733X - Aviation Maintenance CWO

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Voluntary Education

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Additional information pertaining to 733X - Aviation Maintenance CWO can be found below.

Federal Aviation Administration

At the FAA, Air Traffic Control Specialists (ATCS) have three distinct areas of specialization :

  1. Terminal (Tower) Controllers, who control air traffic at airports and give pilots taxiing and takeoff instruction, air traffic clearances and advice
  2. En Route Center Controllers, who give aircraft instructions, air traffic clearances, and advice regarding flight conditions while en route between airports
  3. Flight Service Station Controllers, who provide preflight, in-flight and emergency assistance to all pilots on request

In addition to an Air Traffic Controller certificate, air traffic control specialists must possess :

  • A rating for the facility to which they are assigned. This facility rating requires a demonstrated knowledge of the kind and location of radio aids to air navigation, the terrain, the landmarks, the communications systems and circuits, and the procedures peculiar to the area covered by the facility. All required certificates and ratings must be obtained within time limits established by the agency management.
  • At least a second class Medical Examination detailed in 14 CFR Part 67. Medical examinations must be conducted by a FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner.

Although there are provisions for hiring individuals with no previous air traffic controller experience, as of early 2002, the FAA is only hiring graduates of FAA-approved post-secondary educational programs, current or former federal employees (including former military members eligible for a Veteran's Readjustment Appointment), or Retired Military Air Traffic Controllers for positions in the En Route Center or Terminal specialty areas.

To be eligible for the program, you must meet all of the following criteria :

  • Be on terminal leave pending retirement from active duty military service or have retired from active duty military service on or after September 17, 1999.
  • Have received either an air traffic control specialist certification and/or a facility rating according to FAA standards.
  • Meet all application, qualification and position requirements, including applicable medical and security requirements.

Controllers hired under this program are given time-limited appointments, meaning that their appointments will have a specific termination date attached to them. The initial appointment may be up to 10 years and may not exceed the last day of the month in which the controller turns age 56. Appointments can be extended for up to five years at a time.

You will be required to submit a Retired Military Controller Specialist Job Application and proof of your retired status (Form DD 214). Do not submit the OF-612 federal job application form. Other FAA Application Forms you may need are located at the FAA website.

Eligibility requirements, privileges, and performance standards for Air Traffic Tower Operators and Aircraft Dispatchers are detailed in 14 CFR Part 65.

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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Click here to go to Certified Safety Professional (CSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) is an intermediate-level credential for professionals who support workplace safety practices. CSPs conduct worksite assessments, determine risk, measure hazards and controls, evaluate risk and hazard control measures, investigate incidents, maintain incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. CSP candidates must meet experiential requirements that relate to the field of workplace safety. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) is designed for technicians who have less than two years of experience or training in electronics. The CETa is the foundation for ETA’s journeyman, senior, and master specialty, and master certification programs. CETa applicants must meet the experience or training requirement and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Telecommunications Electronics Technician (TCM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Telecommunications Electronics Technician (TCM) is an intermediate-level technician credential for professionals who work in the telecommunications field. TCM candidates must have knowledge of wired and wireless communications basic concepts, which are then applicable to various types of voice, data and video systems. Telecommunications Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical areas: Cables and Cabling, Analog Telephony, Equipment, Telecom Safety and Mathematics, Transmission Service Providers and Protocols, Distribution Methods, Computer, Digital Telephony, Interfacing, Internet, Network Infrastructures and Topologies, Office Wiring, Wireless Telephony, Test Equipment, Optical Wiring, and Troubleshooting. Candidates that hold a Standalone TCM and later complete the Associate CET (CETa), are eligible to upgrade to a Journeyman CET.
Click here to go to RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) is a journeyman-level certification recommended for radar electronics technicians with knowledge of radar basics and concepts applicable to all types of avionics, maritime and land systems. RADAR Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical and human relations areas: Block Diagrams and Schematics, Components, Cabling and Antennas, Hand Tools & Soldering, Mathematics, Amplifiers, RADAR Transceivers, Interfacing, Satellite, Wireless, and Data Communications, Computers and Digital Concepts, Software Programming, Troubleshooting, and People Relations. Candidates must hold the Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification prior to taking the RADAR exam. Individuals with a valid FCC Element 8, and either the ETA Associate CET (CETa) or a Journeyman (CET) certification, are eligible for a rollover to an ETA RADAR certification. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) certification is an intermediate-level fiber optics professional credential. Candidates for the FOT certification are expected to have knowledge of fiber optics concepts pertaining to designing, configuring, installing, and maintaining fiber optics systems. FOTs test and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LANs) with various faults. The FOT certification is designed for technicians, system analysts, design engineers, managers, telecommunications professionals, fusion splicers, mechanical splicers, end users, and others whose professions require fiber optics knowledge and skills. The prerequisite for the FOT certification is the ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI), or equivalent work experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level (Associate CET) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level (Associate CET), is an entry-level certification for technicians and students with under four years of experience and validates the technician’s knowledge of basic electronics, including math, DC and AC circuts, transistors and troubleshooting. The Associate CET is also a pre-requisite for ISCET Journeyman level certifications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Communications COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians, Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Communications credential is for technicians working in the electronics field. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of two-way transceivers and how to service them. Candidates also must understand communication theory, transmitters, deviation, sensitivity, quieting, and troubleshooting. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Computer COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians, Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Computers credential is for technicians working in the field of electronics. Candidates must demonstrate an understanding of computer systems and hardware and must show proficiency in basic arithmetic and logic operations as they relate to computer theory, computer organization, memory and storage, and input and output equipment. The technician should have some knowledge of software and programming, and be able to explain troubleshooting procedures. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Industrial COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level – Industrial credential is for technicians working in the electronics field. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of characteristics and applications of industrial electronic components, and the operation of devices such as triacs, SCRs, diacs, and Shockley diodes. In addition, candidates must understand transducers, transistors and op-amps operations, single-phase and three-phase control systems, motors, PLCs, and industrial electronics safety and hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Candidates must pass a written exam.

