ATMAE Announces Completely Retooled Technology and Engineering Certification Program at 2013 ATMAE Conference in New Orleans, Seeks Industry Input

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On November 22, 2013, ATMAE will announce a complete retooling of their current certification program that will increase the viability of certification holders and employer satisfaction with new hires. ATMAE is seeking industry professionals who will provide input into the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful new hire.

Mark Miller-CSTM, CSMS, CSEG, ATMAE Certification Board Chair

By having a core set of knowledge, we are standardizing the knowledge base of our certificants across the country.

At the ATMAE (Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering ) 2013 ATMAE Annual Conference, “Developing the Future Workforce,” the ATMAE Certification Board (ATMAE-CB) will announce their new revamped Certification Programs. Each program works closely with industry to ensure they reflect the latest industry standards and expectations. The Announcement Session is on Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in new Orleans, LA.

Since 1991, ATMAE-CB has developed exams that identify the key elements of knowledge for the well rounded Technology Management and Applied Engineering graduate. Since then, ATMAE -CB has tweaked the exams to make sure they reflect current technologies. For the past several years, Dr. Mark Doggett from Western Kentucky University, and his team have been studying the latest innovations in the field as well as current curriculum from around the country and updated the core pieces of knowledge needed to be a well-rounded technologist. Dr. Doggett has honed these pieces into the Technology Management Body of Knowledge (TMBOK). This TMBOK will be the centerpiece for the retooled ATMAE-CB Certification Program to be unveiled at the ATMAE Annual Conference, in New Orleans, LA, November 20-23, 2013.

“This TMBOK is the culmination of years of gathering data and discussions amongst educational professionals around the country, and I believe represents the latest developments in technology management,” says Dr. Mark Doggett. The TMBOK will be used to retool the current exam, creating one core exam with multiple specialty modules.

Dr. Mark Miller, The University of Texas at Tyler, and the ATMAE-CB Board Chair, believes that the new exam programs will help fill industry needs to find qualified applicants for their future staffing needs. “By having a core set of knowledge, we are standardizing the knowledge base of our certificants across the country. When a business hires one of our certificants they know they are hiring someone who has a well-rounded knowledge base and has shown that they want to stand out amongst their peers.”

Now that the TMBOK is complete, the ATMAE-CB is following ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accreditation standards for certification to create a new technology management exam that will focus on the core knowledge components. As ATMAE-CB works on the exam development, they will be seeking input from industry leaders throughout the country to ensure the exam reflects the current needs of industry. These Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will represent industry from many sectors and company sizes. If your company would like to be considered as an SME, you can contact Mindy Fernandes, CAE at the ATMAE office. This input will include job analysis and ranking to identify current tasks and skills needed by industry.

Dr. Miller believes the ANSI process of creating a new exam will increase the validity of the exam and its certificants. “The ANSI Standards that we follow are rigorous. We also know that to increase the talent and skills of new hires, we need to prepare them and show some sort of proof that they have that knowledge. This validation process of the various bodies of knowledge solidifies the relationship between academia and industry who are working together to ensure a well prepared workforce.”

The Exam Commission will continue to seek industry input, and exam testing throughout 2013-2014, with an expected completed exam ready for the 2014 school year.

To find out more about this program, or if you would like to attend the session in New Orleans on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, contact Mindy Fernandes at the ATMAE Office.

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) is an international organization that sets standards for academic program accreditation, personal certification, and professional development for educators and industry professionals involved in integrating technology, leadership and design.

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