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  1. 1. The National Institute For Certification In Engineering Technologies The NICET Update Ahmed Farouki Senior Manager, Program Administration Kentucky MS4 Workgroup Meeting Elizabethtown, KY October 17, 2006
  2. 2. What is NICET? <ul><li>A not-for-profit certification organization established in 1961 </li></ul><ul><li>A semi-autonomous division of the National Society of Professional Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Policy direction by eight-person Board of Governors </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background ... <ul><li>NICET : formed in 1981 to replace ICET and ETCI </li></ul><ul><li>ICET : Institute for the Certification of Engineering Technicians created in 1961 </li></ul><ul><li>ETCI : Engineering Technologist Certification Institute established in 1977 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Purpose ... <ul><li>To provide nationally-applicable, voluntary certification programs covering many engineering technology fields and several specialized subfields </li></ul><ul><li>Define and support career paths for engineering technicians and technologists. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Licensure/Certification/Diploma <ul><li>Licensure: is a legal credential conferred by federal, state or local government authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Certification: is a voluntary credential conferred by private organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Diploma/Certificate of Education: is conferred by an educational institution or a training entity </li></ul>
  6. 6. NICET Certification vs. Engineering Practice <ul><li>NICET certification DOES NOT entitle certificants to practice engineering </li></ul><ul><li>When not exempted by state law, engineering work performed by engineering technicians/ technologists must be under the direct supervision & control of licensed Professional Engineers </li></ul>
  7. 7. NICET certifies ... <ul><li>Individuals with appropriate engineering technician or engineering technologist work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Partial credit given for relevant work experience as craftsperson, scientist, engineer, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Residents of the United States and territories and certain others living abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity with Canada in some programs </li></ul>
  8. 8. NATIONAL REGULATORY BODIES <ul><li>National Commission for Certifying Agencies ( NCCA ). </li></ul><ul><li>National Association for Competency Assurance ( NOCA ). </li></ul><ul><li>Council of Engineering and Related Scientific Programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation ( CLEAR ). </li></ul><ul><li>International Standards Organization ( ISO ). </li></ul><ul><li>American National Standards Institute ( ANSI ). </li></ul><ul><li>American Society For Testing & Materials ( ASTM ). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Typical National Requirements … <ul><li>Independent governing body which includes consumers, public, employers and regulators.  </li></ul><ul><li>A periodic recertification program.  </li></ul><ul><li>Examination must be totally separate from training, i.e. not a certificate of accomplishment resulting from the completion of a training class (with or without a completion test).  </li></ul><ul><li>Non-governmental, independent, third-party national certification. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Engineering Technicians <ul><li>“ Hands-on” members of Engineering Team </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of components, operating characteristics, and limitations of engineering systems and processes </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of applied math, physical science, and engineering science equivalent to AS degree program in engineering technology </li></ul>
  11. 11. Technician Programs <ul><li>Two types of certification offered: </li></ul><ul><li>Four levels of certification available: </li></ul>Job-Task Competency General Knowledge (under review) Entry Level to Senior Level
  12. 12. The Civil Job-Task Competency Programs
  13. 13. Transportation Engineering Technology <ul><li>Highway Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Design </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Traffic Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge Safety Inspection </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Highway Maintenance </li></ul>
  14. 14. Construction Materials Testing <ul><li>Asphalt </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete </li></ul><ul><li>Soils </li></ul>
  15. 15. Geotechnical Engineering Technology <ul><li>Geotechnical Construction Inspection. </li></ul><ul><li>Geotechnical Exploration. </li></ul><ul><li>Geotechnical Laboratory Testing. </li></ul><ul><li>Geotechnical Generalist </li></ul>
  16. 16. Underground Utilities Construction <ul><li>Water and Sewer Lines Construction Inspection </li></ul><ul><li>Stormwater and Wastewater System Construction Inspection </li></ul>
  17. 17. Stormwater & Wastewater Construction Inspection <ul><li>This program is for engineering technicians engaged in the inspection of stormwater and wastewater systems and is applicable to private and public sector technicians. </li></ul><ul><li>Development was initiated in 1999 at the request of the Five Cities Plus Group representing metropolitan, county and city-wide sanitary and wastewater district owners and consultants. </li></ul><ul><li>The committee was expanded to include nationwide participation in 2004. In 2005 the program was validated for national use. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Stormwater & Wastewater Construction Inspection <ul><li>A National Committee finalized the New four level program. It is similar to the Water & Sewer Lines Construction Inspection Program except: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Without water line inspection elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With the inspection elements of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stormwater systems. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Erosion & Sediment Control </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trenchless Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confined Space & Trench Excavation </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Stormwater & Wastewater Construction Inspection <ul><li>Areas covered include: </li></ul><ul><li>Safety. </li></ul><ul><li>Specifications and contract plan interpretation. </li></ul><ul><li>Field installation and landscape restoration methods </li></ul><ul><li>Surveying. </li></ul><ul><li>Field inspection, NPDES compliance, QC and QA </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal and written communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Recordkeeping and reporting. </li></ul><ul><li>Project management duties. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Building Construction <ul><li>Water and Wastewater Plants </li></ul>Land Management & Water Control <ul><li>Erosion and Sediment Control </li></ul>