Click here to go to Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Radar COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician -Journeyman-Level – Radar credential validates the technician’s general knowledge of both continuous wave and pulse radar operation. Candidates must know about transmitters and receivers, antennas, transmission lines and their characteristics and CRT display systems and their power supplies. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Quality Auditor Certification (CQA) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) is a professional who understands the standards and principles of auditing and the auditing techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting to determine a quality system's adequacy and deficiencies. The Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) analyzes all elements of a quality system and judges its degree of adherence to the criteria of industrial management and quality evaluation and control systems. Candidates must have eight years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Quality Auditor Body of Knowledge. A minimum of three years of this experience must be in a decision-making position. Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the eight-year experience requirement waived. Candidates must pass a written examination.
Click here to go to Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) COOL Snapshot page.

The Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) posesses the professional expertise and knowledge required to successfully perform plant and facilities supervisory activities. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of experience in maintenance management. Candidates must also pass a written examination. Recertification occurs through earning at least five recertification credits every three years.
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Inspection Authorization (IA). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) initiated the issuance of the inspection authorization (IA) more than 35 years ago. This system of allowing qualified mechanics the privilege of performing certain inspections has served well in the maintenance of the U.S. civil fleet. The attainment of an IA and performance of the duties thereof greatly enhance the privileges and responsibilities of the aircraft mechanic. Candidates must hold a currently effective mechanic certificate with both an airframe rating and a powerplant rating, each of which is currently effective and has been in effect for a total of at least 3 years; have been actively engaged, for at least the 2-year period before the date of application, in maintaining aircraft certificated and maintained in accordance with this chapter; and must have available the equipment, facilities, and inspection data necessary to properly inspect airframes, powerplants, propellers, or any related part or appliance. Candidates must also pass a multiple-choice examination, which focuses on the ability to inspect according to safety standards for returning aircraft to service, after major repairs and major alterations and annual and progressive inspection performed. More information about the examination can be found on the FAA website.
Click here to go to Mechanic (Powerplant) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 24 months

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mechanic (Powerplant) is a mid-level certification. Powerplant mechanics are authorized to work on engines and do limited work on propellers. Mechanics work in hangars, repair stations, or out on the airfield on the "flight lines" where aircraft park. Applicants must meet FAA's training and experience requirements. Applicants must pass written and practical exams.
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Click here to go to Certified Senior Technology Manager (CSTM) COOL Snapshot page.

