National Credential
Credential: Basic Composites  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC)

The CertTEC Basic Composites certification is an entry-level credential designed for composite technicians. The exam tests the technician's skills and knowledge focused on composite history, fiber reinforcements, matrix systems, and processes related to basic composite fabrication, inspection, damage assessment and repair using methods common to the composite fabrication and repair industry. Applicants have different options to meet the eligibility requirements, active duty or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is/was in the composites field meet the eligibility requirement for Basic Composite certification.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Basic Composites

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted A9 CH-47F Helicopter/UH-60M Helicopter Qualification ASI other          
Enlisted U3 Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Basic Composites

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Certifying Technical Employee Competence (CertTEC)
7099 N. Atlantic Avenue
Suite 300
Cape Canaveral, FL  32920
Phone: (321) 730-1020
Fax: (321) 890-0016

Basic Composites

Option 1: Applicant should have completed advance training in the composites discipline.

Option 2: Applicant should have at least two years’ work experience in the composites field.

Option 3: Applicant should be an active or veteran military personnel whose rating or assignment is or was in the aviation structure field.

Option 4: Applicant should be a college or technical school graduate with two-year degree in discipline related to composites engineering or technology.

Basic Composites

  • Characteristics of Composites
  • Fabrication Methods
  • Testing, Inspection, and Repair
  • Health and Safety

Applicants will be required to demonstrate the ability to properly apply composites construction techniques using appropriate materials and tooling to produce composite components, perform material evaluation techniques and perform composite repairs as directed by a qualified CertTEC examiner. CertTEC oral and practical exams must be taken at testing sites. The agency offers many testing locations; see the CertTEC About Certifications page for a map of testing locations.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Basic Composites examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Basic Composites

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Basic Composites credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CertTEC certifications are valid for three years from issuance. To renew certification, the agency offers 3 options– the Work Verification Method, the Alternate Method that involves earning a minimum of 18 Alternate Recertification Credits (ARCs), or lastly the Equivalent Knowledge Exam Method. Additional recertification details can be obtained from CertTEC Recertification Policy.

Basic Composites

Additional considerations for the Basic Composites include:

  • The CertTEC Basic Composites certification requires a specialized testing station to evaluate candidate's oral and practical skills. 

    To find the nearest Regional Testing Center, go to "Where would I test?”

    Please do not submit a request for this certification if you are not close to these testing stations.