As part of its strategic plan, NICET frequently allies with other organizations to enhance the image and stature of engineering technicians and technologists and to promote competent and ethical practice in the fields of engineering technology. NICET also works with several organizations to maintain the standards of the certification industry. Named below are some of the Institute's partners and related organizations.
- National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
In 1961, NICET (then ICET) was created by NSPE to recognize the role of engineering technicians as an "important part of the engineering team".
- American Society of Certified Engineering Technicians (ASCET)
ASCET is a national professional society for certified engineering technicians and technologists in all engineering disciplines.
- Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
CCTT, which establishes and maintains national competency standards for certifying technicians and technologists in Canada, is made up of five provincial organizations, AETTNL, CTTAM, NBSCETT, ACETTPEI, and TechNova. NICET and the CCTT constituent members have recognized each other's technologist certifications since October 1995. In March 2001, the organizations agreed to recognize each other's technician certifications in Construction Materials Testing and Geotechnical Engineering Technology. (See NICET's "Non-United States Residents" web page for details on reciprocity.)
- American Concrete Institute (ACI)
In the programs Highway Materials and Construction Materials Testing/Concrete, NICET awards work element credit for some types of ACI certification.
General Interest/Marketing Allies
- ABET, Inc.
The recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years. NICET Technologist certification requires a Bachelors Degree in an engineering technology program accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET).
- American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL)
In February 2002, NICET and ACIL, the National Trade Association representing scientific, engineering, and testing firms throughout the United States, joined forces to maximize the quality of education, training, and certification programs for technicians working to improve the nation's infrastructure.
- Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
In September 2001, NICET and CMMA, whose mission is to promote professionalism and excellence in the management of the construction process, aligned to promote both organizations certification programs as two steps of one expanded, ultimate career path.
- International Code Council (ICC)
ICC develops national construction codes and standards. The organization also offers certification for code officials, inspectors, and plans examiners.
- National Highway Institute (NHI)
NHI is a training arm of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Institute provides leadership and resources for the development and delivery of training and education programs to improve the quality of our nation's highway system and its intermodal connections.
- Mid-Atlantic Region Technician Certification Program (MARTCP)
This coalition of seven mid-Atlantic Departments of Transportation (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia) develops and improves training programs and materials to increase the knowledge of its engineering technicians.
- Clark County Department of Development Services, Building Division (CCDDS-BD)
Nevada's Clark County Building Division and NICET have partnered to promote high quality apprentice, training, and certification programs for personnel working in the quality assurance and quality control fields of building construction and other development facilities.
An association of engineering laboratories, inspection agencies, and building officials, WACEL develops programs and guidelines that promote higher standards among firms and individuals involved in the observation and testing of construction materials.
- NACE International
NACE develops corrosion prevention and control standards. The organization also offers education programs and materials.
Accreditation/Certification Business Organizations
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
ANSI is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system.
- Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR)
CLEAR is an association of individuals, agencies and organizations whose mission is to improve the quality and understanding of professional and occupational regulation in order to enhance public protection.
- Washington Certification Networking Group
Comprised of organizations that certify individuals, this informal group meets four times a year in the Washington D.C. metro area to share information.
Exam Development and Maintenance
Over the years, the Institute has worked with several organizations to develop and maintain its certification programs. These organizations are named under the link "Test Development and Supporting Organizations" on each of the Certification program pages.