Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer - CMTSE

Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE)

The Certified Manufacturing Technology Sales Engineer (CMTSE) Program is the only nationally recognized program that acknowledges individuals who possess the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively perform as manufacturing technology sales engineers.

Since 1993, more than a thousand individuals have taken the CMTSE exam and have earned the CMTSE designation through a combination of practical experience, formal study and successful completion of a comprehensive, nationwide examination.

CMTSEs demonstrate their knowledge in:

  • Business Practices, Manufacturing Economics, and Ethics
  • Capital Investment Justification
  • CNC Technology and Machine Control
  • Cutting Tool Technology
  • Engineering Drawings and Geometric Tolerancing 
  • General Mathematics and Geometry
  • Machine Tool Accuracy
  • Machine Tool Design
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Metalforming Technology
  • Responding to Customer Needs
  • Sales Planning and Organizing
  • Territory and Customer Development
  • The Selling Process

The CMTSE is a demonstrated value-add for the individual sales professional, his or her employer, and their customers. View the many benefits or read testimonials from current CMTSE holders.

The CMTSE Study Guide and exam are developed by AMT's Certification Committee. Content is derived from a comprehensive Sales Engineer Job Analysis drawn from the metal cutting, forming, and fabricating experience of professionals across the U.S. and Canada and followed by a national industry validation.

The CMTSE program is supported by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing TechnologyThe National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)Precision Metalforming Association (PMA)The Machinery Dealer's National Association (MDNA), and the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors' Association (CMTDA).


Upcoming CMTSE Exams

The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions and lasts approximately three (3) hours in duration. The online exam is provided up to four times per year and administered in a proctored environment.

May 12, 2021 (register by March 12)
July 14, 2021 (register by May 14)

New dates posted periodically. Check back for additional dates.



The CMTSE credential is awarded in three-year terms and must be renewed at the end of each term. November 1, 2020, is the recertification deadline for CMTSEs who first certified in 2017 and those who recertified in 2017.

Continue to Recertification Page


The following AMT member companies have been honored with the AMT Professional Development Award for their commitment to the CMTSE program in addition to their ongoing education and training programs across all job functions and titles: Ellison Technologies, Inc., Hartwig, Inc., Hurco USA, Mazak Corporation, The Morris Group, and United Grinding Technologies.


Catherine Ross
Director of Education, Smartforce Development
E:  cross@amtonline.org
P:  (703) 827-5291

Note:  As of January 2013, after careful consideration, the CMTSE sub-committee decided that replacing "Machine Tool" in the CMTSE name with "Manufacturing Technology" is appropriate considering the depth of the knowledge that CMTSEs require in the entire manufacturing process.