EA-Engineering Aide

Rating Description


Engineering Aides (EA) plan, supervise, and perform tasks required in construction surveying, drafting, materials testing, and construction management; establish control survey points, run traverses, obtain and convert field notes into topographic maps, and stake out for excavations; prepare, edit, and reproduce construction drawings; maintain systems to test and design aggregate mixes for soil-cement, concrete, and bituminous applications; prepare timekeeping records, construction schedules, and planning and estimating, quality control and progress reports; maintain individual combat readiness; and perform tasks required in combat and disaster preparedness or recovery operations. For more detailed information, see the Rating Information Card, or see descriptions of programs associated with this rating.

There are 20 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Rating that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section to view these credentials.

EA Jobs

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools and education programs when using tuition assistance, see:

Navy Learning Center Recommended Degrees for EA-Engineering Aide

The following occupational-related degrees are recommended by the Navy Learning Center and are listed in the Navy Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR) for EA.

Recommended Bachelor/Master Degrees

  • Architecture
  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Technology
  • General and Liberal Studies
  • Management
  • Mechanical and Electrical Technology / Engineering
  • Quality Control and Safety
  • Surveying Engineering Technology

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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The March 2020 Active Duty E5 exams have been delayed. You can still view the references using these links:



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The March 2020 Active Duty E6 exams have been delayed. You can still view the references using these links:



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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-2 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-3 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-4 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-5 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-6 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-7 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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This credential is recommended on the rating  LaDR for Sailors currently in the E-8 pay grade, BUT MAY BE TAKEN BY SAILORS IN OTHER PAY GRADES.

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LaDR documents are available as pay grade-specific or combined, covering all the pay grades in a rating.

Click here to go to Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) is an entry-level certification. The CDT is a prerequisite to CSI's other certification offerings. The CDT allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of the construction process, contractual relationships, and construction documents. To earn a CDT certification, candidates must have a high school diploma/GED and pass an exam.
Click here to go to Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Concrete Field Testing Technician - Grade I certification validates individuals ability to properly perform and record the results of seven basic field tests on freshly mixed concrete. ACI will grant certification only to those applicants who meet both the requirements of a passing grade on the ACI written examination; and successful completion of the ACI performance examination. The performance examination requires actual demonstration of six of the required ASTM test methods and practices. There are no degree or experience requirements.
Click here to go to Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Quality Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. Candidates must have knowledge of the development and operation of quality control systems, application and analysis of testing and inspection procedures, and the ability to use metrology and statistical methods to diagnose and correct improper quality control practices. Candidates must also have the ability to develop and administer management information systems and to audit quality systems for deficiency identification and correction. Candidates must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Engineer Body of Knowledge, and a minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Education can be used as a substitute for years of experience. Candidates must also pass a written examination.
Click here to go to Building Plans Examiner - B3 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC), Building Plans Examiner – B3 certification is for candidates who review and examine building construction documents for conformity to building codes and regulations set by the jurisdiction within which the building stands. The Building Plans Examiner reviews plans for any size building in any occupancy classification and understands building planning, footings, foundations, floor construction, wall construction, coverings, roof, ceiling, and public safety construction as it applies to building code compliance. There are no prerequisite educational or experience requirements, but candidates should have technical knowledge in their chosen field of expertise. Candidates must pass a written exam.

 

