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.

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 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 Cross-Rated Sailors

If you have cross-rated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating. 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 it 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, 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 Enlisted Occupation

If you are Navy enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) enlisted 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 enlisted (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to your enlistment in 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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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 an intermediate-level credential for individuals who review and examine building construction documents for conformity to building codes and regulations. Building Plans Examiners are responsible for reviewing submitted plans to determine if the plans meet requirements set by the jurisdiction within which the building stands. At this level of certification, the examiner reviews plans for any size of building in any occupancy classification. The ICC B3 exam validates an individual's basic technical knowledge, education and related experience as an examiner. The certification holder demonstrates the ability to read blueprints, and has a strong knowledge of building codes, and can determine if plans meet regulated criteria for safety, utilities, and installations. Additionally, examiners with the B3 certification review the status of and land and building permits. Certified individuals understand building planning, footings, foundations, floor construction, wall construction, coverings, roof and ceiling construction, and public safety construction as it applies to building code compliance. There are no experience requirements, education requirements, or pre-requisites that must be met prior to taking the written exam. However, individuals seeking the Building Plans Examiner certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise. Candidates are required to pass an 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. Project Managers 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 Management Professionals seeking certification through PMI demonstrate 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 are required to pass the 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 Certified Construction Manager (CCM) credential 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. The candidate must meet experience and other requirements. Candidates must also pass a written examination.

Click here to go to Registered Construction Inspector: Division I: Engineering COOL Snapshot page.

A Registered Construction Inspector in engineering is a general inspector whose principal duties included the contract administration and the inspection of engineered works and may involve inspection of all related trades or materials of construction in which a specialist is not specifically required by the using agency or appropriate authority in connection with the following types of work, including both public and private sector construction projects: irrigation, drainage, water power, water supply, flood control, inland waterways, harbors, docks and wharves, shipyards and ports, dams and hydroelectric projects, levees, river control, reclamation works, railroads, highways, streets, roads, tunnels, airports, sewers, sewage treatment plants and systems, waste reduction plants, bridges, overpasses, underpasses, and other similar works, pipelines and other liquid or gaseous substances, parks, playgrounds and other recreational works, refineries, chemical plants and similar industrial plants requiring specialized construction knowledge and skills, powerhouses, other utility plants and installations, mines, metallurgical plants, land leveling, earth moving projects, excavating, grading, trenching, paving, and surfacing work, concrete works, and including any engineered buildings or structures appurtenant thereto.

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 an individual's basic technical knowledge, education and related experience as an inspector. The certification holder demonstrates the ability to conduct inspections on mechanical equipment within a residence and has knowledge of residential codes. The individual will have an understanding of the following equipment: heating and cooling systems, water heaters, exhaust systems, duct systems, combustion air, vents and chimneys as it applies to code standard when conducting an inspection. There are no experience requirements, education requirements, or pre-requisites that must be met prior to taking the written exam. However, individuals seeking the Residential Mechanical Inspector certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise. Candidates are required to pass a multiple-choice written exam with at least a 75%.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC) Commercial Mechanical Inspector certification validates an individual's technical knowledge, education and related experience as an inspector. The certification holder demonstrates the ability to inspect the new installation or replacement of electrical, plumbing, mechanical and related systems in new and existing buildings and sites, and has a strong knowledge of building, international mechanical, and fuel gas codes. The certified individual will show a confirmed commitment to public safety and an understanding of factors such as heating and cooling systems, water heaters, exhaust systems, duct systems, combustion air, vents and fuel supply and how it applies to code regulations when conducting inspections. There are no experience requirements, education requirements, or pre-requisites that must be met prior to taking the written exam. However, individuals seeking the Commercial Mechanical Inspector certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise. Candidates are required to pass a multiple-choice written exam with at least a 75%.

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. Designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM demonstrates an understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. The written exam covers project management areas such as initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, and professional and social responsibility. Candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 1500 hours professional experience on a project team or 23 hours of project management education.

Click here to go to Commercial Building Inspector - B2 COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Code Council (ICC), Commercial Building Inspector is a mid-level certification designed for professionals who assess buildings to determine the structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Candidates for the Commercial Building Inspector certification must possess basic technical knowledge and inspector-related experience. Certified individuals perform inspections of structures of any size or occupancy to determine compliance with various building codes and standards adopted by their jurisdiction. Candidates for the Commercial Building Inspector certification are expected to have the ability to read plans, verify that the plans conform to code, approve plans, and review construction documents. Additionally, candidates should 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 experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the written exam; however, individuals seeking the Commercial Building Inspector certification should have technical knowledge and related experience in their chosen field of expertise.

