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Training and technical assistance

ISO offers training and technical assistance to its members in order to help them make the most out of international standardization. Services offered are divided into two categories, training services and technical assistance. Technical assistance is designed for ISO’s developing country members and aims to help build the capacity of national standards bodies. Training services are aimed at all members and support the development, adoption and implementation of International Standards.

Technical assistance

Technical assistance is designed for ISO’s developing country members and helps build their capacity in standardization.

International Standards represent an important source of technological know-how for developing countries and can help the transfer of new technologies. As they define the characteristics that products and services have to meet on export markets, International Standards help developing countries access new markets and take part in global trade. Helping to build capacity and increase the participation of developing country members in international standardization is one of ISO’s key objectives. Technical assistance activities are financially supported by ISO and external donors.

Read more about ISO’s work with developing countries.

Technical assistance focuses on many subjects including:

Read more about Technical Assistance, including a full list of courses and how to participate. More information can also be found in the Developing Talent publication.

Training Services

ISO offers a series of structured courses for individuals performing various roles in International Standardization. Training services are offered to all ISO members, both from developing and developed countries, and can be organised at the Central Secretariat in Geneva or at other locations on request. These courses help members in specific aspects of the development of ISO International Standards as well as their distribution. For example, courses focus on topics such as:

The majority of training services are offered free of charge but ISO cannot support members with the costs of participation, for example with transport or accommodation costs.

Read more about Training Services, including a full list of courses and how to participate.

Regular training sessions in Geneva

ISO offers a series of structured courses for individuals performing various roles in International Standardization. Read more about this year's courses held at the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva.

Related publications

Developing talent

Catalogue of ISO's technical assistance and training programmes for ISO members

ISO - A trusted partner for development donors

Explains how ISO is an effective partner for creating and implementing technical assistance and training programmes for developing countries.

Events

This document provides an overview of training and technical assistance provided by ISO in the last calendar year.