NOCTI and its partners provide opportunities for students to earn credentials and digital badges as a verification of their achievements. These validated and industry-defined credentials are valuable tools as students enter the workforce and/or continue their education. Read about our collaborations below and follow the links to learn more about our certification partners. Blueprints are available for all partner credential tests that include the standards and competencies, sample questions, passing scores, administration information, and program specifics.
American Culinary Federation (ACF)
NOCTI and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) work together to provide comprehensive solutions to secondary and postsecondary individuals looking to begin a career in the field of culinary arts. The collaboration between ACF and NOCTI focuses on co-branding NOCTI’s Culinary Arts Cook and Retail Commercial Baking Job Ready assessments to further expand certification opportunities for culinary students across the country. Learners have the opportunity to earn the Workforce Competency Credential and college credit recommendations through NOCTI and to apply for certification through ACF by meeting the ACF requirements listed on their website.
Electronics Technicians Association®, International (ETA® International)
The Electronics Technicians Association®, International (ETA® International) has collaborated with NOCTI to offer ETA’s Student Electronics Technician (SET) Certification assessment. SET Certification consists of both a knowledge-based online assessment and a skill-based performance test offering learners the ability to earn recognition for each component. The program provides high school students and entry-level technicians the opportunity to earn a basic beginner’s certification and creates an opportunity to continue on a career pathway within the high-demand electronics industry.
FANUC America Corporation
NOCTI and FANUC America Corporation are collaborating to promote certification for learners and instructors in authorized-FANUC secondary and postsecondary testing sites. The credentialing assessments were developed by NOCTI and are based on FANUC’s industry-recognized CERT Program. Certification is an indicator that learners have a basic understanding of robot operations and programming, material handling and its components, and introduction to Roboguide simulation software. The FANUC certification programs are focused on the core Robot Operator skills needed by entry level or incumbent workers.
Green Education Foundation Institute (GEFI)
NOCTI delivers the Sustainability 101 Certification Program through a partnership with Green Education Foundation Institute (GEFI). Learners are more interested than ever in workplace environmental issues and the demand for professional-level sustainability focused education and training continues to increase. GEFI and NOCTI have partnered to meet this need by offering a 15-hour self-paced course, associated resources, and credentialing assessment. NOCTI offers certification on behalf of GEFI for learners successfully meeting the established benchmark.
Home Builders Institute (HBI)
The partnership between NOCTI and the Home Builders Institute (HBI) focuses on offering certification opportunities for individuals in the construction and building industry. NOCTI manages the delivery of the HBI/National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Residential Construction Academy (RCA) Series and the HBI Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) Series. Assessments are available to secondary and postsecondary students as well as instructors interested in becoming HBI certified.
The International Sign Association (ISA)
The International Sign Association (ISA) collaborated with NOCTI to showcase and promote the many exciting and diverse career opportunities that exist within the sign and visual communications industry, which employs more than 200,000 skilled workers. Learners successfully completing any of the ISA supported NOCTI credentials will earn a digital badge issued by NOCTI on behalf of ISA.
Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)
The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) partners with NOCTI for development and delivery of its Certified Production Technician and Certified Logistics Associate/Certified Logistics Technician Certification programs. As the leading certifying body for the nation’s front-line manufacturing production and supply chain logistics workers, MSSC’s certification programs allow students and workers to document their knowledge. The opportunity to earn certification is available for learners at authorized-MSSC assessment centers.
MBA Research/ASK Institute
The MBA Research and Curriculum Center selected NOCTI as a delivery partner for offering the A*S*K Business Institute certification exams and the MBA Research program-of-study exams. NOCTI issues certificates on behalf of the A*S*K Business Institute to individuals who have achieved the established certification benchmark score. This industry-based certificate program is based on extensive research of industry practice and formal validation by business practitioners. Together with NOCTI, MBA Research and A*S*K Institute are committed to preparing learners for success in their future business-related careers.
