The Certified Calibration Technician tests, calibrates, maintains, and repairs electrical, mechanical, electromechanical, analytical, and electronic measuring, recording and indicating instruments and equipment for conformance to established standards.
Here are the requirements, experience and exam specifics for a Certified Calibration Technician.
Candidates must have worked in a full-time, paid role. Paid intern, co-op or any other course work cannot be applied toward the work experience requirement.
Candidates must have five years of on-the-job experience in one or more of the areas of the Certified Calibration Technician Body of Knowledge.
Candidates who have completed a degree from a college, university or technical school with accreditation accepted by ASQ will have part of the five-year experience requirement waived, as follows (only one of these waivers may be claimed):
Diploma from a technical, military, or trade school — two years waived
Associate degree — two years waived
Bachelor's degree — two years waived
Master's or doctorate — two years waived
Degrees/diplomas from educational institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to degrees from U.S. educational institutions.
Here are the minimum expectations of a Certified Calibration Technician.
Will distinguish between base and derived International System units and how to apply, convert, and use them. Will be able to use inspection, measurement, and test equipment (IM&TE) to measure various factors. Will understand the principles of standards, hierarchy of standards, and the importance of traceability. Will be able to select appropriate standards to use based on measurement requirements, equipment availability, and specifications.
Will use measurement methods, distinguish between measurement characteristics, and correct various error sources. Will be able to apply IM&TE specifications and their characteristics. Will understand measurement assurance program (MAP) concepts.
Will be able to describe and interpret calibration certificates, labels, and reports. Will know the components of calibration procedures and be able to use common calibration methods, both manual and automated, while complying with regulations and industry practices. Will recognize the impact environment can have on calibration and will understand calibration and validation processes for IM&TE. Will understand how to manage records and maintain document control systems that support calibration and measurement systems.
Will understand basic measurement uncertainty terms and the steps in developing a budget to calculate uncertainty. Will be able to demonstrate applied mathematics as well as interpret technical mathematics and basic statistical.
Will distinguish between quality system components and will recognize the methods and tools used to develop, improve, and review a quality management system, as recommended by various quality standards and guidances. Will be able to apply quality control tools, identify nonconformances, and assess their potential impact. Will be able to understand quality auditing processes and documentation requirements. Will understand safety requirements, including how to identify potential hazards and the required personal protective equipment to use.
The topics in this Body of Knowledge include additional detail in the form of subtext explanations and the cognitive level at which the questions will be written. This information will provide useful guidance for both the Exam Development Committee and the candidate preparing to take the exam.
The subtext is not intended to limit the subject matter or be all-inclusive of what might be covered in an exam. It is meant to clarify the type of content to be included in the exam. The descriptor in parentheses at the end of each entry refers to the maximum cognitive level at which the topic will be tested. A more complete description of cognitive levels is provided at the end of the document.
Download the Calibration Technician Body of Knowledge
Review a list of references that provide the basis for the exam questions. These items give you a better idea of the material covered in the exam. ASQ offers many books and training opportunities to help you prepare.
Each certification candidate is required to pass an examination that consists of multiple-choice questions that measure comprehension of the Body of Knowledge.
Computer Delivered - The CCT examination is a one-part, 135- multiple choice question exam, and is offered in English only. 125 questions are scored and 10 are unscored. Total appointment time is four-and-a-half-hours, exam time is 4 hours and 18 minutes.
Paper and Pencil - The CCT examination is a one-part, 125- multiple choice question, four-hour exam and is offered in English only.
All examinations are open book. Each participant must bring his or her own reference materials. Use of reference materials and calculators is explained in the FAQs.
To maintain the integrity of your Calibration Technician certification, ASQ requires that you recertify every three years. Find out the steps you need to take for recertification.
ASQ certification examinations are delivered by ASQ's testing partner, Prometric. The examination scheduling instructions in your eligibility letter will direct you to a section of Prometric's website, where you can select and schedule your examination date and location.