1. How do I qualify for senior (CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, or CSTP) status?

Individuals meeting the following criteria are eligible to be certified by ATMAE for the "senior" certification:

  • The applicant must be currently certified in the CCE, CEG, CMS, CTM, or CTP programs.
  • The applicant must report thirty (30) professional development units (PDU) of continuing education activity that were completed within 3 years prior to the application. (Please note that coursework completed in pursuit of the academic degree used as the qualifying degree for CCE, CEG, CMS, CTM, or CTP certification cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.)
  • You may be initially certified as a CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP if you passed the related exam, and have completed 30 PDUs of continuing education activity* within 3 years prior to your application (*Continuing Education Activity does not include coursework related to the degree used as part of CCE, CEG, CMS, CTM, or CTP eligibility.)

2. When I move from initial status to the senior status, do I need to take the exam again? Do I need to pay the application fee again?

No new exam is required, and there is no additional fee to upgrade to CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, and CSTP

3. Do I have to report continuing education activity each year to keep my senior Certification?

No, you need only report at least 30 PDUs of continuing education activity within your 3-year CSCE, CSEG, CSMS, CSTM, or CSTP period, there is no annual minimum PDU requirement.

4. Is there a point where I no longer need to report PDUs?

Yes, retired members don’t need to report PDUs, nor do "life members”. Life members are individuals that have been certified continuously for 20 years. 

5.  What kind of activity qualifies for a PDU credit and what documentation is required for reporting PDU activities?

Almost all educational activities related to Applied Engineering, Industrial Technology, Technology Management, or other technology or management issues can count: technical or management seminars and workshops, college audit or credit coursework, employer-based technical training, development and teaching of new college courses or industry training seminars and workshops, peer-refereed papers and presentations, and many more items can be counted. Educational activity that counts for other certification programs (such as SME CMfgT, ASQ, or Six Sigma, for example) can also be counted for ATMAE PDU credit

See suggested PDU activities and values

Completion certificates or other written documentation from the entity offering the educational activity, college transcripts, signed letters or memo from your supervisor or your employer’s HR or Training department, convention completion forms, etc. Generally, the document must originate from someone other than you, and it must give the title or describe the activity, indicate the date of the activity, and provide a basis for evaluating its PDU value (either contact hours, CEUs, or credit hours.) A letter or email from yourself describing what you did is usually not sufficient. The ATMAE staff is always ready to assist you in determining how to document your activity.

Review required documents for Senior Certification and instructions for how to upload them to your member profile.