Why join an IEST Working Group (WG)?
By participating on an IEST WG, you can help establish the industry guidelines that affect your business. WG activities also provide opportunities to network with other experts, contribute to your profession, build your resumé, and promote your company.

What is the purpose and function of the WGs?
WGs publish and share up-to-date, reliable technical information in these fields:

  • Contamination Control
  • Environmental Test and Reliability
  • Nanotechnology Facilities

WGs develop IEST Standards and Recommended Practices (RPs) that provide standardized procedures based on peer-approved applications of environmental technology. WG members determine, through cooperative effort, what issues to address and what procedures to include in each consensus document. IEST has also revised U.S. Federal Standards such as FED-STD-209, MIL-STD-781, MIL-STD-810, and MIL-STD-1246 (now IEST-STD-1246).

What will be my role?
WG meetings held at IEST conferences are open to anyone, and you may attend as many WG meetings as you wish as an observer. This provides an opportunity to see the document development process in action and learn more about topics and technology of interest.

Attend two consecutive meetings of the same WG and become eligible to apply to become a voting member. As a voting member you will have a voice in shaping the RPs and standards your industry uses and contribute your expertise.

When do WGs meet?
WG meetings take place during ESTECH (IEST’s annual technical meeting) and EDUCON (IEST's Education Conference and Working Group Summit). Many WGs also hold online meetings between conferences.

How do I join a WG?
Email technicaldept@iest.org. We will connect you with the chair of your WG of interest. 

Do I have to be an IEST member to join a WG?
Becoming an IEST member is strongly encouraged. Membership offers more opportunities to broaden your network, apply for leadership positions and stay current in your fields. Membership connects you with IEST thought leaders, industry news, and publications that can help you gain experience and solve problems. Plus, members save on certificate programs, event registration fees, and publications (and get select documents for free!) Your membership dues support standards development, IEST Recommended Practices, and our Working Group meetings.