The Coordinate Metrology Society launched the first Level-One Certification for 3D portable measurement professionals five years ago. Since that time, the organization has consistently rolled out additional assessments to support the industry. This year is no different. The CMS has announced plans to launch two new certification programs in 2018. First, the CMS certification committee will offer a pilot examination for the industry’s first Level-One Certification for coordinate measuring machines (CMM) operators. The CMM community is invited to take the pilot exam at no cost during the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) in Reno, NV, from July 23-27, 2018. The proctored, online assessment consists of about 200 multiple choice questions covering foundational theory and CMM common practices. To participate, candidates must register online at  

In addition, the society will offer a pilot assessment for a new CMS Level-Two Certification for 3D scanner users. These measurement devices have revolutionized the quality control process in terms of portability, speed, accuracy, and automation. Technavio’s new market research report Global 3D Scanner Market 2018-2022 states their analysts project the portable 3D handheld scanner market will have steady growth at a compound annual growth rate close to 9% by 2022. This large-scale industry adoption of 3D scanning technologies prompted the CMS to take a serious look at the need for user certification. The 3D scanner community is encouraged to take the pilot exam at no cost during CMSC 2018. Early registration is encouraged. The hands-on, device specific assessment will be conducted by CMS-authorized proctors. Applicants for CMS Level-Two Certifications must register online at First come, first served. 

“Industry demand is driving our efforts behind these two new certifications designed to recognize critical knowledge and skill sets needed in manufacturing and scientific research,” says Randy Gruver, chair of the CMS certification committee. “We are pleased to expand our traditional membership of portable metrology users to include CMM professionals, a community that has lacked the opportunity to gain credentials for their specialized expertise in measurement and inspection. The pilot testing phase is an important step in the development of the CMS level-one certification for CMMs and the CMS level-two certification for 3D scanners. Users are urged to take the pilot exams to prepare for the official assessments which will be rolled out later in the year.”

The Coordinate Metrology Society’s comprehensive, two-tiered certification program enables measurement specialists to reach their professional development goals. The CMS certification credential aids in quantifying an employee’s knowledge of metrology, which is essential to ISO certified manufacturers and companies with quality management systems. The current portfolio includes a level-one certification for 3D portable metrology users that covers foundational theory and best practices. Level-two certifications recognize specific hands-on expertise used to perform tasks with specific measurement devices. The level-two certification examinations are conducted by CMS-authorized proctors for users of articulating arms and laser tracker. All candidates must complete the application process and qualify to take the assessments. 

Developed for practitioners by senior practitioners, these certifications are based on meticulous, ongoing research and measureable standards to judge performance and knowledge, providing value to both the professional and their employer. Level-one certification applicants must meet eligibility requirements, sign the CMS code of ethics, and pass a peer review. CMS level-two certification applicants must have a level-one certification, two years’ experience (minimum 400 hours) on an articulating arm or laser tracker, and submit an application with two references who can attest to their hands-on expertise. 

Metrology skills are in higher demand than ever before. If you are a measurement professional using portable or stationary CMMs, and invested the time in growing your skillset, an industry certification can give you tangible recognition for your career work. The structure of the CMS certifications allows each individual user to exhibit mastery at the level that is appropriate for you. The CMS Certification Handbook provides a comprehensive summary of the program with guidelines and application forms are available at For more information, interested parties can contact the CMS certification committee at [email protected].