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Certification and Assessment Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I become eligible for ATMAE Certification?

Individuals meeting all four of the following criteria are eligible to be ATMAE certified as a Certified in Microelectro Mechanical Systems Foundation (MFC), Certified Controls Engineer (CCE), Certified in Engineering Graphics (CEG), Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS), Certified Technology Manager (CTM), Certified Technical Professional (CTP) programs, or Lean Six Sigma (CLSS):

  • Pass Examination: The applicant must pass the relevant ATMAE certification examination.
  • Education:

CCE, CMS, CTM and MFC: The applicant must be in their last year of a technical, technology, technology management or engineering-related 4-year BS or BA degree program, or have a technical, technology, technology management or engineering-related 2-year Associate (AA, AS, AAS) degree.

CEG and CTP: The applicant must be in their last year of technical, technology, technology management or engineering-related 4-year BS or BA degree program or be in their second year of a technical, technology, technology management or engineering-related 2-year Associate (AA, AS, AAS) degree program.

Lean Six Sigma: The applicant is working on or seeking work on lean six sigma projects.

Equivalency: Equivalent educational qualifications as determined by the Certification Officer based on formal education and professional experience may be used to satisfy the above educational eligibility criteria

  • ATMAE Membership: The applicant must be an ATMAE member or must join ATMAE as part of the certification application process. 


2. If I pass the exam, am I "automatically” certified?

After passing the exam, you must be a member of ATMAE and pay the required fees .


3. How can I obtain a copy of my ATMAE certification?

Your certificate is mailed after confirming the current status your ATMAE membership, and the certification fee is paid. Once certification is confirmed you may also view or print a copy of your certification by following the instructions below:

  • Login to your ATMAE member profile   
  • Click on My Profile on the top main menu.
  • Click on Professional Development on the Left Rail Menu
  • Click on Certification/Programs on the sub menu
  • Click on the icon by your certification to view or print your certificate.


4. Am I eligible to be certified by ATMAE when I graduate with an ATMAE-accredited Technology degree?

No, you must take the ATMAE Certification Exam, pass the exam, apply for certification and pay any required fees to obtain ATMAE certification. A degree from an ATMAE-accredited technology program does not make you eligible for ATMAE certification ; you must take and pass a Certification examination.


5. Are there different ATMAE Certifications?

There are currently seven Certification programs, the Microelectro Mechanical Systems Foundation Certification (MFC), Certified Controls Engineer (CCE), Certified in Engineering Graphics (CEG), the Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS), the Certified Technology Manager (CTM), the Certified Technical Professional (CTP) and the Lean Six Sigma (CLSS).

A Senior designation is available (CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP) for certified individuals who have reported 30 PDUs since certification or who qualify initially for senior status. Senior certification is not available for the MFC.


6. What are the fees involved in ATMAE Certification Exam?

  • The individual examination fee for students is $25 and professionals is $50; there is a flat-rate price structure for larger number of exams for group testing sessions.
  • The initial application/certification fee for all certifications is $25 for student members or new graduates and $50 for professional members.
  • The annual renewal fee for a Certified ATMAE member: 

Students: $25 for ATMAE student membership renewal + $25 per certification renewal fee.

Professionals: $100 for ATMAE professional membership renewal + $35 per certification renewal fee.

Retired: $25 for ATMAE membership renewal; no fee for certification renewal.

Exception: Most student members transition to professional member status after graduation. New graduates who pass the exam and want to be certified but are not yet ATMAE members can join ATMAE as a professional member at the Student/New Graduate rate of $25; the next annual membership renewal fee will be the $100 professional dues rate.

7. How long does my ATMAE Certification run?

The initial certification as a MFC, CCE, CEG, CMS, CTM, CTP or CLSS is effective as long as the member pays their annual fees.

Senior-level certificate holders (CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, CSTP) are certified for a three-year cycle, in which they must report at least 30 PDUs of continuing education activity to be eligible to recertify as a CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, CSTP for another three-year period.


8. How do I qualify for senior (CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, or CSTP) status?

  • If you have reported at least 30 PDUs, you can be upgraded to senior status. Certificate holders who have completed their 30 PDU requirement may ask to be upgraded to CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, or CSTP at their annual renewal date.
  • If you qualify for senior certification, and you have completed 30 PDUs of continuing education activity* prior to your application, you may be initially certified as a CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP. (*Continuing Education Activity does not include coursework related to the degree used as part of CCE, CEG, CMS, CTM, or CTP eligibility.)


