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1 The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) NICET Ambassador Presentation

2 The Agenda  NICET History and Background  Personnel Qualifications & Certification Programs  Certification Program Development and Administration  NICET’s Future  How to Get Involved  Additional Products and Services

3 NICET History

4 What is NICET?  NICET = National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies  NICET was formed in 1981 to replace two other certification bodies  ICET: Institute for Certification of Engineering Technicians. Created in 1961  ETCI” Engineering Technologist Certification Institute. Established in 1977  NICET currently functions as a semi-autonomous division of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)  NICET is governed by an eight person Board of Governors (BOG)

5 NICET’s Purpose  Provide nationally-applicable voluntary certification programs covering specialized engineering technology fields & subfields  Certifications For:  Individuals with appropriate engineering technician/technologist work experience  Residents of the United States and territories and certain others living abroad  Reciprocity with Canada for certain programs  Technologist  Construction Materials Testing Technician  Geotechnical Generalist Technician  NICET certification DOES NOT entitle certificants to practice engineering  engineering work performed by engineering technicians/technologists must be under the direct supervision of licensed Professional Engineers (PE), unless exempted by State law

6 Types of Credentials  Licensure  Legal credential conferred by Federal, State or local Government authorities  Certification  Voluntary credential conferred by private organizations to individuals meeting competency requirements for a specific profession  Diploma or Certificate  Credential conferred by an educational institution or a training entity in recognition for completing a specific training event  Accreditation  Recognition that an organization and its programs conform to a set of requirements established by a nationally recognized accreditation body

7 National Regulatory Bodies  National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)  Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)  Council of Engineering & Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB)  Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR)  International Standards Organization (ISO)  American National Standards Institute (ANSI)  American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)

8 Typical Requirements for National Certifications  Independent governing body representing consumers, the public, employers and regulators.  Exams must be totally separate from training activities and events.  Have a periodic recertification program.  Non-governmental, independent third-party national certification.  Have the resources to conduct testing and certification activities per industry standards.  Be the sole entity making decisions in relation to certification and recertification.

9 NICET Personnel Qualification & Certification

10 Value of NICET Certification for Technician  Professional stature  Job advancement opportunities  Accelerated entry into new job assignments or responsibilities  Assignments where NICET certification is a requirement  Marketable credential to employers

11 Value of NICET Certification to Employers  Independent assessment of employees knowledge and skills, as compared to national industry standards  Increases productivity and competition  Measures training comprehension and needs  Demonstrates commitment to competence through ongoing development of professional knowledge, skills and abilities  Nationally recognized credential  Mobility of workforce across state lines

12 Value for the Public  Protect the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent, unethical and technically deficient practitioners  Provides high quality engineering products and services, efficiently and at reasonable costs

13 Engineering Technicians  “hands-on” members of the engineering team  Knowledge of applied math, physical science, and engineering science equivalent to an Associate Degree (two year) program in engineering technology  Types of work  Planning/design/construction/installation/acceptance/operation/maintenance of products, facilities and processes  Data collection/estimating/proposal/plan/ specification preparation/quality control/quality assurance/technical sales/technical writing

14 NICET Technician Programs  We offer over 25 certifications that measure job task competencies in two major categories:  Civil Engineering Technology  Electrical and Mechanical Systems Engineering Technologies  These certifications go from Entry level (Level I) to Senior level (Level IV) technicians

15 Civil Engineering Technology Certification Programs  Building Construction  Water/Wastewater Plants  Construction Materials Testing  Asphalt  Concrete  Soils  Geotechnical  Generalist  Construction  Exploration  Laboratory  Land Management and Water Control  Erosion and Sediment Control  Transportation  Bridge Safety Inspection  Highway Construction  Highway Design  Highway Materials  Highway Surveys  Highway Traffic Operations  Highway System Maintenance and Preservation  Underground Utilities Construction  Water and Sewer Lines  Stormwater and Wastewater System Inspection

16 Electrical and Mechanical Systems Engineering Technology  Electrical Power  Electrical Power Testing  Fire Protection  Fire Alarm Systems  Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Systems  Special Hazards Suppression Systems  Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) System Layout  Industrial Instrumentation  Low Voltage Communications Systems  Audio Systems  Security Systems  Video Security Systems Designer  Video Security Systems Technician

17 Levels of Certification  Level I  Some relevant work experience  Work under constant, direct supervision  Level II  Minimum of two years relevant work experience  Work under general supervision  Level III  Minimum of five years of relevant work experience  Work independently and may supervise others  Level IV  Minimum of ten years of relevant work experience  Supervise and manage work of others  Major project involvement

18 Recertification  Payment of recertification fee and the accumulation of 90 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)points  Points are accumulated from:  Working full time in certification area  Relevant industry related training  Professional activities  Upgrading/testing for higher certification levels

19 Certification Program Development & Administration

20 Legally Defensible  Use sound test development processes to develop the exam.  Use sound test administration and certification processes to qualify the candidates.