Click here to go to Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Council of Building Design Certification (NCBDC) / American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD) certification is for design professionals designing and preparing the construction documents for one and two-family dwellings and light commercial buildings within the United States. CPBD candidates must have at least six years of practical experience (up to three years of educational experience may be substituted for practical experience) and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Pump Installer (CPI) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA), Certified Pump Installer (CPI) is an intermediate-level credential for groundwater technicians. CPIs are often contractors who coordinate not just the ground water pump installation at a site, but related efforts. CPIs are expected to meet experience requirements and to have knowledge of specialized equipment use, geologic formations, and pump troubleshooting skills. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to Project Management Professional (PMP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Project Management Professional (PMP) is an advanced skill level credential for professionals who lead and direct projects. PMPs perform their duties under general supervision for the duration of a project and are responsible for all aspects of a project. PMPs lead cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope. Project Managers seeking certification through PMI must possess knowledge and experience to apply a methodology to projects that have well-defined requirements and deliverables. To apply for the PMP, candidates must meet experiential and educational requirements and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician - Level 1 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician-Level 1 credential demonstrates an individual knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of a variety of laboratory procedures for concrete and aggregates. There is no actual examination or application process for this certification. Certification credentials will be automatically issued upon successfully obtaining concurrent certifications as both Concrete Strength Testing Technician AND Aggregate Testing Technician-Level 1.
Click here to go to Concrete Strength Testing Technician COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Concrete Strength Testing Technician credential demonstrates an individual knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of four basic laboratory procedures related to the determination of concrete compressive and flexural strength. This is an entry level exam and requires applicants to pass both a written and performance exam.
Click here to go to Certified Construction Manager (CCM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Construction Manager Certification Institute (CMCI), Certified Construction Manager (CCM) is an intermediate level certification. The CCM is aimed at construction professionals who manage entire projects and programs using pre-planning, design, construction, close out and management expertise. CCMs assure the best possible project outcome no matter what type of project delivery method is used. Candidates must meet experience and other requirements. Candidates must pass a written examination.
Click here to go to Certified Well Driller (CWD) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA), Certified Well Driller (CWD) is an intermediate-level credential for groundwater technicians. CWDs drill groundwater wells; often CWDs are contractors who coordinate not just the drilling of a site, but related efforts. CWDs are expected to meet experience requirements and to have knowledge of specialized equipment use, geologic formations, and drilling troubleshooting skills. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to Residential Mechanical Inspector - M1 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC), Residential Mechanical Inspector certification validates the knowledge and skills of candidates who inspect residential mechanical systems that are installed and utilized to regulate environmental conditions for one-and-two family homes of three stories or less. Residential Mechanical Inspectors are knowledgeable about heating and cooling systems, water heaters, exhaust systems, duct systems, combustion air, vents and chimneys. There are no prerequisite educational or experience requirements, but candidates must have technical knowledge and pass a written exam.     

Click here to go to Commercial Mechanical Inspector - M2 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC), Commercial Mechanical Inspector - M2 certification validates a candidate's technical knowledge, education and related experience as an inspector. The Commercial Mechanical Inspector demonstrates the ability to apply a thorough understanding of building, international, mechanical and fuel codes when inspecting new installation or replacement of electrical, plumbing, mechanical and related systems in new and existing buildings and sites.  Further, the Commercial Mechanical Inspector is committed to public safety and knows how heating and cooling systems, water heaters, exhaust systems, duct systems, combustion air, vents and fuel supply factors apply to code regulations when conducting inspections. There are no prerequisite educational or experience requirements, but candidates must have technical knowledge and pass a written exam.    

Click here to go to Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Project Management Institute (PMI), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is an entry-level certification for project practitioners and project team members who wish to demonstrate their project management knowledge. Designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management such as initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, and professional and social responsibility. Candidates must meet educational requirements and pass an exam.
Click here to go to Commercial Building Inspector - B2 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC), Commercial Building Inspector - B2 certification validates a professional’s basic technical knowledge and ability to assess buildings to determine the structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations set by the jurisdiction within which the building stands. Commercial Building Inspectors evaluate structures of any size or occupancy to determine compliance, read and approve plans, verify that the plans conform to code, and review construction documents. Candidates must understand the principles that apply to building planning, footings, foundations, floor construction, wall construction, coverings, roof and ceiling construction, and public safety construction. There are no prerequisite educational or experience requirements, but candidates should have technical knowledge and must pass a written exam.

 

Click here to go to Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Autodesk, AutoCAD Certified User demonstrates competency in computer-aided design (CAD). Candidates should have knowledge of the basic use of the AutoCAD software as well as basic drafting and design techniques. Candidates must meet experience requirements to earn this credential. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Residential Plans Examiner - R3 COOL Snapshot page.

Credential description coming soon.
Click here to go to Soils Special Inspector, Plans Module (ECP) COOL Snapshot page.