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

Renewal Period: Not Renewable

The Autodesk AutoCAD certification is for persons seeking to validate their knowledge of Autodesk software. Whether candidates are in manufacturing, civil engineering or architecture, Autodesk certification signifies their experience and expertise in using the AutoCAD software. Candidates may choose from the Certified Associate or Certified Professional certifications. The AutoCAD Certified Associate exam is an on-line examination that assesses knowledge of the tools, features, and common tasks in AutoCAD. Once the Associate certification is earned, candidates may choose to continue with the performance based Certified Professional exam. It is recommended that candidates for the Certified Associate exam have 50 hours of hands-on application of AutoCAD and candidates for the Certified Professional exam have 400 hours of hands-on experience. Candidates are certified on a specific release (year) of AutoCAD. Although certification for a particular version never expires, certification is not considered current unless the lastest exam has been passed.

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 certification is a mid-level credential for field and laboratory associate engineering technicians who test and inspect construction asphalts. Candidates for the Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt - Level II certification have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to work more independently than Level I technicians. Under supervision, candidates determine sampling frequencies and procedures (for example, ASTM and AASHTO); conduct a variety of aggregate and asphalt mix tests; monitor asphalt plant operations; identify issues with mix production and placement; follow safe work practices; apply job hazards analyses; perform equipment calibration; verify equipment operation and perform equipment maintenance;perform math calculations and report test results and observations. Candidates are required to pass an exam and to obtain 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 certification program was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction materials. Candidates must have knowledge of engineering properties of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must have a minimum of 120 months of direct involvement in activities related to construction materials testing. Candidates must also provide a detailed description of a major project and their role showing Senior responsibility for an asphalt construction materials testing project of substantial complexity. A written exam must be taken and passed. 
 

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. The candidates for NICET certification at Level I in Construction Materials Testing – Concrete should have the knowledge, experience and basic skills needed to work in the industry. Under direct supervision, candidates should become familiar with sampling standards (for example, ASTM and AASHTO); follow sampling procedures; conduct various methods of concrete testing; gain a basic understanding of concrete properties; perform basic math calculations; read with basic comprehension skills, grasping construction and materials terminology; use safe practices such as wearing personal protective equipment; identify task-specific hazards; verify current calibration and equipment operation; verify that concrete materials are to specifications; support engineers by performing routine testing and work in vertical or horizontal construction. Candidates must meet experience requirements including, pass an exam and have a supervisor’s verification of satisfying experience requirements.

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. Candidates for NICET certification at Level II in Construction Materials Testing – Concrete should have the knowledge, experience and skills needed to work more independently than Level I technicians. Under supervision, candidates should be able to determine sampling frequencies and procedures (for example, ASTM and AASHTO); conduct a variety of aggregate and concrete mix tests; monitor concrete plant operations; inspect forms, shoring and concrete reinforcement; follow safe work practices; apply job hazards analyses; perform equipment calibration; verify equipment operation and perform equipment maintenance; perform math calculations and report test results and observations. Candidates are required to meet experience requirements including, pass an exam and obtain 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 program was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction materials. Candidates must have knowledge of engineering properties of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must have Level II work experience plus three additional years and at least three of these years must involve concrete testing and QA/QC as the primary activity. The balance may be in construction and/or other materials testing activities. Candidates must obtain a supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

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 certification was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction materials. Candidates must have knowledge of engineering properties of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must have Level III work experience plus five additional years of concrete testing and QA/QC experience involving a broad range of complexity and diversity. Candidates must obtain a Supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

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 specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates must have knowledge of engineering properties of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates do not need to have any experience, but it is helpful to have some knowledge of and experience in soils testing, QA/QC, inspection or related activities. Candidates choose the work elements to be included on the written exam and must pass a minimum of three general work elements and six special work elements. Candidates must obtain a Supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

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 specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates qualify for level two with 2 years of experience of which at least one year must involve soils QA/QC activities. Candidates must have knowledge of construction material engineering properties used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must pass the written exam.

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 specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates qualify for level three with 5 years of experience of which at least three years must include soil QA/QC experience. Candidates must have knowledge of construction material engineering properties used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must pass the written exam, submit a supervisor’s verification of the candidate’s experience and a personal recommendation.

