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Additive Manufacturing Certification

Master the Principles of Additive Manufacturing


Earn your Additive Manufacturing Certification through a new collaborative program between UL and Tooling U-SME. This new gold standard in additive manufacturing certification combines UL’s multi-tiered training program and Tooling U-SME’s professional certification. It’s a single resource from two industry leaders.

The Additive Manufacturing Certifications align to the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge (PDF) 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.

The Certified Additive Manufacturing – Fundamentals (CAM-F) 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 Certified Additive Manufacturing – Technician (CAM-T) is ideal for individuals with a two-year associate’s degree in additive manufacturing or is currently enrolled in a college program, and/or has one or more years of working experience in a manufacturing related field.

Individuals may pursue Additive Manufacturing Certification at the Fundamentals or Technician level, depending on their knowledge and experience. These certifications create a flexible, modular pathway for mastering the principles and processes of 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.


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


Nonmember $269 $299
SME Member $179 $209
College Student $75 $105


Process to Earn Your Certification

1: Assess your knowledge and experience
The Additive Body of Knowledge is an outline of topics covered on the certification exam.

2. Recommended Reading Material
Exam questions are based on specific recommended reading materials selected by knowledgeable and experienced individuals. (Please note that the exam is open book)

3. Optional Additional Preparation

  • Classroom Review Programs
    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.

Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Review Program and Exam
At AeroDef 2020
March 16
Fort Worth Convention Center
Fort Worth, TX

Additive Manufacturing Technician Review Program and Exam
At the 2020 AMUG Conference
March 21-22
Chicago Hilton
Chicago, IL

Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Review Program 
At RAPID + TCT 2020
April 19
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Additive Manufacturing Technician Review Program
At RAPID + TCT 2020
April 19-20
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

4. Apply for the Exam, Schedule and Take the Exam

Apply for Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Apply for Additive Manufacturing Technician

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

Both exams are three hour, open book and open notes exams. The Fundamentals exam consists of 110 multiple choice questions and the Technician exam consists of 120 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 certification.


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 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.