Coordinate Measurement Society Launches Two Certification Programs

The two certification levels will focus on best practices and personal expertise to enable metrologists to reach their professional development goals.

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced the launch of two new certification programs in 2018. The CMS Certification Committee will offer a pilot examination for the Level One certification for coordinate measuring machine (CMM) operators. The proctored, online assessment consists of 200 multiple-choice questions covering foundational theory and CMM common practices. The society also offers a pilot assessment for a Level Two certification program for 3D scanner users, conducted by CMS-authorized proctors.

The CMM community is invited to take the pilot exams at no cost during the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference in Reno, Nevada, July 23-27, 2018.

The comprehensive, two-tiered certification program is designed to enable metrologists to reach their professional development goals. Level One covers foundational theory and best practices, while Level Two recognizes specialized, hands-on knowledge used to perform tasks with specific measurement devices. All candidates must complete the application process and qualify to take the assessments.

“Industry demand is driving our efforts behind these certifications designed to recognize critical knowledge and skill sets needed in manufacturing and scientific research,” says CMS Certification Committee Chair Randy Gruver. “We are pleased to expand our traditional membership of portable metrology users to include CMM professionals, a community that has lacked the opportunity to gain credentials for their specialized expertise in measurement and inspection.”

Level One applicants must meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics and pass a peer review. Level Two applicants must have a Level One certification and two years of experience (minimum 400 hours) on an articulating arm or laser tracker. Then, they mustsubmit an application with two references who can attest to their expertise.

Candidates must register online to participate in CMM Level One and CMM Level Two certification. The CMS Certification Handbook is also online, containing guidelines and application forms.