Policy 14: Qualifying Work Experience

(Revised September 2016)

The foundation for the NICET certification programs is U.S. work customs, practices and technology applications.

NICET certification will be awarded only to those individuals who have demonstrated sufficient and appropriate engineering technician or engineering technologist level work experience.

The preponderance of qualifying work experience must be acquired while working in the United States and its territories, or while working abroad in accordance with recognized US standards. Applicability of work experience obtained outside the United States will be determined on a case-by-case basis within NICET’s sole judgment and discretion.

Credit for work performed in a region where the weather or other conditions do not permit 12 months of work will be calculated on a prorated basis according to the actual number of months/weeks/hours worked. The NICET basis for calculating an applicant's full-time employment is a work week of 40 hours, with 50 work weeks per year. In no case will extra experience credit be awarded for work over the prescribed 2000 hours per year.

NICET recognizes that technicians are likely to work in multiple, closely related specialty areas at any given time. In these cases, applicants may be awarded work experience credit in a given specialty area for work in a closely related specialty area, but only if recognized in the applicable NICET certification program requirements. Applicability of this related work experience credit will be determined on a case-by-case basis within NICET’s sole judgment and discretion.