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.
Please read through the following steps to get a better understanding of the certification options and process. If you have questions or need additional information, please click here to access our inquiry form, or you can contact us by email or calling 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.
ASSESS YOUR KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
The Additive Body of Knowledge is an outline of topics covered on the certification exam.
- Body of Knowledge (PDF)
REVIEW RECOMMENDED & OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
RECOMMENDED READING MATERIALS
Exam questions are based on specific recommended reading materials selected by knowledgeable and experienced individuals. (Please note that the exam is open book)
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
- 3D Printing Glossary
- Additive Manufacturing Online Classes
Intro to Additive Manufacturing 111 (Beginner)
This class introduces the basic concepts of additive manufacturing (AM), and discusses the history and development of AM, as well as the future.
Additive Manufacturing Safety 121 (Beginner)
Additive Manufacturing Safety describes the various safety hazards involved in additive manufacturing and the precautions operators should follow to protect themselves.
The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process 131 (Beginner)
The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process discusses the general steps involved in most additive manufacturing procedures. Important steps include creating 3D computer models, converting those models to AM compatible file formats, setting up and running an AM machine, and part removal and post-processing.
Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials 141 (Beginner)
Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials provides users with an overview of the different processes used in additive manufacturing.
Design for Additive Manufacturing 201 (Beginner)
Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) discusses how to conceptualize and create a part design for an additive manufacturing (AM) process.
Additive Manufacturing Materials Science 211 (Intermediate)
Additive Manufacturing Materials Science provides a comprehensive overview of the materials that can be used with additive manufacturing (AM) processes.
Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing 221 (Intermediate)
Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing discusses the factors manufacturers should consider when adding an additive manufacturing (AM) component to a traditional manufacturing operation
Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process 231 (Intermediate)
Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process provides a comprehensive overview of the way in which manufacturers can use additive manufacturing (AM) as a secondary, or indirect, process.
APPLY, SCHEDULE & TAKE EXAM
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 100 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.
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