Credential description coming soon.
Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level II is mid-level credential for field and laboratory technicians who test and inspect construction asphalts. In a more wide-ranging and career-specific way than for the Level I certification, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must pass an exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level IV COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level IV is an advanced certification that validates the expertise of field and laboratory technicians who test and inspect asphalts. At this level, the technician is considered an expert, takes on the most complex assignments, troubleshoots problems, supervises, and is in a position to actively mentor others through the career development process. Level IV technicians must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, Level IVs must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must meet experience requirements and have them verified by a supervisor or outside verifier. Candidates must pass a written exam and may take an optional practical exam.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level I is an entry-level credential for field and laboratory technician trainees who test and inspect construction concrete. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must pass a written exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements. A practical exam is optional.
Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level II is a mid-level credential for field and laboratory associate engineering technicians who test and inspect construction concrete. In a more wide-ranging and career-specific way than for the Level I certification, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must pass an exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level III COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level III certification is for field and laboratory technicians who have achieved the experience level that allows them to work independently and to supervise others testing and inspecting construction materials. Level III technicians must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, Level IIIs must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must meet experience requirements and have them verified by a supervisor or outside verifier. Candidates must pass a written exam and may take an optional practical exam.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level IV COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Concrete - Level IV is an advanced certification that validates the expertise of field and laboratory technicians who test and inspect asphalts. At this level, the technician is considered an expert, takes on the most complex assignments, troubleshoots problems, supervises, and is in a position to actively mentor others through the career development process. Level IV technicians must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, Level IVs must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must meet experience requirements and have them verified by a supervisor or outside verifier. Candidates must pass a written exam and may take an optional practical exam.
Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level I is an entry-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Level I technicians must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, Level Is must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must pass a written exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements. A practical exam is optional.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level II is a mid-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Under supervision and following safe work practices, candidates are required to determine sampling frequencies and procedures, collect samples, perform conduct soils tests, observe soils construction operations, analyze job hazards, calibrate equipment, verify equipment operation, perform basic math calculations, understand statistical concepts, and report test results and observations to engineers. Candidates must pass an exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements. A performance exam is optional.

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level III COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level III is an intermediate-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates must demonstrate that they can create sampling programs, choose appropriate tests, conduct complex soils laboratory and field testing, perform soils stabilization mix designs, observe complex construction of fill, shallow and deep foundations, troubleshoot problem areas, assess materials and conditions and provide recommendations, supervise maintenance and calibration, maintain records and produce reports. Candidates must pass a written exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements. A practical exam is optional.

 

Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level IV COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Soil - Level IV is an advanced-level credential for field and laboratory technicians engaged in the testing and inspection of construction soil. At this level, under the guidance of a registered professional engineer, the technician must be qualified to manage projects. Level IVs coordinate geotechnical services for major projects, create advanced sampling programs, estimate budgets, provide technical expertise for fill placement, shallow and deep foundations construction, troubleshoot difficulties, assess technical data, materials, conditions and provide recommendations, and manage Levels I,II and III technicians. Candidates must pass a written exam. A  practical exam is optional.
Click here to go to Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level I is an entry-level credential for field and laboratory technicians who test and inspect construction asphalts. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials used in roads, buildings, and related civil engineering projects. In addition, candidates must be knowledgeable about testing specifications, methods, practices, and materials assessment. Candidates must pass an exam and provide a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements.

Click here to go to Transportation: Highway Construction Inspection - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET), Highway Construction Inspection Level I certification is for trainees and entry-level technicians who perform limited job tasks under frequent supervision. Level I technicians have basic knowledge of fire alarm system components, basic tools, installation methods, worksite safety, testing and inspecting. Candidates must meet experience requirements and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certification Safety Professionals (BCSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification is an entry-level to intermediate-level construction workplace safety credential. CHST is for individuals who demonstrate competency and work part-time or full-time in health and safety activities devoted to the prevention of construction illnesses and injuries. Candidates should be responsible for securing safe and healthy conditions in construction projects or job sites. Candidates must meet minimum work experience of three years in the field of construction. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Aggregate Testing Technician - Level 1 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

An Aggregate Testing Technician - Level 1 is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of basic field and laboratory procedures for aggregates. This is an entry-level certification designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed within the concrete construction industry. Candidates must receive a passing grade on the ACI written examination and successfully complete the ACI performance examination.
Click here to go to Aggregate/Soils Base Testing Technician COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

An Aggregate/Soils Base Testing Technician is an individual who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to properly perform, record, and report the results of basic field and laboratory procedures for aggregates and soils. This is an entry-level certification designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed within the concrete construction industry. Candidates must receive a passing grade on the ACI written examination and successfully complete the ACI performance examination.
Click here to go to Architectural Apprentice Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

