The iNARTE EMC Design Engineer Certification Program is applicable to professional engineers practicing in EMC fields whose main responsibility is designing electronic circuits, components, sub systems and equipment to ensure EMC compliance.  It was developed between iNARTE and KEC, Japan, in equal partnership.  There are two levels of certification available depending upon experience:  EMC Design Engineer and Senior EMC Design Engineer.

The EMC Design Engineer level is intended for new or recent graduates who are entering industry with a view to building a career in electronics design and have the knowledge to apply EMC principles to design for compliance.

The Senior EMC Design Engineer level is intended as an upgrade for EMC Design Engineers who have held that initial credential for at least three years.  However, Exemplar Global iNARTE certification will accept applications for certification as a Senior EMC Design Engineer from practitioners who have at least 4 years practical work experience following their postsecondary education to degree level.

The examination is significantly different from the established Exemplar Global iNARTE EMC/EMI Certification Exam in that the exam questions are all related to EMC Design for Compliance and other EMC fundamentals.  There are few if any questions related to Field Theory, EMC Emission or Susceptibility standards and disciplines better suited to Test, Measurement and Mitigating Engineering.

There is one part, four hours duration.  All questions are multiple choice.

The exam is 50 questions and all should be attempted.

The exam is CLOSED BOOK, only a self-made 1cm thick notebook and a scientific calculator are allowed.  No reference books, publications or laptop computers are allowed.

Two new original questions submitted before the exam can count as two examination credits.

The pass mark is 70% average. Retake is possible after 90 days. There will be no credit for past exam scores.

Once your EMC Certification application fee is received, Exemplar Global will coordinate and arrange for a testing date, time, location and point of contact.

The examination for EMC Design Engineers or Senior EMC Design Engineers is 4 hours in duration.  All examinations are given with closed book, only a self-made notebook, (approx. 1 cm thick), and a scientific calculator are permitted in the exam room.

Examinations are graded at the Exemplar Global principal office and the applicant will be advised of a pass/fail within 10 working days.

Passing score for EMC Design Engineers or Senior EMC Design Engineers is 70% average.  Should a candidate fail the examination, a retake is permissible following a 90 day period.  Examinations may be retaken any number of times, however, an examination processing fee is required each time the exam is taken.

Candidates retaking the examination must achieve a passing grade at one 4 hour session and will not be allowed to take credit for grades achieved in parts of earlier sessions.

EMC Design Engineer Exam Subjects

Category EMC Design Engineer Level
EMC Countermeasures Expertise
Countermeasure Components Application
EMC Design Expertise
EMC Simulation Application
EMC Rule Check Application
Design Reviews Basic
Signal Integrity Application
Power Integrity Basic
Power Electronics Basic
Electronic Circuitry Basic
Basic EMC Knowledge Expertise
Terminology Expertise
Mathematics Basic
Electromagnetics Application
Shielding Application
Electrical Circuit Theory Application
Measurement & Analysis Basic
Specifications & Standards Basic

Senior EMC Design Engineer Exam Subjects

Category EMC Design Engineer Level
EMC Countermeasures Expertise
Countermeasure Components Expertise
EMC Design Expertise
EMC Simulation Expertise
EMC Rule Check Expertise
Design Reviews Expertise
Signal Integrity Application
Power Integrity Expertise
Power Electronics Expertise
Electronic Circuitry Expertise
Basic EMC Knowledge Expertise
Terminology Expertise
Mathematics Basic
Electromagnetics Expertise
Shielding Expertise
Electrical Circuit Theory Expertise
Measurement & Analysis Application
Specifications & Standards Basic

NOTE (1): This list is suggested but not all inclusive.  Bold titles indicate primary reference material.

NOTE (2): Most MIL STDs are available for free downloading at http://www.everyspec.com

  1. Reference Data for Engineers: Radio, Electronics, Computer and Communications, Howard W. Sams Co., Inc., Indianapolis/Kansas City/New York, Seventh Edition, 1988.
  2. ANSI/IEEE STD 100: IEEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical and Electronic Terms, IEEE, 1984.
  3. Paul, Clayton R., Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility, New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,
  4. Kraus, John D., Electromagnetics, McGraw Hill, 1986
  5. Kraus, John D., Antennas, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, NY
  6. Howard W. Johnson & Martin Graham, High-Speed Digital Design – A Handbook of Black Magic, Prentice Hall
  7. Prasad Kodali, Engineering Electromagnetic Compatibility, 2nd Edition, IEEE Press, NY
  8. Mark I. Montrose, Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance 2nd Edition, IEEE Press, 2000
  9. *MIL-STD-463 – Definitions and system of units, electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility.
  10. *MIL-STD-1310H,Shipboard bonding, grounding, and other techniques for electromagnetic compatibility and safety.
  11. *MIL-HDBK-237 Rev D – Electromagnetic compatibility management guide for platforms, systems and equipment.
  12. *MIL-HDBK-419A – Grounding, bonding and shielding for electronic equipment and facilities
  13. NAVAIR AD 1115, EMC Design Guide for Avionics and Related Ground Support Equipment.
  14. EMC, Telecom and Computer Encyclopedia Handbook, EMF-EMI control, Inc., Warrenton, VA 20187, 1999.
  15. Gnecco, Louis T, MSEE, Problems and Solutions in Wireless Communications and Electromagnetic Compatibility, Tempest, Inc., Herndon, VA, February 1999.

Fee Schedule

Application Fee Re-Examination Fee Online Examination Fee
Engineer $220.00 $220.00 N/A
Senior Engineer $220.00 $220.00 N/A

To apply for iNARTE EMC Design Engineer Certification, download the Certification Criteria document below then click the ‘Apply Now’ button to proceed. Should you have any issues following the certification process, try visiting the ‘How To Apply‘ page. If you need assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

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