National Occupational Competence Testing Institute (NOCTI)
What is NOCTI?
The National Occupational Competency Testing
Institute (NOCTI) is a nonprofit educational corporation institute that
provides high quality occupational competency examinations to the vocational
educational community, which includes teachers, students, and members of
Currently, there is a consortium of forty-seven
states and the District of Columbia in the program.
What NOCTI can do for you
As a student in the Career and Technical Education
Industrial Technology or Occupational Education program, you can take the
entire NOCTI Job Ready Assessment (written and performance). This earns you
“occupational experience” credit that can be used towards the occupational
education program, or 30 hours of credit towards the Industrial Technology
You must have completed at least one Northern
Arizona University class that is posted to a transcript prior to taking the
NOCTI exam for 35 credits.
NOCTI and student teaching
Prior to student teaching, all students in secondary CTE
certification programs (undergraduate or graduate) will be required to take and
pass the written portion of an appropriate NOCTI Job Ready Assessment. The exam is being used to verify appropriate
content area knowledge in the subject area the student will be teaching.
What are "job ready" assessments?
NOCTI student assessments are categorized as “job ready"
assessments. Job ready assessments measure the skills of an entry-level worker
or an individual who has completed course work in a secondary or post-secondary
career and technical program.
NOCTI assessments allow you to demonstrate your
knowledge, skills, and talents within your chosen occupational program; NOCTI’s
score reports provide valuable data for program improvement and accountability
Student (Job Ready) assessments are developed
using business and industry standards and most include both multiple choice and
Multiple choice assessments can be administered in
traditional paper/pencil format or through NOCTI’s online testing system.
Types of tests
The NOCTI Job Ready Assessment consists of two parts: written
The written test consists of approximately two hundred
multiple-choice items and requires three hours to complete. It covers factual
knowledge, technical information, understanding of principles, and
problem-solving abilities related to the occupation.
The performance test is administered in a
laboratory, industrial, or clinical setting and consists of work assignments
that require four to five hours to complete. It is designed to sample the
manipulative skills required by an occupation.
Thus candidates are able to demonstrate that they
possess the knowledge and skills that competent crafts people employ in their
Career test areas
Tests are available for occupations in 16 career cluster
- Food and Natural Resources
- Architecture and Construction
- AV Tech and Communication
- Business, Management, and Administration
- Early Childhood Education
- Health Science
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Information Technology
- Law, Public Safety, and Security
- Marketing, Sales, and Service
- Electronics and Engineering
- Automotives and Small Engine Repair
Outline of assessments
Assessment blueprints are available for all NOCTI job ready assessments. The blueprints provide an outline of the
assessment and include:
- core competencies and tasks
- sample questions and jobs
- administration information (time, number of
Check out an alphabetical list of available assessments which includes
sample test questions.
Taking the test
Northern Arizona University is the Arizona designated
testing site. This does not mean that
the exam must be taken in Flagstaff; it just means that the university will
administer the exam.
Cost of the NOCTI exam equal to the cost of
three (3) university credits and fees for Fall or Spring semester. Refer to Student and Departmental
Account Services for the exact cost.Read more
The fee for the NOCTI exam includes the exam, the
administration of the exam, and the awarding of credit on your Northern Arizona
University transcript and travel for Dr. Roberts to administer the examination.
Secondary Education CTE students who are taking the
written portion of the exam only will not be charged for first attempt (the
cost is being paid for with course fees).
If a student needs to retake the exam, a $100 fee will be required.
Separate scores for the written and the performance
examinations are reported along with subscores for each test. These scores can
be used diagnostically to determine specific candidate weaknesses. Local (Northern
Arizona University), state, and national norms are given for each test and
If you have any question about the NOCTI exams or
the occupational experience credit, please contact Dr. Michael Roberts at 928-523-9408 or Mike.Roberts@nau.edu.
To schedule an exam
Contact Dr. Michael Roberts at 928-523-9408 or Mike.Roberts@nau.edu to arrange for
After receipt of the tuition and fees, the exam
location and date/time will be coordinated.
Typically the NOCTI exam is given during the academic
calendar and during the ACTEAZ Conference (Friday before conference start) in