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National Marine Electronics Association

The National Marine Electronics Technician, or NMET is similar to Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET), but without the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements. The purpose of the NMET program is to provide a "stepping stone” towards CMET.  The NMET exam is identical to the CMET exam and has the same "experiential knowledge” questions related to installing, troubleshooting, and repairing marine electronics.  CMET and NMET test questions are exactly the same, drawn from the same test pool questions with no differentiation.

The only differences between NMET and CMET are the NMET certification will not include the CMET prerequisite requirements that students must pass three FCC tests: Elements 1 (Marine Radio Operator Permit), 3 (General Radio Operators License—GROL) and 8 (Ship Radar Endorsement).  CMETs can also perform FCC Ship Radio Safety Inspections required by U.S.C.G.  NMEA Master dealers require a CMET on staff as CMETs are legally licensed to perform repairs and FCC Inspections.

The NMET exam is a proctored 150 question test with a 2 hour time limit, and a passing grade of 80%. The test can be taken at any local library, test center, the NMEA office, and the NMEA Conference. Proctored testing arrangements must be scheduled by the test taker a minimum of 2 weeks in advance. Pre-requisites require the test taker to have a current AMEI certificate and an Advanced NMEA 2000 certificate at the time of the exam.
There are no direct study materials associated with the NMET exam at this time. Experiential knowledge of troubleshooting and installing complex marine electronics systems is the basis of the exam.  The CMET / NMET exam question pool, now nearly 500 questions, has been expanded and modernized by subject matter experts in the areas of Radar, Sat Comm, Sat TV, Autopilots, AIS, Displays, Computers, Heading Devices, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, VHF, DSC, SSB and NMEA data. Passing the NMET certification will provide two points toward NMEA Master Dealer status. NMEA Master Dealers, however, will still be required to have a CMET on staff.

The NMET / CMET is a closed book test and a standard calculator is allowed. There is 1 retake allowed within 60 days (included in exam price) and the proctor rules above apply. If a test taker fails the re-take, the next available date to take the exam is 12 months from the date of first test; in which the standard exam price applies again.

As stated above, NMET does not replace (and is not equivalent to) a CMET because a CMET has met a higher standard of expertise. Unlike NMETs, CMETs are legally allowed to repair VHF, SSB, and marine radar transmitters. The main difference between a NMET and CMET is that a CMET has successfully completed the FCC exams and is listed on the FCC website as such.  Pricing for the NMET / CMET exam is $100 for NMEA members and $300 for non-members.  NMEA can also administer FCC exams at  $50 for first 2 elements, and $75 for all three elements for everyone. Both the CMET exam and FCC exams must be proctored at the NMEA National Office or your local library.