The Architectural Apprentice Drafter certification is part of an examination system which the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) developed almost 20 years ago to establish a credentialing system based on an individual's competency level. It is recommended that the recipient have one year of on-the-job training or 400-600 Contact Hours of practical discipline specific education before applying.
Click here to go to Mechanical Apprentice Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Mechanical Apprentice Drafter is an entry-level engineering certification for individuals who seek professionalization in mechanical drafting. Mechanical Apprentice Drafter applicants are required to meet training requirements and must take the exam.
Click here to go to Architectural Certified Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Architectural Certified Drafter (ACD) certification is part of an examination system developed to establish an individual's competency level. ADDA does not have any eligibility requirements for the ACD examination; however, it is recommended that candidates complete two years of on-the-job training or 800 - 1200 contact hours of practical discipline specific education. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Mechanical Certified Drafter COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Mechanical Certified Drafter (MCD) certification is part of an examination system developed to establish an individual's competency level. ADDA does not have any eligibility requirements for the MCD examination; however, it is recommended that candidates complete two years of on-the-job training or 800 - 1200 contact hours of practical discipline specific education. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Level I COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Level I is an entry-level credential for professionals who have basic knowledge of field operations and procedures used in survey work; additional skills required include computational ability, survey note taking, drafting/CAD and map reading. Candidates for the CST Level I credential should be familiar with various types of surveys and survey field equipment. In addition to surveyor skills, candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge of basic first aid and safety requirements. Candidates for the CST are required to pass the written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level II is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Candidates for the CST Field Track Level II credential are required to demonstrate detailed knowledge of survey computations, types of surveys, field operations, and applications of standard field equipment. Candidates should also be familiar with comprehensive field note taking, plan reading, and preparation. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level III - Party Chief, Boundary COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level III - Party Chief, Boundary is an advanced-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. CST Level III Technicians are required to have three and a half years of progressive surveying experience and are capable of demonstrating a thorough knowledge of survey computations, types of surveys and field operations. The CST - Field Track Level III - Party Chief, Boundary certification requires candidates to possesses supervisory skills and detailed working knowledge of standard field and office procedures. Candidates must understand the principles of surveying and related technical standards. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level IV - Field Manager COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level IV - Field Manager is a senior-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Level IV Technicians are required to have five and a half years of progressive surveying experience of which two years must be in a supervisory capacity. Candidates must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of surveys and field operations; candidates possess skill in independent judgment, communication and supervision. Candidates understand day to day operational functions of field and office survey organizations. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
Click here to go to Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level IV - Office Manager COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level IV - Office Manager is a senior-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey office operations and procedures used in survey work. Level IV Technicians are required to have five and a half years of progressive surveying experience of which two years must be in a supervisory capacity. Candidates must demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of surveys and office operations; candidates possess skill in independent judgment, communication and supervision. Candidates must understand day to day operational functions of field and office survey organizations. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
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The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level III - Chief Computer Operator is an advanced-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey procedures and survey field operations. Level III Technicians are required to have three and a half years of progressive surveying experience and demonstrate knowledge of survey computations, types of surveys and office operations. Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level III - Chief Computer Operator certification requires candidates to possesses supervisory skills and detailed working knowledge of standard office and field procedures. Candidates must understand the principles of surveying and related technical standards. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Office Track Level II is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Candidates for the CST Office Track Level II credential should be familiar with various types of surveys and survey field equipment, field operations, and demonstrating detailed knowledge of survey computations. Candidates must have knowledge of the principles of the profession and the ability to use hardware and software-based tools needed in survey work. Candidates are expected to be familiar with comprehensive field note taking, plan reading and preparation. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level III - Party Chief, Construction is an advanced-level credential for professionals who have experience in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Level III Technicians are required to have three and a half years of progressive surveying experience and are capable of demonstrating a thorough knowledge of survey computations, types of surveys and field operations. Certified Survey Technician (CST) - Field Track Level III - Party Chief, Construction certification requires candidates to possesses supervisory skills and detailed working knowledge of standard field and office procedures. Candidates must understand the principles of surveying and related technical standards. Candidates must take and pass an exam.
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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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