NC3 Certification Process

NC3 industry-recognized portable certifications are built on national skills standards.

NC3 certifications integrate performance-based learning and projects across varying industries with the input of global standards from leading industrial companies and organizations.

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NC3 Standards

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1The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3)
The National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) is an independent nonprofit (501c3) and certification agency.

NC3 accredits industry-recognized certifications across numerous industries including Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, Construction Science, Energy, STEM, Aviation, Transportation, and Safety.

2How to Obtain NC3 Certifications

Click here to view where to obtain NC3 certifications.

NC3 Certifications are administered at institutions or organizations that meet the testing, facility, and proctoring requirements.

Through over 1,800 institutions and organizations, NC3 has supported thousands of students, employees, and employers who have completed over 700,000 industry-driven stackable certifications to date.

3Certification Achievement Requirements

NC3 certifications require performance-based examinations and assessments, and written examinations. Individuals are awarded the credential only after he/she demonstrates competency/proficiency in the performance and written examinations.

A 70% score is required in order to pass the credential examinations. Certified Instructors are required to pass the credential exam at 80%.

4Proctoring Standards

All certification exam proctors must meet the following standards:

Proctors must be present during the entire exam.

Proctors must validate the candidates ID.

Proctors cannot answer questions or interact with candidates while testing.

Exams are to be proctored by a third-party and not proctored by the individual providing direct instruction.

Proctors must be in accordance with any additional proctoring or monitoring requirements per their state law.

With consent of authorization from the certified NC3 instructor, the institution/organization can select a third-party proctor for the certification exams.

5Proctoring Responsibility
The proctor is responsible for verifying the test candidate’s identity, enabling the test for the candidate, and providing oversight of the candidate during the testing session. This includes ensuring that there is no academic dishonesty of any kind, including giving or receiving help, etc.
6Testing Environment

NC3 certifications written exams may be administered on any device with internet capabilities.

NC3 certification performance-based exams must be performed in a verified facility/lab and meet standard safety measures.

NC3 certification exams must be taken in an appropriate testing location that provides for monitoring by the proctor, reasonable shielding from others, freedom from distractions, and comfort for the examinee.

7Testing Standards

All written testing is administered through NC3Certs.com testing portal.

All performance-based assessments are performed at a NC3 verified facility/lab.

Written exam questions are delivered on a secure platform (NC3Certs.com) and not available to the test proctor for an extended period of time.

Written exam questions are randomized through NC3Certs.com and auto-graded by NC3.

Only authorized proctors may be provided access to testing materials for written and performance exams.

Retesting: If the initial hands-on or written assessments are failed, the NC3 certification exams must not be administered to a student more than three (3) times within a year. NC3 will address any testing issues and require proctors to administer exams in accordance to their state laws.

A proctor must be present for the duration of the exam(s).

With consent of authorization from the certified NC3 instructor, the institution/organization can select a third-party proctor for the certification written exams and performance-based exams.

Candidates with special needs may receive reasonable accommodations for their special needs. This is at the discretion of the institution/site and NC3, provided that such accommodations do not compromise test integrity.

8Access to Earned NC3 Certifications
Upon achieving the written exam and performance-based exam, the NC3 certificate and digital badge can be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed by the individual through their NC3 testing portal account on NC3certs.com.
9Additional NC3 Resources
NC3 provides many additional resources to support instructor and student success through industry certification implementation.

Instructor Professional Development & Training

Instructor Mentorship & Customer Support

Student Workbooks, Exams, Labs, Lessons, and Classroom Materials

Instructor Support Materials

Certification Competency Structure

Advanced Manufacturing

The NC3 Advanced Manufacturing program covers many stackable technical skills required for industry. This program was developed through input from many industry partners and subject matter experts in their industries including Festo, 3M, L.S. Starrett Company, Tormach, and Dremel, education subject matter experts, and volunteers throughout the industry. The program and is designed to provide stackable and transferable credentials from career exploration, STEM certifications, and advanced skills. Each achieved stackable certification demonstrates the required skills for occupation and industry need.

Certifications Offered

STEM Certifications

  • Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Introduction to Exploring Electricity
  • Introduction to Exploring Electronics
  • Introduction to Process Engineering
  • Introduction to Mechanisms
  • Introduction to Aerodynamics
  • Idea Builder 3D Printing
  • XS Router Desktop CNC Mill Machine

Precision Measuring Certifications

  • Precision Measuring Instruments (PMI)
  • Intermediate Measuring Instruments (IMI)
  • Quality Control

Level 1 Certifications

  • Fundamentals of Industry 4.0
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Power - Pneumatics/Hydraulics
  • Fundamentals of Electricity - AC/DC
  • Fundamentals of Robotics
  • Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems
  • Fundamentals of Sensor Technology
  • Fundamentals of PLCs - Allen Bradley/Siemens
  • Certified Industry 4.0 Associate - Fundamentals

