What you need to know about the NICET Certification

Professional engineers are often looking for ways to increase their professional knowledge within the industry. WIth technology becoming more and more integrated into the profession, there are ways to learn more and increase your status as an engineer. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), a division of the National Society of Professional Engineers, promotes excellence in engineering technologies via certification services. 

What are the certifications available?

There are currently 12 NICET certifications related to civil engineering technology and electrical and mechanical systems engineering technology:

  • Construction materials testing – asphalt
  • Construction materials testing – concrete
  • Construction materials testing – soils
  • Transportation construction testing
  • Electrical power testing
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Inspection and testing of fire alarm systems
  • Inspection and testing of water-based systems
  • Special hazards systems
  • Water-based systems layout
  • Video security systems designer
  • Video security systems technician 

What are the certification levels?

There are different requirements for different levels of the NICET certification:

  • Level 1 – minimal relevant experience or training
  • Level 2 – minimum of two years experience
  • Level 3 – minimum of five years experience and a recommendation
  • Level 4 – minimum of 10 years experience and a recommendation 

Regardless of the level of certification you are seeking, you will need to pass an exam to verify your competency in the subject matter. 

What are the testing fees?

The fees vary based on what certification and what level you are seeking. Each exam costs anywhere between $160 to $410. For complete cost information and certification ladders, click here.  

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Want to learn more about the NICET certification program? You can get complete details about all 12 NICET certifications as well as their levels here. Already have a NICET certification? Comment below and tell us what your experience was throughout the certification process and how it helped in your career.


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