First Additive Manufacturing Certification by Stratasys and NOCTI

a classroom with students using 3D printers for educational purposes.

Stratasys partners with the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) to introduce a High-Standard FDM Process Certification.

The global 3D printing market in terms of revenue was estimated at USD 15 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach USD 34.5 billion by 2028 with a CAGR of 18.1%. This makes it an appealing market for young professionals, although certifications may be necessary.

Specialized Certifications in Additive Manufacturing

The partnership between Stratasys and NOCTI signifies a pivotal moment for students and professionals looking to embark on careers in additive manufacturing.

NOCTI certification guarantees that students, whether traditional or non-traditional, acquire industry-endorsed skills. It equips them with the knowledge and proficiency needed to excel in this rapidly evolving field.

Additionally, schools that achieve FDM certification can more easily apply for funding opportunities. This helps them to expand their offerings of additive manufacturing courses, thereby creating even more learning opportunities for students.

Opportunities for Higher Education

The 3D printer prints white plastic model of skull. modern technology.

As part of this partnership, NOCTI is introducing a general FDM certification exam. It evaluates competencies and skills related to materials, design and fabrication, software processing, and post-processing.

This certification will be particularly valuable for schools offering additive manufacturing courses. As it will serve as a benchmark for excellence in 3D printing education.

“Our partnership with Stratasys means we are working hand-in-hand with an industry leader to validate skills and empower both workers and employers in the world of additive manufacturing”. Remarked Kathleen McNally, CEO of NOCTI

“Stratasys is committed to advancing the additive manufacturing industry by not only providing cutting-edge technology but also by ensuring that students and professionals receive industry-recognized skills”. Said Rich Garrity, Chief Industrial Business Unit Officer, Stratasys.

This collaboration with NOCTI signifies a profound commitment to education and workforce development, enabling individuals to thrive in the world of 3D printing.

By Juliana Montoya | January 13, 2024

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