Level 2 Certifications

  • Applied Industry 4.0
  • Applied Fluid Power
  • Applied Product ID Fundamentals
  • Applied Robotics
  • Applied Mechanical Systems
  • Applied Industrial Motor Controls
  • Applied Principles of Smart Sensors
  • Applied PLC Technology II: Allen Bradley/Siemens
  • Certified Industry 4.0 Technician - Applied

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Skill Assessments & Validation

  • Festo Certification Competencies & Overview
  • Rivian Validates Festo Certifications
  • Festo Certifications Endorsed by the ARM Institute
  • Siemens Partners with Festo Certification Program
  • Festo Strategic Partnerships
  • Precision Measuring Instruments Competencies & Overview
  • Airbus Partnership

  • Occupation Codes


    • 17-2112 Industrial Engineers *
    • 17-3023 Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians
    • 17-3024 Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians
    • 17-3026 Industrial Engineering Technologists & Technicians
    • 17-3027 Mechanical Engineering Technologists & Technicians
    • 25-2032 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
    • 47-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades & Extraction Workers *
    • 47-2111 Electricians *
    • 49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, & Repairers *
    • 49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics *
    • 49-9081 Wind Turbine Service Technicians *
    • 51-8099 Plant and System Operators
    • 51-4041 Machinists*
    • 51‐4111 Tool and Die Makers
    • 49‐9011 Mechanical Door Repairers
    • 51‐2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
    • 51‐7099 Woodworkers, All Other
    • 49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians*
    • 49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
    • 49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
    • 49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
    • 47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers
    • 51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers*
    • * High Demand


    Learn more about the NC3 industry partners:

    Aviation

    The NC3 Aviation program is open to everyone interested in achieving the technical skills required for a career in the aviation industry such as Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians. This program was developed through input from Snap-on Industrial, ATI Tools, Daniels Manufacturing Corporation, the L.S. Starrett Company, Test Products International Inc., education subject matter experts, and volunteers throughout the industry. The program is designed to provide stackable and transferable credentials from introduction to Aircraft Mechanics to Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics. Each achieved stackable certification demonstrates the required skills for the Aviation Industry needs. The NC3 certifications align to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Airman Certification Standards.

    Certifications Offered

    • Precision Measuring Instruments | Starrett
    • Structural Sheetmetal Assembly
    • Precision Electrical Termination | DMC
    • Mechanical and Electronic Torque
    • Multimeter
    • Electrical Intro, Measurements and Circuits
    • Tools @ Height; Drop Prevention

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    Skill Assessments & Validation


    Occupation Codes


    • 51‐2041 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
    • 49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
    • 47-2211 Sheet Metal Workers
    • 47-2111 Electricians
    • 17-2071 Electrical Engineers
    • 17-3023 Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians
    • 51-4041 Machinists
    • 51‐4111 Tool and Die Makers
    • 49‐9011 Mechanical Door Repairers
    • 51‐7099 Woodworkers, All Other
    • 49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
    • 49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
    • 49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
    • 51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

    Learn more about the NC3 industry partners:

    Welding

    The NC3 welding program is open to everyone interested in achieving technical skills required for the welding industry. This program was developed through input from Lincoln Electric, education subject matter experts, and volunteers throughout the industry. The program is designed to provide stackable and transferable credentials from introduction to welding to advanced welding. Each achieved stackable certification demonstrates the required skills the welding industry needs. The NC3 certifications align to the American Welding Society (AWS) standards.

    Certifications Offered

    Introduction
    • Welding Safety*
    • Principles of Welding*
    • Introduction Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
    • Introduction Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
    • Introduction Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
    • Introduction Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
    • Thermal Cutting: Oxyfuel
    • Thermal Cutting: Plasma Arc
    • Thermal Cutting: Air Carbon Arc
    • Welding Math & Measurement
    • Welding Math & Measurement
    • Fabrication 1

    * Certificate of knowledge included with select certification packages.

    Advanced (includes Introduction Certifications)
    • Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
    • Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
    • Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - Aluminum
    • Advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - Stainless Steel
    • Advanced Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
    • Advanced Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
    • Pipe Welding: ASME Introductory
    • Pipe Welding: ASME Intermediate
    • Pipe Welding: API Introductory
    • Pipe Welding: API Intermediate
    • Basic Welding Print Reading
    • Fabrication 2
    Coming Soon
    • Submerged Arc Welding (SAW)
    • Robotic Welding (SAW)

    Skill Assessments


    Occupation Codes


    • 51-4122 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
    • 51-4121 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
    • 49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
    • 49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
    • 49-3041 Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
    • 49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
    • 49-3042 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
    • 49-3092 Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

    Click here to learn more about Lincoln Electric.

    Additional Competency Resources:
    Coming Soon


    • Transportation
    • Construction Science & Energy Efficiency
    • Health & Safety
    • STEM
    • Data Analytics