CNC Lathe Programming Setup & Operations


  • Applied mathematics
  • Cutting tool assembly
  • Cutting tool selection
  • Geometrical dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Inspection
  • Machine maintenance
  • Machine safety
  • Machining applications
  • Measurements
  • Operations
  • Print reading
  • Process planning
  • Programming
  • Setup
  • Shop safety

See Certification Toolkit for a complete list of competencies.

Industry Standard

Machining Level I


  • Assessment Type: Project (from official blueprint only)
  • MET-TEC Inspection: Required
  • Performance Affidavit: Submitted online via evaluator


  • 78 questions
  • 90-minute time limit
  • Proctor required
  • Paper version available
  • Retake policy


Visit the Credentialing Fees page for the latest pricing information.

Study Material

  • From NIMS: None at this time
  • Endorsed Third-Party Materials: Cengage Learning (textbook and study guide)

Alternative Name(s)

In 2018 NIMS streamlined the names of our credentials in order to reduce confusion. The performance and theory assessments did not change. This credential has also been referred to by this name:

  • CNC Turning Programming Setup & Operations