21 Credentialing Terms Fairness + Reliability + Validity = A Defensible Exam & A Defensible Certification Program

22 Fairness Neither the exam nor the certification process discriminates against a candidate on the basis of race, creed or any other characteristic that does not prohibit a qualified candidate from practice.

23 Reliability The examination is expected to perform the same when administered to a group of candidates who share similar or like qualifications.

24 Validity The exam evaluates that which it purports to test (i.e., the qualifications and competencies of a particular group of people).

25 Certification Program Development 1.Program Definition and Oversight 2.Practice Analysis 3.Validation 4.Blueprint/Test Design 5.Question Writing 6.Question Approval 7.Test Assembly 8.Standard Setting 9.Publishing 10.Test Administration

26 Certification Program Development  Industry and Stakeholder Support and Input  Advisory Committee  Practice Analysis Committee  Subject Matter Experts (SME) Validation  Practitioner Validation  Assessment Design  Exam Development Task Groups  Help write the exam

27 Standard Model  Exams are based off of the Certification industry’s best practice  All applicants are tested on the same content  Content is weighed by importance

28 Computer Based Testing (CBT)  Administered by Pearson VUE Testing Centers.  Computer displays the question, use the mouse to select the correct answer.  Limited references.

29 Benefits of CBT Technology  Scheduling flexibility and convenience.  Tools to go beyond the multiple choice question.  Immediate scoring results.  High test security at over 200 proctored test centers across the nation.  Reasonable cost.  Efficient administration.  Reliable test data collection.

30 Standard Model/CBT Programs  Fire Alarms Systems (FAS)  Level I  Level II  Level III  Level IV  Inspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems (I&T)  Level I  Level II  Level III  Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) System Layout  Level I  Level II  Level III  Level IV  Video Security Systems Technician  Level I  Level II  Level III  Level IV  Video Security Systems Designer  Level I  Level II  Electrical Power  Level I  Level II  Level III  Special Hazards  Level I  Level II  Level III  Level IV

31 Program Maintenance  Preventive Maintenance: Cyclic basis of months.  Corrective Maintenance: Periodically in response to industry input.

32 What is Next?

33 Program Changes  Moving away from work element to standard model.  Working to have all work element programs converted to the Computer Based Testing (CBT) format by 2017

34 International Testing  Meeting the testing needs of global companies.  Under development.  Pilot program coming soon.

35 Programs Currently Under Development  Fire Alarm Systems Inspection and Testing  Highway Construction Inspection  Converting to CBT  Construction Materials Testing  Converting to CBT  Transportation Construction Inspection

36 Ways to Get Involved

37 NICET Board of Governors  Eight-member Board of Governors  Field of Engineering (3)  Field of Engineering Technology (4)  General Public (1)  For consideration applicants must:  Active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) OR an active Level IV or SET engineering technician or technologist certified by NICET.  Willing to serve a three-year term.

38 Subject Matter Expert (SME)  NICET is always looking for qualified individuals to volunteer as SMEs.  Selected individuals will attend workshops and help NICET:  Identify a practice area’s certification needs  create, review and validate the practice analysis  develop the experience criteria  design the written exam  write and review test questions  determine the passing score

39 NICET Ambassador Program  Programs to assist with:  informing the engineering and technical community about the advantages of NICET certification.  encouraging the utilization of NICET-certified technicians and technologist.

40 Additional Products and Services

41 Practice Test  Aid in the preparation of NICET exams.  Similar in scope and difficulty to the actual exam.  Feedback is provided to help gauge knowledge and experience in content areas.  Not to be used as a measure of performance on actual exam

42 Training Provider Directory  NICET offers a directory of third-party organizations that offer training courses relevant to technical careers.  PLEASE NOTE: NICET does not review, monitor, or endorse training programs and materials. Materials produced by training providers are not allowed in testing facilities.

43 NICET Job Board  NICET provides an opportunity for potential employers and candidates to converge using the NICET Job Board.  Position Wanted Listing  NICET –certified technicians list their experience, skills and abilities.  Position Available Listing  Employers advertise job announcements on NICET’s website.  Job postings can also be listed on the Engineer and Science Career Network website  Extra fee for the dual postings

44 Online Certification Directory  Tool to verify individual certifications  Can be searched by using either the individual’s  Certification number (different number from NICET Id) or  Last name, first initial and employers zip code

45 NICET Store NICET offers an array of products and services.  Stickers, patches and decals to show an individual as being “NICET Certified”  Copies of Personal Records  Reprints of score reports  Copies of past application forms  Salary Survey Results  Survey conducted in 2010  Directories for currently Certified individuals broken down by certification industry

46 Over 50 Years of Proven Performance  Division of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).  100% financial independence and self-supporting.  Annual budget over $4,000,000.  Offer 25 certification programs.  Over 135,000 technicians certified to date.  Over 40,000 active certificants.  Over 11,000 exams administered in  National test center network.  Conversion of major programs to computer-based testing (CBT) by 2017.

47 Questions???

48 Thank you for your time!!!!!


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