Based on this early idea, a grant titled “Occupational Competency
Testing: Consortium of States Project,” from the U.S.
Commissioner of Education through the Bureau of Research, was
approved and awarded to Rutgers University in 1969.
As the grant progressed through various
phases from 1969 to 1972, the National
Occupational Competency Testing
Institute (NOCTI) was established as a
permanent organization to serve the
Consortium of States, including legal
incorporation with a Constitution, By-laws
and Operating Policies. An Executive
Council was elected to lead NOCTI
forward when the federally-funded grant
In 1973, NOCTI offices were established at Educational
Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1975, NOCTI
moved to Albany, New York. A move to Ferris State University in
Big Rapids, Michigan, occurred in 1983. The current NOCTI
National Headquarters was established in August 1995 at 500 N.
Bronson Avenue in Big Rapids, Michigan.
In 1966 at a conference to discuss the challenge of
certifying non-degreed teachers in vocational education
fields, it was determined by the representatives from 23
states that there should be a process to develop and
implement occupational competency examinations on a
national level. It was generally agreed that
developing, printing, distributing, administering, and
scoring of examinations imposed an impractical burden
on limited state resources. State representatives also
expressed that a third-party, nationally coordinated effort
was needed to develop occupational competency
examinations that were valid and reliable and provided
the field testing, continuous revision, and comparative,
qualitative data reporting that was needed.