Certified Senior Technology Manager (CSTM). This is an advanced-level credential. Certification at the senior level requires a dedication to continuing education, and to promoting your continued growth and development as a professional in the technology field. Candidates must be currently certified in the CEG, CMS, CTM, or CTP programs, or must be eligible for them (i.e., passed the examination, meet education, employment, and ATMAE membership prerequisites). Candidates must also report thirty Professional Development Units (PDUs) of continuing education activity that were completed prior to the application (within prior three years). CSTM certification is renewable every three years, and requires 30 PDUs of continuing education activity within each 3-year CSTM period to be eligible for recertification.
Click here to go to Mechanic (Airframe) COOL Snapshot page.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mechanic (Airframe) credential is for mechanics who perform or supervise the maintenance, preventive maintenance or alteration of airframes. Airframe mechanics are authorized to work on any part of the aircraft except the instruments, power plants, and propellers. Airframe mechanics work in hangars, repair stations, or out on the airfield on the "flight lines" where aircraft park. Mechanic (Airframe) applicants must be at least 18 years old, be able to read, write, speak and understand English, and meet education, training and experience requirements. Applicants must also pass written, oral, and practical exams.
Click here to go to Associate Engineering Technologist (AT) COOL Snapshot page.

The Associate Engineering Technologist (AT) certification is intended for individuals who have graduated from an engineering technology bachelor's degree program accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET). An engineering degree will NOT be considered as a substitute for a program from an accredited school. The Associate Engineering Technologist (AT) grade is available upon graduation, No work experience is required for certification at the AT grade.
Click here to go to Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification is aimed towards professionals involved in career fields such as Production and Inventory Management, Operations, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Materials Management, and Purchasing. The CPIM certification does not have eligibility requirements at this time. Candidates must pass two exams (Part 1 and Part 2) within a three-year period to earn the CPIM certification.
Click here to go to Industrial Electronics Technician (IND) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Industrial Electronics Technician (IND) certification is an intermediate journeyman-level credential for electronics technicians. Candidates applying for the IND certification are expected to understand basic industrial electronics concepts applicable to various specialty areas of industrial electronics; Additionally, candidates must meet minimum experience requirements of at least two years working in the industry, this may include electronics training. IND candidates must be knowledgeable and have skills in the following areas: Amplifiers, Optical Wiring, Block Diagrams Schematics, Power Supplies, Test Equipment Tools, Mathematics, Computers Digital Concepts, Safety, Satellite Wireless Data, Communications, Cabling, Troubleshooting, Motors, Programmable Logic Controllers, and Software. Candidate must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) COOL Snapshot page.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Mechanic (Airframe & Powerplant) is a senior-level certification. Airframe mechanics are authorized to work on any part of the aircraft except the instruments, power plants, and propellers. Powerplant mechanics are authorized to work on engines and perform limited work on propellers. Combination airframe and powerplant mechanics, called A&P mechanics, work on all parts of the plane except the instruments. Most mechanics working on civilian aircraft today are A&P mechanics. Applicants must meet FAA's training and experience requirements. Applicants must pass written and practical exams.
Click here to go to Certified Calibration Technician (CCT) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Certified Calibration Technician (CST) tests, calibrates, maintains and repairs electrical, mechanical, electromechanical, analytical and electronic measuring, recording, and indicating instruments and equipment for conformance to established standards. Candidates must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Calibration Technician Body of Knowledge. If the candidates have completed a degree from a college, university, or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ, part of the five-year experience requirement will be waived. Candidates must pass a written examination.
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 Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Technician COOL Snapshot page.

