National Credential
Credential: Pneumatic Technician (PT)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS), Pneumatic Technician (PT) certification is for professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry who troubleshoot, test, modify systems, and prepare reports. PTs fabricate, assemble, service, maintain and test pneumatic equipment. PTs also calculate force and motion control systems and follow blueprints and schematics with ISO standard pneumatic symbols. To earn the PT certification, candidates must pass a written exam and a job performance exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Pneumatic Technician (PT)

The following Navy Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Navy$ Gap Analysis LaDR
Enlisted ABE-Aviation Boatswain's Mate, Launching and Recovery Equipment Rating most  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted AM-Aviation Structural Mechanic Rating other      
Enlisted AS-Aviation Support Equipment Technician Rating some  Navy Bucks    E3 Pay Grade
Enlisted EN-Engineman Rating other      
Enlisted GM-Gunner's Mate Rating other      

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of three ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will most likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This Credential has been approved for payment through the Navy's Credential Program Office. Note that to be eligible for Navy funded credentials, you must have demonstrated competency and experience towards the credential being sought. This credential may require additional work to fully meet competency and experience requirements.

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Pneumatic Technician (PT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)
P.O. Box 1420
Cherry Hil, NJ  08034-0054
Phone: (800) 308-6005
Fax: (856) 424-9248

Pneumatic Technician (PT)

  • Pneumatic Symbols
  • Gas Laws
  • Maintenance
  • Components
  • Controls
  • Basic Circuits
  • Troubleshooting

The job performance assessment consists of the following six stations:

  • Identify Fluid Power Symbols
  • Identify Fasteners and Fittings
  • Use of Multimeter
  • Measure a Pump Piston and Spool
  • Fluid Conductors
  • Tube Bend and Flare

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Pneumatic Technician (PT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Pneumatic Technician (PT)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Pneumatic Technician (PT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The PT certification is renewed every five years by completing 30 professional development points (PDPs) and paying a recertification fee. Additional information can be found on the IFPS website.

Pneumatic Technician (PT)

Additional considerations for the Pneumatic Technician (PT) include:

  • Individuals who hold the IFPS Industrial Hydraulic Technician (IHT), Mobile Hydraulic Technician (MHT), and Pneumatic Technician (PT) certifications earn the Fluid Power Master Technician (MT) designation. Navy COOL can provide funding for maintaining the Fluid Power Master Technician (MT) designation for eligible Sailors.