Certified Lubrication Specialist™  

What is a Lubrication Specialist?

A Lubrication Specialist is an individual who might be designated a "Lubrication Engineer" by his/her employer. However, it is not limited to this designation, as individuals from varied backgrounds, including sales and management, opt to become CLS certified to increase their credibility/standards.

A Lubrication Specialist's Core Responsibilities

  • Evaluates and selects lubricants to use and their purchases.
  • Conducts lube surveys.
  • Trains lubricators and assembles work list.
  • Develops quality assurance and used lubricant analysis programs.
  • Troubleshoots and problem solves lubrication issues.
  • Maintains records of all application, as well as waste collection or disposal.

Requirements for Taking the CLS Exam

  • Three years of experience working in the field of lubrication

Exam Topics

  • Lubrication Fundamentals
  • Fluid Conditioning
  • Storage, Handling and Application of Lubricants
  • Monitoring and Reducing Consumption of Lubricants
  • Gears
  • Bearings
  • Seals
  • Fluid Power
  • Lubricant Manufacturing
  • Pneumatics
  • Transportation Lubricants
  • Metalworking
  • Solvents and Cleaners
  • Problem Solving
  • Lubricant Analysis
  • Lubrication Programs

Becoming CLS Certified

CLS certification is obtained by scoring 70 percent or higher on the designated exam that standardizes the body of knowledge for a Certified Lubrication Specialist. Certification is valid for three years, after which individuals are required to recertify to maintain their CLS status.