Finalizing and Displaying Your Certification

When will I hear from NICET on my certification status?
If you meet an exam requirement, all your application materials will be evaluated, and about two to three months after your test date, you will receive by mail either your certificate and approval letter/wallet card or a "conditional decision letter" explaining which criteria remain unmet.

What documents will I receive when I am awarded certification?
If you meet all the requirements for certification, you will receive a certificate (suitable for framing) and an approval letter with a removable wallet card. The approval letter is the official NICET document that should be shown to employers or others as evidence of certification. The letter includes your name, date of award, certification number, certification expiration date, field/subfield, and level of certification. If more than one certification is awarded on the same date, they will be listed on the same approval letter.

Is there a NICET seal or stamp I can use or have made?
No. NICET does not issue or endorse any seal or stamp for use on engineering drawings, specifications, or other documents prepared by a NICET certification. Use of a custom-made stamp could be viewed as misleading and in conflict with state licensing laws for engineers and/or local permitting requirements. Refer to NICET Policy #28. If you must indicate your NICET certification status, NICET suggests that you write CET (Certified Engineering Technician) after your name, followed by your certification number, certification specialty area and level; i.e. John D. Jones, CET (NICET 094022, Fire Alarm Systems, Level IV) in the transmittal letter or in the drawing title box. If you are certified in a General Knowledge Technician program, then instead of "level", use your highest-grade abbreviation (TT, AET, ET, or SET). If you are certified as a Technologist, then instead of "level", use your highest-grade Technologist abbreviation (AT or CT).


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