preceding the event; a CLS Specialist from the SAIT will run this event if sufficient SAIT Members request it. Ideally this should be for groups of SAIT Members who wish to write the CLS Exam, to assist with preparation. 

Members should contact Isabel or Berice at admin@sait.org.za to request the Overview be set up. 

South African Institute of Tribology

Understanding lubrication, friction and wear


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