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Technician certification requires candidates to provide record of six years or more of experience in EMC technician work. Graduation from an iNARTE-approved electronics technology curriculum of two years or U.S. Navy Class "A" school is considered equivalent to one year of required experience. Engineering teaching of a character satisfactory to iNARTE may be considered as a maximum of two years experience. Candidates must submit a minimum of one supervisory reference and two additional references each supporting character and competency as an EMC Technician, and must compose 10 original multiple choice questions with correct answers and supporting references. Candidates must also pass an examination, which covers topics such as Bonding, Shielding, Grounding, and lightning interference. More information about the examination can be found on the certifying agency's website.
Click here to go to Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (CMRP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professional (SMRP), Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) is a certification for maintenance, reliability and physical asset management professionals. CMRP candidates should possess aptitude in the following areas: business and management, equipment reliability, manufacturing process reliability, organization and leadership, and work management. There are no experience or education eligibility requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Avionics Electronics Technician (AVN) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Avionics Electronics Technicians (AVN) certification validates the knowledge and skills of individuals who install, maintain and adjust electronics equipment, cabling and the accessories used in aviation communications and control equipment. AVNs demonstrate an understanding of avionics systems, cabling, computers and digital concepts, amplifiers, interfacing, antennas and transmission lines components, mathematics, network topologies and infrastructures, people relations, optical cabling, safety, test equipment and tools and satellite communications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Certified Aerospace Technician Core COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The SpaceTEC, Certified Aerospace Technician Core is an entry-level certification that covers general knowledge in the areas of introduction to aerospace, applied mechanics, basic electricity, test and measurements, materials and processes, and aerospace safety. To earn the Certified Aerospace Technician Core certification, candidates must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria and pass both a written exam and a practical exam. Candidates who do not receive a satisfactory score on the written exam are also required to pass an oral exam.
Click here to go to NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The ASTM International, NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) is the primary NCATT certification and is required for ASTM International endorsements in the career field. The AET certification recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. AET knowledge and skills include basic electronics facts, terminology, and principles, common maintenance practices, fundamentals of equipment maintenance, and aircraft fundamentals. There are no AET eligibility requirements. The AET written exam is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience.
Click here to go to Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification (PSP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

AACE International, Planning and Scheduling Professional Certification (PSP) recognizes specialists who meet a demanding set of planning and scheduling criteria. A PSP is a skilled planning and scheduling professional with advanced experience in project planning, and developing, monitoring, updating, forecasting and analyzing integrated project schedules. PSP candidates must be able to communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, both internal and external. Candidates must have at least 8 full years of professional experience, of which up to 4 years may be substituted by college/university degree. Candidates must pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Technician COOL Snapshot page.

The Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Technician is a mid-level certification that is appropriate for for engineers and technicians whose training and experience have primarily focused on problems, engineering design and corrective measures associated with minimizing or eliminating electrostatic discharge. Candidates must provide specific record of six years or more of experience in ESDC technician work. Graduation from an iNARTE-approved electronics technology curriculum of two years or U.S. Navy Class "A" school is considered equivalent to one year of required experience. The satisfactory completion of each year of such an approved technician curriculum is considered equivalent to one year experience. Candidates must submit a minimum of 1 supervisory reference and 2 additional references each supporting character and competency as an ESDC Technician, and must compose 10 original multiple choice questions with correct answers and supporting references. Candidates must also pass the iNARTE ESDC Technician examination.
Click here to go to Associate Safety Professional (ASP) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification validates an individual's knowledge and experience in the safety profession. ASP certifies an individual's ability to perform at least 50% of professional-level safety duties in safety, health, environment, and ergonomics. Safety professionals are required to make worksite assessments to determine risks, potential hazards and controls, evaluate risks and hazard control measures for equipment, systems, facilities, and processes, investigate incidents, maintain and evaluate incident and loss records, and prepare emergency response plans. ASP candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate DC (EM1) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate DC (EM1) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of various electrical and electronics concepts, electronic measurement equipment, electronic components, circuitry, and other related subjects specific to direct current (DC) electronics. The EM1 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate AC (EM2) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate AC (EM2) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of AC, safety, cabling, and other procedures. The EM2 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of diodes, transistors, thyristors, integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, power supplies, basic test equipment and measurements, mathematics and formulas, amplifiers, and other related subjects. The EM3 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate Digital (EM4) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Digital (EM4) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of various digital electricity and electronics concepts, numbering systems and conversions, and other related subjects. The EM4 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
Click here to go to Electronics Associate Comprehensive (EM5) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Comprehensive (EM5) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of soldering, desoldering, tools, electrical conductors, AC power distribution, circuit protection, circuit controls, generators, motors, interfacing of electronics products, and technician work procedures. The EM5 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
Click here to go to Aviation Structures COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC), Aviation Structures is an entry-level certification for technicians who specialize in aviation structure knowledge, fabrication methods, health and safety, inspection and repair, and regulations and documentation. Applicants must meet training or experience requirements and are required to pass a certification exam.

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.

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Navy Bucks

Credential voucher or reimbursement for credential exam, re-certification, or maintenance fee has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. To get a voucher request form, click Menu at the top of any page, then click "2 Complete Voucher and Apply" under Credentialing Steps.

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

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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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