Understanding friction, lubrication and wear

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South African Institute for Tribology

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Follow the path from data to information and into knowledge.


We will not be running Zoom Courses for the Remainder of 2021/22.

Please note that all our courses will depend on numbers and government regulations. 

The SAIT continually reviews the content of its courses, to allow for and encourage a better understanding of tribology. Changes to the Lubrication Engineering course will be implemented from March 2022 onwards.

LE 133: 

18-22 October 2021 face to face Johannesburg. Completed. 

RESULTS: 4 x distinctions, average mark for the group of 16, 63%.

LE 134: 

21-25 February 2022 face to face Johannesburg - Bookings are open for LE 134, Book as Soon as Possible to Ensure YOUR place on this course! Download the LE 134 Registration Form Here. For Registration Purposes, please note that the SAIT Offices will be closed from 30 November 2021 to 17 January 2022. 

Costs for LE 134:

Lubrication Engineering Courses:

SAIT Members: R18 745

Non-Members: R21 275

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

In-house courses are considered on request.

Proposed Lubrication Engineering Courses for 2022/23.

ILE 2e: 1 day30 March 2022ZoomOnline
IWM 2e: 1 day31 March 2022ZoomOnline
LE 135: 5 days9 – 13 May 2022Face to FaceJohannesburg
LE 136: 5 days6 – 10 June 2022Face to FaceDurban
LE 137: 5 days22 – 26 Aug 2022Face to Face or Zoom

Cape Town,Online or Jo’burg - TBA

LE 138: 5 days 17 – 21 Oct 2022Face to FaceJohannesburg
LE 139: 5 Days20 – 24 Feb 2022Face to FaceJohannesburg

Costs for 2022-23 Courses, including 15% VAT:

Lubrication Engineering Courses
SAIT Members R19 688,00
Non-Members R22 356,00
Full-time Students: please provide proof of full-time registration at a recognized College or University R6 049,00
1-day Introductory Courses - Lube Eng and Wear & Materials
SAIT Members R7 015,00
Non-Members R8 211,00
Full-time Students: please provide proof of full-time registration at a recognized College or University R1 817,00

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 3.8 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.


The SAIT is Affiliated with the American



The CLS, OMA, and CMFS Exams are available online for SAIT Members at https://www.stle.org/

One of the benefits of SAIT Private Membership is STLE Membership.


The SAIT will arrange a 2-day preparation session for the CLS exams, call the SAIT CLS Study Overview, when a viable number of delegates request this. Please contact Isabel at secretary@sait.org.za or Berice at admin@sait.org.za.

  • 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”.

You will need to be a registered, paid-up member of the SAIT, with its built-in membership of STLE, before you write these exams.

SAIT CLS Study Overview Can Be Arranged

Contact Isabel at secretary@sait.org.za,

or Berice at admin@sait.org.za.

If you are interested in participating in a SAIT CLS Study Overview 6 months before writing the CLS Exams on-line, we will arrange it for you.

Please note that before participating in the overview, you will need to spend time on a large amount of preparatory self-study and reading. Such an Overview will only go ahead if enough people wish to attend – PLEASE CONTACT US at either secretary@sait.org.za or admin@sait.org.za

South African Institute of Tribology

Understanding lubrication, friction and wear


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