Coordinate Metrology to Launch Two Certification Programs

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) has announced plans to launch two new Certification Programs in 2018. The CMS Certification Committee will offer a pilot examination for the industry’s first Level-One Certification for coordinate measuring machines (CMM) operators. The proctored, online assessment consists of about 200 multiple choice questions covering foundational theory and CMM common practices. 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. To participate, candidates must register online at

The Coordinate Metrology Society will also offer a pilot assessment for a new CMS Level-Two Certification program for 3D Scanner users during their upcoming conference. The 3D scanner community is invited to take the pilot exam at no cost during CMSC 2018. 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. Early registration is encouraged.

The organization offers a comprehensive, two-tiered Certification program for metrologists to reach their professional development goals. The portfolio includes a Level-One Certification for 3D portable metrology users that covers foundational theory and best practices. Level-Two Certifications recognize specialized hands-on knowledge used to perform tasks with specific measurement devices. The CMS Level-Two Certification examinations are conducted by CMS-authorized proctors for articulating arm and laser tracker users. All candidates must complete the application process and qualify to take the assessments.

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. The CMS Certification Handbook with guidelines and application forms are available online at the CMS website at For more information, contact the CMS Certification Committee at

About the Coordinate Metrology Society

The Coordinate Metrology Society is comprised of users of 3D portable and stationary measurement technologies, service providers, and OEM manufacturers of close-tolerance industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The professional organization offers Level-One and Level-Two Certification programs for career enhancement, and supports industry initiatives such as the PrecisionPath Consortium for Large-Scale Manufacturing. The membership gathers each year at their annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) to gain knowledge of advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data. The portable metrology systems represented at CMSC include articulating arms, CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry /videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS and laser projection systems.

For more information on the organization, please visit their website at

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