Meeting the large demand for a skilled workforce

Personnel Certificate Programs

Program Overview

The AM Personnel Certificate Program is designed to meet the large demand for a skilled workforce to support the rapid implementation of AM technology. These certificate programs are aimed to fill the AM knowledge gap by providing  world-class training from industry leaders to equip the future AM workforce with highly valued technical skills. Personnel certificate programs comprise of General AM course and role-based AM courses. General AM course provides a comprehensive understanding of all the aspects of AM technology and the role-based courses helps to gain skill sets for specific AM roles such as Designer, Application engineer, and Quality Engineer.

Certificate Program Benefits

  • Tangible proof of training
  • Learning pathway to AM roles
  • Unique focus on standards

Certificate Pathways

Certificate pathways are developed by the AM CoE, informed by the AM community, industry analysis, partner capabilities, and more. Participants take core courses that build toward a certificate for a specific role, and can take electives to earn additional specialized certificates (e.g., Designer).

Confidential information to be collected and conditions for disclosure

The AM CoE will not disclose the following information to third parties without prior consent from the program participant:

  • Personal identification information (including name, address, telephone number, email address, and payment information)
  • Electronic records generated or transmitted by the AM CoE regarding individual program participants
  • Academic records, including test scores and other records of student performance

Certificate Exam

  • Online exam based on the published syllabus
  • On successful completion of the exam, participants receive a certificate recognized by the ASTM International AM CoE
  • Exams can be taken at attendees’ convenience with an ASTM-recognized proctor

Certificate Details

Purpose/scope To provide core technical knowledge related to common Additive Manufacturing (AM) practices by covering the entire AM process chain.
Target audience Technicians, managers, engineers, members from government agencies, regulatory bodies, students, and instructors.
Learning Outcomes After completion of the course, the attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core fundamental concepts of the entire AM value chain. This course will serve as a foundation for future courses that will earn additional role-based certificates. It can also enable a career path in AM.
Instructional design plan ASTM AM CoE will follow the general approach of the ADDIE model (Analysis, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate) for the instructional design.
Minimum requisites for participation The certificate course is open to all who are just stepping into AM or already have experience and are looking to increase knowledge in all aspects of the AM value chain and stay up to date on the latest advances.
Passing score needed in summative assessment 70%
Personnel qualifications Not Applicable
Fees, deadlines, cancellation, and refund policies ASTM has policies in place for fees, cancellation, and refund.
Qualifications conveyed by the certificate General AM Certificate
Applicable academic credit Previous credits from any academic courses or certificate courses do not apply to this program. To earn the certificate, the participant is required to attend 8 modules of the lecture-based course conducted by AM CoE.
Certificate term and rationale The certificate term is for life as the learning outcome of this course is to understand the core fundamental concepts of additive manufacturing technology.
Credits from this course Attendees of this certificate course are eligible for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits.
Commercial support disclosure No commercial support is received in whole or in part for the certificate program from any agencies other than the registration fees from the participants.
Applicable changes to this certificate In subsequent versions of the course, the course content will undergo periodic refinement to reflect the latest advancement in the technology without deviating from the core fundamental concepts. The modification in the course content will not affect the validity of the certificate already earned by the participants.
Special requirements for participation Not applicable

Advisory Group for AM Personnel Certificate Program

Role of the Advisory group 

The role of the Advisory Group is to provide technical and operational advice to the management team of ASTM AM CoE’s personnel certificate program. The Advisory Group comprises of subject matter experts and technology leaders in additive manufacturing from Industry, Academia, Government, and Research Institutes.

Advisory Group Responsibilities

The Advisory Group will provide input into the certificate program on

  • Target audience
  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • Requisites
  • Term
  • Intended learning outcomes
  • Instructional design plan
  • The Advisory Group also performs
  • Review of the course syllabus
  • Evaluation of the assessment questions
  • Oversee certificate exam and advise on resolving any appeals

Advisory Group members will convene at least twice in a year to advise the certificate program management and provide strategic direction.

Advisory Group structure

The Advisory Group constitutes with five external members and one coordinator from ASTM AM CoE.

Cindy Ashforth FAA
Klas Boivie SINTEF, Norway
Matthew Di Prima FDA
Shane Collins Additive Industries
Paul R Gradl NASA
Khalid Rafi (cord) ASTM International

Management team for AM personnel Certificate Program

Nima Shamsaei Auburn University
Mohsen Seifi ASTM International
Rachael Andrulonis WSU-NIAR
Khalid Rafi ASTM International

AM CoE by the Numbers

With decades of experience in additive manufacturing, our team of experts is integral to our work. With team members located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, the AM CoE is able to provide agile support for global initiatives.


combined in-kind, government agency, and ASTM investment
projects initiated that will address AM standardization gaps

How can I participate?

  • Support through Research and Development

    Through the AM CoE, research priorities are identified by the top minds in the field and are matched from the start to the standards that need to be generated to ensure the resulting AM technology’s success.

  • Consortium for Materials Data and Standardization

    Consortia for Materials Data & Standardization (CMDS) enables companies of all sizes from across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem to collaborate on standardizing the best practices for materials data generation.

  • Explore On-Demand Webinars

    The webinar series provides guidance sessions on multiple and diverse topics in AM Design, Fabrication, Post-processing, Mechanical testing, Non-destructive evaluation, Applications, and Qualification and Certification.

  • Education & Workforce Development

    Comprehensive program that educates and trains the additive manufacturing workforce at all levels, while continually incorporating new advances to respond to industry needs and leverage standardization, certification, and AM CoE partner expertise.