9. When I move from initial status to the senior status, do I need to take the exam again? Do I need to pay the application fee again?

No new examination is required when you have been ATMAE-certified and you reach the date at which point you can be recertified at senior status. There is no additional fee to upgrade to CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP.


10. Do I have to report continuing education activity each year to keep my senior Certification?

No, you need only report at least 30 PDUs of continuing education activity within your 3-year CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, or CSTP period, there is no annual minimum PDU requirement.


11. Is there a point where I no longer need to report PDUs?

Yes, retired members don’t need to report PDUs, nor do "life members” –those who have been certified continuously for 20 years.


12. What kind of activity qualifies for PDU credit?

Almost all educational activities related to Applied Engineering, Industrial Technology, Technology Management, or other technology or management issues can count: technical or management seminars and workshops, college audit or credit coursework, employer-based technical training, development and teaching of new college courses or industry training seminars and workshops, peer-refereed papers and presentations, and many more items can be counted. Educational activity that counts for other certification programs (such as SME CMfgT, ASQ, or Six Sigma, for example) can also be counted for ATMAE PDU credit.

Click Here for PDU Activities - Values Documentation


13. What are examples of documentation required for reporting continuing education activity for Professional Development Unit (PDU) credit?

Completion certificates or other written documentation from the entity offering the educational activity, college transcripts, signed letters or memo from your supervisor or your employer’s HR or Training department, convention completion forms, etc. Generally, the document must originate from someone other than you, and it must give the title or describe the activity, indicate the date of the activity, and provide a basis for evaluating its PDU value (either contact hours, CEUs, or credit hours.) A letter or email from yourself describing what you did is usually not sufficient. The ATMAE staff is always ready to assist you in determining how to document your activity.

Click Here for Senior Certification Required Documentation and instructions to upload your PDU activity to your member profile for approval.


14. Do I need to keep paying my membership dues if I am certified?

Yes, all certified ATMAE members must pay their annual dues ($25 for students and $100 for professional members) along with the annual certification renewal fee of $25 for students and $35 for professional members). Your ATMAE certification is suspended if you fail to pay your annual dues or the certification fee.


15. What if I’m retired?

Retired certificate holders must only pay their annual ATMAE Retired Membership fee of $25, and no longer need to pay the annual $25 certification renewal fee.


16. Where can my employer learn more about ATMAE certification?

If you include employer contact information with your ATMAE certification application, ATMAE will send them a letter verifying your certification. For more details, they can refer to ATMAE Certification Programs

17. How do I arrange to take the ATMAE Certification Examinations?

What does it cost? Many schools use the exam for assessment purposes and also pay for the exam; check with your advisor or department head to see if your program offers the exam. You can also take the exam at your worksite. The exam is accessible online. To arrange an exam, go to ATMAE Certification Programs and click on the program of interest for instructions to schedule your exam. The exam fees may also be found under Certification Eligibility, Fees and Policies

18. How many questions are on the exams? What is covered?

The Microelectro Mechanical Systems Foundation Certification (MFC) exam is an *open-book, 90-question, multiple choice examination designed for individuals who have completed the nine SCME MEMS Foundations short online courses. The questions fall into 9 main content areas, as covered in the MEMS foundations courses and as detailed in the MFC Study Guide.

The Certified Controls Engineer (CCE)  exam is an *open-book, 120-question, multiple choice examination with questions on Automated Systems, Controls (Open Loop/Closed Loop Systems), Electrical Power Systems, Electrical Safety Systems, Electronics Fundamentals, Energy Management/Alternative Energy, Financial Justification, Fluidics/Fluid Power, Industrial Maintenance, Instrumentation, Mechanical Advantage, Networking Fundamentals, Programming Fundamentals, and Robotic Systems. (*For program assessment, the school may choose a closed-book format.) Passage of the exam is determined by a cumulative score on the examination of 60% or higher.

The Certified in Engineering Graphics (CEG) exam is an *open-book, 160-question, multiple choice examination designed for individuals with a background in the expression of industrial design ideas through engineering graphics, including geometric construction, orthographic views, and standardized annotations. The questions fall into 16 main content areas, as detailed in the CEG Study Guide.

The Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS) exam is an *open-book, 180-question, multiple-choice examination with questions on the following 16 content areas: Manufacturing Joining, Forming, and Casting, Machining, Non Traditional Machining, Polymers, Industrial Materials, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Production Planning, Quality; Management & Supervision, Metrology, Wood Technology, Technical Drafting, Manufacturing Philosophies, and Electronics.

The Certified Technology Manager (CTM) exam is an *open-book, 160-question, multiple-choice examination with questions focusing on the following categories: Leadership, Self-Management, Systems, Processes, Operations, People, Projects, Quality, and Risk.

The Certified Technical Professional (CTP) exam is an *open-book, 160-question, multiple-choice examination with questions on Applied Mathematics, Engineering Graphics, Production Planning & Control, Safety, Quality, and other rudimentary questions pertaining to Algebra, Trigonometry, and English.

The Lean Six Sigma  exam covers 12 main content areas and is further divided into 88 subcategories. The exam is divided into two main parts: the first part consists of 100 multiple choice questions that are worth 1 point each. The second part of the exam is composed of 25 multiple choice questions that require an examinee to solve a production or statistical problem that may take several minutes. Because of the time constraints, these questions are worth 4 points each. Therefore, each of the parts is worth 100 points and the combined scores from these two parts are used to calculate the examinee’s final score on the exam.

(*Examinees are allowed to use printed reference materials (e.g., reference texts) during the exam. However, internet or software-based references are not allowed to be used during the exam. Oversight of this is the responsibility of the exam proctor.)

19. How many questions do I have to get right to pass the MFC, CCE, CEG, CTM, CMS, and CTP?

CTM 95 of 160 questions

CMS 100 of 180 questions

CTP 95 of 160 questions

CEG 95 of 160 questions

CCE is determined by a cumulative score on the examination of 60% or higher

MFC and CLSS is determined by a cumulative score on the examination


20. How much time is allowed to complete the ATMAE Certification Exam?

The maximum amount of time allotted for ATMAE Certification Examinations is two (2) hours.

21. Is there a study guide? Are there recommended review materials?

Yes. The ATMAE Board of Certification has developed study guides to assist examinees in preparation for CCE, CEG, CMS, CTM, and CTP examinations. You can find these study guides under each program listed under the ATMAE Certification Programs

22. Are there suggested topics to review in preparation for the ATMAE Certification Examination?

The study guides provides information on the content covered by the exams, and list additional study references.

23. What happens after I take the exam?

After taking the exam, you will immediately be informed if you passed. You can then link to the ATMAE website for more information on certification and to apply for certification. There is no "automatic” certification – if you pass the exam, and want to be certified, you need to apply, meet all eligibility requirements, and pay the necessary fees.

24. Can I find out my exact score?

No. If you contact the ATMAE Office, we will let you know if you passed or failed but we do not release your specific score. Your exam result is recorded by ATMAE as either "pass" or "fail." We do not give out your raw scores to you or anyone else, with one exception. If your department uses the exam for program assessment purposes and you signed the confidentiality waiver at the time of taking the exam, we will release your individual score to the department. The department may only use students' scores obtained in such fashion for program assessment and may not release the exam scores to third parties.

25. How long does it take to get my exam results? How long does it take to get ATMAE Certified?

You will know the result of your exam session immediately upon completion of the exam. If you apply for certification and pay all appropriate fees after you have been informed that you have passed the ATMAE Certification exam, you will usually receive notice of your certification from the ATMAE office within a few weeks of your application being received. Most delays are due to incomplete applications, incorrect contact information, failure to pay required fees, or invalid credit card information.

26. How long do I have to wait to retake the exam if I do not pass?

There is no required waiting period to take an exam again. 


27. If I have to retake the exam, must I pay the exam fee again?

Yes, you must pay the examination fee for every exam session.


28. Who is qualified to proctor an exam?

A qualified exam proctor includes:

  • faculty teaching in an ATMAE accredited programs, or
  • staff proctors of an ATMAE accredited institution, or
  • a responsible HR personnel or direct supervisor, or 
  • a senior-level ATMAE certified individual.

An individual requesting exam proctor authentication must forward a resume with contact details for verification from a valid corporate email to the ATMAE office at prior to receiving testing instructions.


Please contact the ATMAE office if you have questions, or concerns not listed here.