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Master the Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing

The Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification and Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification (coming soon) are stackable, creating a flexible, modular pathway for mastering the principles and processes of additive manufacturing.

The certifications align to the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge compiled by Tooling U-SME, America Makes, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC), and Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing & Materials (TEAMM), with input from more than 500 additive manufacturing professionals.

It is ideal for individuals working in or seeking to work in additive manufacturing roles in automotive, aerospace, and medical equipment. It is also ideal for high schools and colleges as a capstone or standalone achievement to increase workforce readiness in additive manufacturing.

The additive manufacturing industry is expected to grow exponentially, with the global value of the industry estimated to reach over $10 billion by 2021. Certification in Additive Manufacturing prepares individuals for success in this rapidly growing field.

Certification for Individuals

The additive manufacturing fundamentals exam is offered in online and paper pencil formats. You have one year to complete the exam from the date you apply.

The additive manufacturing fundamentals exam is a three hour, open book and open notes exam. It consists of 100 multiple choice questions. Exam questions are developed from the recommended reading.

A proctor is required for your exam. Your proctor can be a manager, supervisor, Human Resources representative, or a key administrator. They can also be a member of an SME chapter, staff at your local college/university, or at a library.

After applying to take the exam, you must secure a proctor and submit your Proctor Form and Agreement to SME at least two weeks before your scheduled exam date.

To pass the exam, you need to score a 70% or higher. After your exam is scored, you will receive official results by mail, which includes and Examination Analysis report that provides a breakdown of your results by knowledge area.

Upon passing the exam you will earn your Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification.

Nonmember $249 $279
SME Member $159 $189
College Student $75 $105

Preparation Materials

1. Recommended Reading Material
Exam questions are based on specific Recommended Reading Material selected by knowledgeable and experienced individuals.
Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Recommended Reading List

2. Evaluate your knowledge
These resources can help you assess and evaluate your additive knowledge before you take the exam.

Classroom Review Program: This collaborative, instructor-led review program helps solidify your understanding of the body of knowledge. It is an invaluable opportunity to prepare you for the exam and provide you with a foundation for completing the program.

There are no classroom review programs scheduled at this time.

3. Optional Additional Preparation
If you are interested in taking any of the online courses below please click here to set up an individual subscription.


Certification for Corporate Groups

Companies looking to cross-train, onboard or just further educate and enhance the skills of their engineering and manufacturing workforce in additive manufacturing should read more about our comprehensive portfolio of additive manufacturing solutions. Visit Tooling U-SME, the workforce development division of SME.

Certification for High School and College Classes

High schools and colleges interested in providing training in additive manufacturing and/or offering the exam for the certification in additive manufacturing for students should read more about our comprehensive portfolio of additive manufacturing solutions. Visit Tooling U-SME, the workforce development division of SME.

More Information

If you have questions or need additional information email us, complete an online inquiry form, or call SME Customer Care at 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.