National Academy Foundation (NAF)
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) selected NOCTI as their partner to develop a customized, web-based system for managing all aspects of the NAFTrack Certification program. NAFTrack Certification demonstrates that a student has achieved the highest levels of college and career readiness through their NAF Academy. The custom-developed system consists of an online testing module, permissions-based modules for administrators, instructors, and students, and an Internship Module used for tracking student internship progress towards certification. The system allows for uploading of student projects with integrated grading tools for instructors, automatic scoring of multiple-choice and constructed-response items, tracking and scoring for the internships, and overall student roster and class schedule maintenance.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and NOCTI partner to promote and advance occupational safety and health practices among young workers. The collaboration includes the development and delivery of the Youth@Work-Talking Safety assessment that measures a student’s acquisition of the foundational workplace safety and health skills taught through the NIOSH curriculum. Learners successfully passing the Talking Safety assessment will earn digital badge recognition from NIOSH through NOCTI’s SkillBadge™ system. Learners are able to purchase the assessment independently through the NOCTI Student Resources Center. After registering for an account, learners will be able to place an order, take the assessment, obtain their score, and retrieve the digital badge.
Northeast Equipment Dealers Association (NEDA)
NOCTI and Northeast Equipment Dealers Association (NEDA) are working collaboratively in promoting and distributing apprenticeship assessments in four levels to measure the skills critical for servicing agriculture and construction equipment. Education programs can incorporate this assessment to measure learner knowledge and skills required to be a successful service technician. Those achieving the benchmark will earn recognition in the form of a digital badge issued by NOCTI on behalf of NEDA.
North American Technician Excellence (NATE)
NOCTI and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) have partnered to recognize successful secondary learners who earn the NOCTI Workforce Competency Credential for the NOCTI HVACR-Installation and Start-Up or HVACR-Service and Repair assessments. Learners are also eligible for a NATE certificate and digital badge! NATE and NOCTI are committed to supporting future HVAC technicians as they pursue additional formal training via a postsecondary program and/or HVAC employment. Future technicians with these credentials have a foundation that supports the pursuit of professional certifications such as ICE and other NATE-related certifications.
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC)
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) apprentice and journeyman training programs are designed to help students learn both the theoretical and practical applications of a highly skilled trade while helping plumbing and HVACR contractors develop a well-educated workforce. PHCC collaborated with NOCTI to offer four certification opportunities related to the Plumbing industry.
Project Management Institute Educational Foundational (PMIEF)
NOCTI partners with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) to offer a Fundamentals of Project Management assessment to secondary students focused on essential project management skills. Learners successfully passing the assessment will earn a digital badge issued by NOCTI on behalf of PMIEF. Regional organizations and teachers may order the PMIEF assessment when there is not a NOCTI account at their site by using the PMIEF Security and Testing Agreement.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
NOCTI and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) have collaborated to deliver the Advanced Career End-of-Course Exams to eligible schools. SREB created the Advanced Career initiative to deepen learning in career and technical education and boost students’ success after high school. SREB offers curricula in ten advanced career pathways that include real-world learning to prepare students for further study and rewarding STEM careers. Learners achieving the established benchmarks will receive a certificate highlighting their achievement.
Tooling U-SME selected NOCTI as the development and delivery partner for its Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals certification. The Additive Manufacturing certification is ideal for individuals seeking to work in additive manufacturing roles in automotive, aerospace, and medical equipment. It is also ideal for high schools as a capstone or standalone achievement to increase workforce readiness in additive manufacturing. Learners successfully meeting the benchmark will earn a certificate and digital badge through NOCTI’s SkillBadge™ system.
Virtual Enterprises (VEI)
NOCTI serves as the development and delivery partner for the Virtual Enterprises International (VEI) assessment program. Open to all students, VEI empowers and motivates participants to develop a range of academic, business, technology, and professional skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education, employment, and the community. Verification of these skills can be demonstrated through a credentialing assessment, with successful completion resulting in a VEI certificate to recognize successful achievement.