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Certification FAQs

Certification and Assessment FAQs


1. How do I become eligible for ATMAE Certification?

Individuals meeting all four of the following criteria are eligible to be certified by ATMAE in the Certified in Engineering Graphics (CEG), Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS), Certified Technology Manager (CTM), or Certified Technical Professional (CTP) programs:

  • Pass Examination: The applicant must pass the CEG, CMS, CTM, or CTP examination,
  • Education:
    • CMS and CTM: 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.
    • 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 and
  • 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?

No, no one is "automatically” certified by ATMAE. After passing the exam, you must be a member of ATMAE and pay the required fees.

Once you have passed the exam:

Professionals - Click here to apply for the CEG/CSEG Certification
Students - Click here to apply for the CEG/CSEG Certification

Professionals - Click here to apply for the CMS/CSMS Certification
Students - Click here to apply for the CMS/CSMS Certification


Professionals - Click here to apply for the CTM/CSTM Certification
Students - Click here to apply for the CTM/CSTM Certification

Professionals - Click here to apply for the CTP/CSTP Certification
Students - 
Click here to apply for the CTP/CSTP Certification

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 here: 
  • Click on My Profile on the top main menu.
  • Then Click on Professional Development on the Left Rail Menu
  • Then Click on Certification/Programs on the sub menu
  • Then 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 four Certification programs, the Certified in Engineering Graphics program (CEG), the Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS) program, the Certified Technology Manager program (CTM), and the Certified Technical Professional (CTP) program. Each program has a Senior designation (CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP) for certified individuals who have reported 30 PDUs since certification or who qualify initially for senior status. 

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

• The individual examination fee is $25 for students and $50 for Professionals; there is a flat-rate price structure for larger number of exams for group testing sessions.

• The initial application/certification 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 is $50 for certified students, and $135 for certified professionals, and $25 for retired certified members.

o The annual Certification renewal fee is $25 for Students, $35 for Professionals. This is included in annual ATMAE membership dues (professional membership + 1 certification dues are $135, or student dues of $50). 

o Retired members pay $25annual ATMAE retired membership dues and are allowed to retain their ATMAE Certification without any annual certification renewal fee.

• 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 CEG, CMS, CTM or CTP is effective as long as the member pays their annual fees. Senior-level certificate holders (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 CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, CSTP for another three-year period.

8. How do I qualify for senior (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 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 CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP. (*Continuing Education Activity does not include coursework related to the degree used as part of 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 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 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

Please read the information and steps below to upload your PDU activity for approval.

Senior Certified ATMAE Members can now electronically upload and monitor their PDU collection. Member will also be able to view and print certificates by clicking in the Certification/Programs tab under Professional Development. All PDU activity will be automatically monitored and approved by ATMAE. You will be notified via email when each PDU activity have been approved. As soon your certification period has been satisfied, the member will receive an email confirming approval and ATMAE will update your new certification period expiration.

  • Log in to member account and scroll down to Professional Development.
  • Click "Add entry". Journal Entry Box will pop up with a series of questions.

Answer these questions as follows:

  • Is this entry for a Certificate or Program? * - Yes
  • Certificate Program* - Choose the appropriate senior certification
  • Credit Type * - will auto populate with ‘PDU’
  • Entry Date – Auto populates
  • Description – activity and detail of PDUs
  • Credits – number of PDUs approved for activity
  • Credits Expire – certificate expiration date. Members can retrieve this from your bio information on your Membership Profile. Click Public Profile. Then click Bio tab.
  • Attachment –proof of completion of activity.
  • Click submit. 

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.

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 the certification section of the ATMAE web page, click here.

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 the ATMAE Exam Session Registration page. Pricing structure for exams can be found here.

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

• 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.

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

CTM 95 of 160 questions

CMS 100 of 180 questions

CTP 95 of 160 questions

CEG 95 of 160 questions


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 CEG, CMS, CTM, and CTP examinations. You can find these study guides in the Certification and Assessment section of the ATMAE website.

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

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

23. Is there an Online Testing link?

Yes, click here for the Online Testing system.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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. 


28. 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.


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