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1 NICET Ambassador Presentation The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)NICET Ambassador Presentation
2 The Agenda NICET History and Background Personnel Qualifications & Certification ProgramsCertification Program Development and AdministrationNICET’s FutureHow to Get InvolvedAdditional Products and Services
4 What is NICET?NICET = National Institute for Certification in Engineering TechnologiesNICET was formed in 1981 to replace two other certification bodiesICET: Institute for Certification of Engineering Technicians. Created in 1961ETCI” Engineering Technologist Certification Institute. Established in 1977NICET 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 PurposeProvide nationally-applicable voluntary certification programs covering specialized engineering technology fields & subfieldsCertifications For:Individuals with appropriate engineering technician/technologist work experienceResidents of the United States and territories and certain others living abroadReciprocity with Canada for certain programsTechnologistConstruction Materials Testing TechnicianGeotechnical Generalist TechnicianNICET certification DOES NOT entitle certificants to practice engineeringengineering 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 Certification Diploma or Certificate Legal credential conferred by Federal, State or local Government authoritiesCertificationVoluntary credential conferred by private organizations to individuals meeting competency requirements for a specific professionDiploma or CertificateCredential conferred by an educational institution or a training entity in recognition for completing a specific training eventAccreditationRecognition 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.
10 Value of NICET Certification for Technician Professional statureJob advancement opportunitiesAccelerated entry into new job assignments or responsibilitiesAssignments where NICET certification is a requirementMarketable credential to employers
11 Value of NICET Certification to Employers Independent assessment of employees knowledge and skills, as compared to national industry standardsIncreases productivity and competitionMeasures training comprehension and needsDemonstrates commitment to competence through ongoing development of professional knowledge, skills and abilitiesNationally recognized credentialMobility of workforce across state lines
12 Value for the PublicProtect the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent, unethical and technically deficient practitionersProvides high quality engineering products and services, efficiently and at reasonable costs
13 Engineering Technicians “hands-on” members of the engineering teamKnowledge of applied math, physical science, and engineering science equivalent to an Associate Degree (two year) program in engineering technologyTypes of workPlanning/design/construction/installation/acceptance/operation/maintenance of products, facilities and processesData 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 TechnologyElectrical and Mechanical Systems Engineering TechnologiesThese certifications go from Entry level (Level I) to Senior level (Level IV) technicians
15 Civil Engineering Technology Certification Programs Building ConstructionWater/Wastewater PlantsConstruction Materials TestingAsphaltConcreteSoilsGeotechnicalGeneralistConstructionExplorationLaboratoryLand Management and Water ControlErosion and Sediment ControlTransportationBridge Safety InspectionHighway ConstructionHighway DesignHighway MaterialsHighway SurveysHighway Traffic OperationsHighway System Maintenance and PreservationUnderground Utilities ConstructionWater and Sewer LinesStormwater and Wastewater System Inspection
16 Electrical and Mechanical Systems Engineering Technology Electrical PowerElectrical Power TestingFire ProtectionFire Alarm SystemsInspection and Testing of Water-Based SystemsSpecial Hazards Suppression SystemsWater-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) System LayoutIndustrial InstrumentationLow Voltage Communications SystemsAudio SystemsSecurity SystemsVideo Security Systems DesignerVideo Security Systems Technician
17 Levels of Certification Level ISome relevant work experienceWork under constant, direct supervisionLevel IIMinimum of two years relevant work experienceWork under general supervisionLevel IIIMinimum of five years of relevant work experienceWork independently and may supervise othersLevel IVMinimum of ten years of relevant work experienceSupervise and manage work of othersMajor project involvement
18 RecertificationPayment of recertification fee and the accumulation of 90 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)pointsPoints are accumulated from:Working full time in certification areaRelevant industry related trainingProfessional activitiesUpgrading/testing for higher certification levels
19 Certification Program Development & Administration
20 Legally DefensibleUse sound test development processes to develop the exam.Use sound test administration and certification processes to qualify the candidates.
21 Credentialing TermsFairness + Reliability + Validity = A Defensible Exam & A Defensible Certification Program
22 FairnessNeither 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 ReliabilityThe examination is expected to perform the same when administered to a group of candidates who share similar or like qualifications.
24 ValidityThe exam evaluates that which it purports to test (i.e., the qualifications and competencies of a particular group of people).
25 Certification Program Development Program Definition and OversightPractice AnalysisValidationBlueprint/Test DesignQuestion WritingQuestion ApprovalTest AssemblyStandard SettingPublishingTest Administration
26 Certification Program Development Industry and Stakeholder Support and InputAdvisory CommitteePractice Analysis CommitteeSubject Matter Experts (SME) ValidationPractitioner ValidationAssessment DesignExam Development Task GroupsHelp write the exam
27 Standard ModelExams are based off of the Certification industry’s best practiceAll applicants are tested on the same contentContent 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 Video Security Systems TechnicianLevel ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVVideo Security Systems DesignerElectrical PowerSpecial HazardsFire Alarms Systems (FAS)Level ILevel IILevel IIILevel IVInspection & Testing of Water-Based Systems (I&T)Water-Based (formerly Automatic Sprinkler) System Layout
31 Program MaintenancePreventive Maintenance: Cyclic basis of months.Corrective Maintenance: Periodically in response to industry input.
37 NICET Board of Governors Eight-member Board of GovernorsField 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 needscreate, review and validate the practice analysisdevelop the experience criteriadesign the written examwrite and review test questionsdetermine 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.
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 BoardNICET provides an opportunity for potential employers and candidates to converge using the NICET Job Board.Position Wanted ListingNICET –certified technicians list their experience, skills and abilities.Position Available ListingEmployers advertise job announcements on NICET’s website.Job postings can also be listed on the Engineer and Science Career Network websiteExtra fee for the dual postings
44 Online Certification Directory Tool to verify individual certificationsCan be searched by using either the individual’sCertification number (different number from NICET Id) orLast 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 RecordsReprints of score reportsCopies of past application formsSalary Survey ResultsSurvey conducted in 2010Directories 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 2014.National test center network.Conversion of major programs to computer-based testing (CBT) by 2017.