IMI Training and Certification
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For technicians:
Certified Maintenance Technician I: CMT-I (entry level)
Certified Maintenance Technician II: CMT-II (CMT-I is a prerequisite)
Certified Maintenance Technician III: CMT-III (CMT-II is a prerequisite)

For supervisors & managers:
Certified Maintenance Professional: CMP (CMT-I is a prerequisite) *
Certified Maintenance Manager: CMM (CMP is a prerequisite)

CMT-III, CMP, & CMM are entitled to use initials after their name

CMT-I prerequisite will be waived for senior members in good standing, with ten years experience in the maintenance field.

Individual exam results include guidance to the candidate for additional training. While IMI approved courses are specified and endorsed by the International Maintenance Institute International, preparatory and remedial training may take any of several forms:

  • Self-study (with or without periodic instructor guidance)
  • Group study (with or without periodic instructor guidance)
  • Classroom courses conducted by a qualified volunteer or professional instructor
  • Courses taught by a local college or university

While formal, instructor-taught classes are the most desirable, each chapter is encouraged to provide training to the best of its ability, whatever it may be. Every IMI International member is entitled to the training programs he or she needs in order to succeed in certification testing.

  • Successful comprehensive certification testing.
  • Completion of all units failed on a certification test, with end-of-unit exams conducted by an IMI approved Proctor with a 2-year time limit.
  • Classroom completion of all units of the curriculum, in each of the five certifications, with end-of-unit exams conducted by an IMI approved Proctor, with a 2-year time limit.
The passing score for all IMI certification exams is 70%.
IMI has approved training courses for preparatory and remedial training. All questions in the IMI Certification exams are thoroughly answered and explained in IMI approved courses.
Any exam candidate who is not personally known to the proctor responsible for the exam is required to provide photographic identification before being registered and given an exam booklet and answer sheet on the day of the test. Acceptable identification includes, but is not limited to: driver’s licenses, government identification cards, passports, and military identification.
Upon written request at least 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date, the exam may be administered orally to anyone making this request. The letter must explain why the request is being made. On the day of the exam, a copy of the letter must be included in the returned exam question booklet, along with the answer sheet and registration form.
Upon written request at least 30 days prior to the scheduled testing date, candidates who are not sufficiently conversant in English may provide a translator, at their own expense (if any). The translator must have no industry knowledge or background. On the day of the exam, a copy of the letter requesting translator assistance must be included in the returned exam question booklet, along with the answer sheet and registration form.
All categories of certification except CMT-I require a prior IMI certification*, as explained under General Policies. Candidates are encouraged to take one test at a time, and await results before testing for the next grade. However, due to the fact that testing opportunities may be limited in some cases, participants are permitted to take next-grade exams before receiving results for the prerequisite(s), as long as the prerequisite exam(s) was (were) attempted. In such cases, however, if the candidate passes the higher-level exam(s), but fails the prerequisite test(s), no certification is awarded. A record is kept of those exams completed successfully, and advanced-grade certification will be automatically awarded upon passing the prerequisite(s).
Any exam candidate who fails an exam may re-test after 60 days from the date he or she last took the exam. This time is to be used for remedial training.
  • Required every two years *
  • Obtained by taking proctored re-certification exam or by obtaining total of six (6) CEUs over five-year period from job related sources.
  • Although CMT I and II are prerequisites* for CMT III, a CMT III certificate holder does not have to re-certify for CMT I and CMT II.
  • CMT-I is not renewable, one must move up to CMT-II – III or CMP.

* CMT-I prerequisite will be waived for senior members in good standing, with ten years experience in the maintenance field.

IMI International selectively appoints exam proctors based on their credentials and reputation for responsibility, integrity, and ability to follow procedures dependably. Proctors are testing agents of IMI International, and are responsible for maintaining the reputation and merit of the program. It is imperative that all policies and procedures be followed to the letter. Cheating, dishonesty, or failure to follow required procedures will result in the proctor’s appointment being withdrawn.

To request appointment as a certification exam proctor, complete an application forward it to IMI International office with a letter from your chapter president, supervisor or department head, on letterhead stationary, requesting your appointment as a proctor and confirming your qualifications to conduct the exams. Mail these to:

IMI International
P.O. Box 751896
Houston, TX 77275-1896

If any information on the form changes, you must notify IMI International office (noted above) immediately. Keep these instructions for future reference. You may call IMI International office at (888) 207 1773 (Toll Free) – (281) 481 0869, fax (281) 481 8337, or e-mail: iminst@swbell.net with any questions.

No, membership in IMI is not a requirement.
  • Requires classroom training.
  • IMI is an authorized CEU sponsor.
  • Member, International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Chapters (only) may borrow Instructional Support Manuals (ISM) from IMI office with required fee. Fee is refundable on termination of Chapters program.
The tests may be ordered and conducted only by IMI-appointed proctors. Contact the IMI office for further information.

Phone – (281) 481-0869 or (888) 207-1773
Fax – (281) 481-8337
E-mail: iminst@swbell.net
Web site-www.imionline.org

IMI chapters, schools, employers, and government agencies may conduct the exams. They must apply through IMI headquarters for appointment of an IMI-approved proctor.

Exams: $135/members, $270/non-members
Review Guides: $150/members, $175/non-members
Re-testing costs are the same as the exams.
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Reimbursement of Proctor expenses will be at the discretion of the local chapters.