  21. 21. Erosion and Sediment Control <ul><li>The program is for engineering technicians involved in all phases of erosion and sediment control work. </li></ul><ul><li>Development of the program was initiated in 1986 with technical assistance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources. </li></ul><ul><li>This program became operational in 1988. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Erosion and Sediment Control <ul><li>Areas covered include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge of soils. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The erosion process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small watershed hydrology. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hydraulics of basic water control structures sedimentation process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principles of erosion and sediment control. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction practices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction inspection. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field investigation reports. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Certification requirements ... <ul><li>Written examination </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Verification of competency </li></ul><ul><li>Professional recommendation (for levels III & IV) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Levels of certification... <ul><li>Level I – Technician Trainee </li></ul><ul><li>Level II – Associate Engineering Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Level III – Engineering Technician </li></ul><ul><li>Level IV – Senior Engineering Technician </li></ul>
  25. 25. Technician Trainee <ul><li>Some relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Work under constant, direct supervision </li></ul>
  26. 26. Associate Engineering Technician <ul><li>Two years relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Work under general supervision </li></ul>
  27. 27. Engineering Technician <ul><li>Five years of relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Work independently – may supervise others </li></ul>
  28. 28. Senior Engineering Technician <ul><li>Ten (+) years of relevant work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Supervise and manage work of others </li></ul><ul><li>Major project involvement </li></ul>
  29. 29. Engineering Technologists <ul><li>Members of Engineering Team </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with engineers, scientists, and technicians </li></ul><ul><li>Thorough knowledge of equipment, applications & established design, and implementation methods </li></ul>
  30. 30. Engineering Technologists <ul><li>Certification awarded at two levels: </li></ul><ul><li>Multitude of certification categories </li></ul>ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGIST BS degree in Engineering Technology from TAC/ABET accredited program CERTIFIED TECHNOLOGIST AT plus five years relevant work experience and two professional endorsements
  31. 31. Recertification ... <ul><li>Continuing Professional Development required every three years </li></ul><ul><li>90 CPD points: relevant work experience; continuing education; professional activities; certification activities; recertification exam </li></ul><ul><li>Active, Retired, Inactive, Expired Status </li></ul>
  32. 32. The NICET Code of Ethics <ul><li>Have due regard for the physical environment and for public safety, health, and well being. </li></ul><ul><li>Undertake only those assignments for which they are competent by way of their education, training, and experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Perform their duties in an efficient and competent manner with fidelity and honesty. </li></ul><ul><li>Admit and accept their own errors when proven wrong and never distort nor alter the facts in an attempt to justify their decisions. </li></ul>
  33. 33. <ul><li>Avoid conflicts of interest whenever possible. Disclose to their employer or client, in writing, any action that might create the appearance of a conflict of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid receiving and granting bribery in all its forms. </li></ul><ul><li>Strive to maintain proficiency by updating their technical knowledge and skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Not misrepresent or permit misrepresentation of their own or their associate's academic or professional qualifications or degree of responsibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Not reveal facts, or information obtained in connection with services rendered without prior consent of the client or employer except as authorized by law. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Violation of the Code of Ethics <ul><li>Due Process System. </li></ul><ul><li>Penalties Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suspension of testing activity. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suspension of certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revocation of certification </li></ul></ul>
  35. 35. Value of NICET Certification for the Technician … <ul><li>Increased professional stature </li></ul><ul><li>Increased opportunities for job advancement </li></ul><ul><li>Quicker entry into new job assignments or responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for assignments where requirements for NICET certification exists </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a marketable credential to an employer, prospective employer or client </li></ul>
  36. 36. Value of NICET Certification for the Employer …. <ul><li>Independent assessment of an employee’s knowledge and skills based on national standards </li></ul><ul><li>Measure of training comprehension and identification of training needs </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized credentialing of a pool of qualified professionals in focused career tracks </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility of work force across state lines </li></ul>
  37. 37. Value for the Public …. <ul><li>Protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public from fraudulent, unethical, technically deficient practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Provides high quality engineering products and services , efficiently and at reasonable costs </li></ul>
  38. 38. NICET provides... <ul><li>Certification program development and administration </li></ul><ul><li>Non-NICET exam administration and database management </li></ul><ul><li>Training program validation assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance with testing and certification issues </li></ul>
  39. 39. 45 years of independent service… <ul><li>Over 32 national certification programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 118,000 technicians certified. </li></ul><ul><li>A database of over 38,000 active certificants. </li></ul><ul><li>An expanding network of over 300 </li></ul><ul><li>(regular & special) test centers. </li></ul>
  40. 40. 2006 …. we continue to focus on <ul><li>Improving customer service. </li></ul><ul><li>Building stakeholder relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Updating existing programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing new programs. </li></ul>