What if I need additional training?
Building Knowledge and Experience
Preparing for NICET certification is best achieved by doing the same kinds of things that you would do to get ahead on the job: expanding and updating your technical knowledge and skills. The more knowledgeable you are about your trade, the more easily you'll be able to overcome obstacles and resolve situations that arise on the job site. You'll also be able to advise your customers and peers with more confidence. As a result, your employer will more readily trust you to work independently or take on greater job responsibilities.
Use NICET to Gauge your Knowledge
NICET certification is a tool to measure your technical knowledge and skills.
First: examine your program's work element listing (found in the Program Detail Manual) or content outline. These program materials are available at What Certifications are Available?. As a candidate for certification, you are expected to be knowledgeable and proficient in most of these activities.
Second: For unfamiliar topics, resolve to pursue some additional training or education in that area.
Third: If you are unsuccessful in completing the NICET exam, use your score report to identify your weaknesses and create a plan of action to strengthen your skills and broaden your knowledge.
Use NICET to Gauge your Experience
As with technical knowledge, you can use NICET program materials to help prepare for testing as well as for moving up the job ladder. Again, use your program's work element listing or content outline, and the Technician Profile, as a guide to the types of work that you should have experience in at each level of certification. Read through the descriptions and write down any areas in which you have not had successful experience. Then ask your supervisor to be assigned to jobs where you can work with someone who "knows the ropes" and where you can gain the additional experience. Chances are, the boss will appreciate your initiative, and you'll be moving closer to the next level of certification.
For a wide selection of free resources related to technical trades, visit a local university, technical college library, or public library; most of these will loan materials to community members free of charge.
For hands-on instruction, ask your employer if you can shadow a more experienced coworker for a few days.
For additional training, attend courses to learn about new technologies and code updates. To find training courses and materials, start by searching NICET's Training Provider Database.
For continuing education, check with your industry's major standards-issuing organizations to see if they offer continuing education courses.
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After You've Achieved Certification…
"Strive to maintain proficiency by updating [your] technical knowledge and skills in engineering technology." — NICET Code of Ethics
Because professionalism requires keeping skills and knowledge current, you will, after becoming certified, be required to track and document your continuing professional development activities in order to keep your certification current. (See NICET's Recertification Policy.) So, no matter how high you climb on the certification ladder, continue to seek opportunities to advance in your profession.