Since the Institute was founded in 1961, more than 135,000 technicians and technologists have met NICET's rigorous certification criteria, and the number grows rapidly as more employers and local and state governments rely on NICET certification to measure the qualifications of their workforce. The certificate and wallet card issued by NICET serve as a portable credential for certified technicians and technologists who seek to maximize their skills and knowledge and advance in their professions. By employing those workers who have demonstrated their technical mastery, employers can provide their customers higher quality goods and services. And, ultimately, the public enjoys a higher degree of safety and protection.
NICET defines engineering technicians as the "hands-on" members of the engineering team who work under the direction of engineers, scientists, and technologists. They have knowledge of the components, operating characteristics, and limitations of engineering systems and processes particular to their area of specialization.
The Institute defines engineering technologists as members of the engineering team who work closely with engineers, scientists, and technicians. Technologists have a thorough knowledge of the equipment, applications, and established state-of-the-art design and implementation methods in a particular engineering area.
A strong force in many technical fields, NICET regularly brings together industry leaders and subject matter experts to identify industry needs and design and maintain technician certification programs that promote technical knowledge and skills. The resulting programs measure the competency of and layout career paths for engineering technicians and technologists and supply industries and employers with a more highly skilled workforce. Further, the Institute promotes the continuing professional development of its certified technicians and technologists through a recertification process that emphasizes updated skills and state-of-the-art knowledge.
NICET is a non-profit division of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
NICET certification does not entitle the certificant to practice engineering. The practice of engineering is defined and regulated by state engineering licensing boards; unlawful practice of engineering is a violation of state laws. When not exempted by state law, the performance of work by the engineering technician/technologist which constitutes the practice of engineering must be under the direct supervision and control of a licensed professional engineer.