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 specifically in the testing and inspection of construction soil. Candidates qualify for level four with 10 years of experience of which at least five years must include soil QA/QC experience. Candidates must have knowledge of construction material engineering properties used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation. Candidates must pass the written exam, submit a supervisor’s verification of the candidate’s experience, a write-up detailing the candidate’s work experience in completing a major project, plus a personal recommendation.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Highway Materials certification program is for highway engineering technicians involved in laboratory and field testing of highway materials such as aggregates, asphalts, concrete, soils, paints, and metals. This program addresses knowledge of techniques and equipment; recordkeeping and reporting procedures pertaining to materials and quality control; and supervisory techniques. Level I is designed for trainees and entry-level technicians who perform limited job tasks under frequent supervision. Certification at Levels II, III, and IV does not require prior certification at the lower level, but it does require meeting the certification requirements of the lower levels. Candidates must have minimal relevant work experience or entry- level training in highway materials. Candidates must obtain a Supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

Click here to go to Transportation: Highway Materials - Level II COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Highway Materials certification program is for highway engineering technicians involved in laboratory and field testing of highway materials such as aggregates, asphalts, concrete, soils, paints, and metals. This program addresses knowledge of techniques and equipment; recordkeeping and reporting procedures pertaining to materials and quality control; and supervisory techniques. Level II is for technicians who perform routine tasks under general daily supervision. Certification at Levels II, III, and IV does not require prior certification at the lower level, but it does require meeting the certification requirements of the lower levels. Candidates must have two years of experience relevant to highway materials. Candidates must obtain a Supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

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 technician trainees who test and inspect construction asphalts. Candidates for the Construction Materials Testing: Asphalt – Level I have the knowledge, experience, and basic skills needed to work in the industry. Under direct supervision, candidates become familiar with sampling standards (for example, ASTM and AASHTO) for mix design and submittal; follow sampling procedures to obtain a sample; identify task-specific hazards; perform a variety of tests, such as field density, aggregate gradation, and asphalt content; perform basic math calculations; read with basic comprehension skills, grasping construction and materials terminology; reduce samples to testing size; use safe practices such as wearing personal protective equipment; use splitting equipment; and verify current calibration and equipment operation for tests. Candidates must pass an exam and obtain 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. Candidates must have knowledge in interpretation of contract plans and specifications; project record keeping and reporting; construction surveying; field inspection and testing procedures, techniques, and equipment. Certification at Levels II, III, and IV does not require prior certification at the lower level, but it does require meeting the certification requirements of the lower levels. Candidates must have minimal relevant work experience or entry level training in highway construction inspection. Candidates must obtain a Supervisor's verification of all work elements and take and pass a written examination.

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. The CHST is designed 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.

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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.

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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.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Architectural Certified Drafter credential is part of an examination system which the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) developed to establish a credentialing system based on an individual's competency level. It is recommended that the applicant completes two years on-the-job training or 800 - 1200 Contact Hours of Practical Discipline Specific Education.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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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.

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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 and education in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Candidates for the CST Field Track Level II credential should be familiar with various types of surveys and survey field equipment, types of surveys and field operations, and demonstrating detailed knowledge of survey computations. Candidates should have knowledge of the principles of the profession and the ability to use hardware and software-based tools needed in survey work. Candidates are also 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, Boundary is an advanced-level credential for professionals who have experience and education in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Level III Technicians are required to have 3.5 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.

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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 and education in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Level IV Technicians are required to have 5.5 years of progressive surveying experience of which 2 years must be in a supervisory capacity. Candidates 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.

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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 and education in survey office operations and procedures used in survey work. Level IV Technicians are required to have 5.5 years of progressive surveying experience of which 2 years must be in a supervisory capacity. Candidates demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of surveys and office 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.

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Renewal Period: 1 year

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 and education in survey procedures and survey field operations. Level III Technicians are required to have 3.5 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 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 and education in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Candidates for the CST Field Office 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 and education in survey field operations and procedures used in survey work. Level III Technicians are required to have 3.5 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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In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

Navy Bucks

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill. Click for external link to GI Bill licensing and certification information.

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ANSI

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ICAC

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NCCA

This credentialing program has been accredited by NCCA. Click for external link to the NCCA web site.

ABSNC

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IAS

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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 mimum 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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Registered Apprenticeship

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