NOCTI/America Makes Additive Manufacturing Credentials

March 03, 2021 | Categories: America Makes News, Member News

Credentialing has historically been an important part of workforce development for manufacturing, and America Makes has teamed up with NOCTI (the largest independant credentialing body in the US) to create the very first “Essentials of Additive Manufacturing” credential for high schools.  If your high school is selected as a test site, both the online multiple choice assessment, and the hands-on performance assessment will be available to pilot at NO COST.   The pilot testing window for this assessment is April 1 to May 30, 2021.

A 30-minute info session recording is now available for interested high schools to review:

Here’s who will be walking you through the opportunity details to determine if your high school would be a good fit:

  • Josh Cramer, Director of Education and Workforce Development, America Makes
  • Bill White, Applied Engineering and Technology Teacher, Avonworth High School
  • Lawrence Binek, Aerospace Engineer, Raytheon
  • Julie Vanhala, Product Development Coordinator, NOCTI
  • Moderator: Mara Hitner, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, MatterHackers

Pilot testing is a critical phase in the development of new credentials.  It gives students an opportunity to practice testing and receive feedback on their knowledge in a no-pressure environment.  Instructors compare their curriculum with the assessment blueprint to ensure their class covers the most important competencies determined by the subject matter expert team in the development of the test.  NOCTI collects data from pilot testing to ensure the test items and overall test performs as expected.

For questions regarding your high school becoming a pilot site for the new credential, email

To get involved with America Makes and their various education initiatives for additive manufacturing, email

Thank you for playing an essential role in developing America’s next generation of manufacturing workforce. Feel free to forward this info and post the video link for anyone who would benefit from this game-changing opportunity.