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Placing-in-Service Program and Registration

The Department of Commerce, Weights and Measures Division has a voluntary registration program for service persons working with commercial weighing and measuring equipment in the State of Minnesota. The rules and regulations for the voluntary registration program are promulgated under the authority of Minnesota Statute 239.06.

General Requirements

A voluntary registrant must provide acceptable documentation that they are fully qualified to placing-in-service commercial weighing or measuring equipment. This means a placing-in-service report must be completed and sent to the Weights and Measures Division for all newly installed, repaired, remanufactured, and rejected commercial weighing and measuring equipment. Also, a registrant must have a thorough working knowledge of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Handbook 44 2005 Edition, and Department of Commerce Rules 7601.

Class and Testing

A person interested in the placing-in-service program must attend our placing-in-service class. The class consists of an overview of the Weights and Measures Division, Department of Commerce Rules 7601, Minnesota Statutes 239, (NIST) Handbook 44, 2005 Edition, and various placing-in-service advisories. A general examination on Minnesota Rules 7601 is given to all applicants as well as a general examination on NIST Handbook 44. In addition, an examination is given for each classification a registrant has applied for. The questions in the examinations are taken from (NIST) Handbook 44 and Department of Commerce Rules 7601. This is an open book examination. Please bring all required handbooks and service advisories to the class.

Classes are held monthly at the Weights and Measures office in Burnsville. Scales classes are held on odd numbered months. Meter classes are held on even numbered months. You can find the specific dates on the Department of Commerce calendar. All classes start at 9:00 AM and you must be pre-registered to attend. Please call Heidi Jones at 651-539-1565 to register. We are located at 14305 Southcross Drive, Suite 150, Burnsville, MN 55306.