M&S Certification Program | National Center For Simulation


For America’s High School & Technical School Students

The National Center for Simulation Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Certificate Program is the key to YOUR exciting future.

  • It is an industry-accredited certification aligned with the M&S framework and standards, and is available to all high school students, home-schooled students, and technical school students throughout the nation.
  • When you pass the exam and earn your certification, you are preparing yourself for M&S internships and a rewarding, high-paying career in a high tech industry.

In coordination with the Florida Departments of Education (FDOE) and Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), CareerSource Florida, Inc. (CSFL), CareerSource Central Florida (CSCFL), and Orange County and Seminole County Public Schools, NCS began and now offers an industry- accredited certification in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) primarily for high school and technical school students. Non-students can also take the examination if they feel they have the skill- set necessary to pass the examination. (A sample (practice) examination is included on this website.) This certification program is aligned with theM&S curriculum, a four-year program preparing students for post-secondary education or entry level positions in industry or government. Students who complete this curriculum and those who have appropriate experience and/or other coursework and training may elect to take the NCS M&S Certification Exam. It is not necessary to formally take the curriculum to take the certification examination. For example, high school and technical school students taking courses in gaming, visualization, animation and simulation, along with studying the M&S Study Guide and referring to the M&S Course Curriculum content available below, should be adequately prepared to pass the examination. Additionally, many teachers are using the four-year M&S Course Curriculum as a content reference when following state standards in various related courses. In Florida, students take the NCS M&S Certification Exam at participating schools at no cost to them because in most cases, Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act funding is given to the school districts for M&S testing.

  • The exam is now available nationally with the State of Virginia being the first outside of Florida to offer it.
  • Certification also facilitates your entry into post-secondary education.

Prepare today to take your Certification Exam and launch your career in simulation!

Curriculum and Framework

The Modeling and Simulation program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Information Technology career cluster and the expansive employment opportunities in the field of Modeling and Simulation. This course provides technical skill proficiency and includes competency-based applied learning through the use of hands-on labs and the development of a multi-year portfolio. Students will build academic knowledge, enhance higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, develop leadership and collaboration abilities and refine general employability and occupation-specific skills. The content includes but is not limited to practical experiences in modeling and simulation conceptualization, design, storyboarding, development methodologies, essential programming techniques, prototype development, production processes and implementation challenges. Science, Computer Programming, Math, 2D and 3D Art are embedded throughout the program to emphasize the relationship between these areas and the field of Modeling and Simulation. To further enrich this course sequence it is recommended students take a sequence of electives in either visual arts, computer arts, or digital arts including but not limited to Computer Programming, Web Design, 2D and 3D Art, Gaming and Animation, Robotics and/or Geospatial/Geographic Information Systems Technology.

M&S Study Guide

A Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Certification for High School and Technical School students is important, especially in the era of expanding applications of simulation, animation and gaming. With many new jobs being created in M&S, the workforce pipeline must be filled with skilled people. M&S growth is world-wide with positions available at all levels, requiring various skills in many application areas. Those high school students with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education are positioned very well for internships and entry level jobs in the M&S industry. The simulation industry needs engineers, graphic artists, education specialists, psychologists, contract administrators, technicians, programmers and many other disciplines to support a wide range of applications which is growing on a day-by-day basis. The underlying rationale for certification is to provide a qualified workforce able to support growing demands.

Your Future is Here and Now

Prepare today to take the Certification Exam and Launch your career in Simulation!


All high school, technical school students, and professionals throughout the United States are eligible to take the certification examination. There are no minimum GPA requirements.

Testing is managed by Certification Internet Web (CIW) on behalf of the National Center for Simulation, and all tests are proctored. Interested students go to the www.CIWcertified.com.

To register: https://ctconline.certification-partners.com/ctconline-ciw/pages/login.action

High school and technical school teachers can take the examination at no charge.

M&S Certification is a Win-Win-Win for Everyone

STEM Students Win

Interest and competency in STEM prepares students for high paying, exciting M&S careers in defense, medical, entertainment, business, education, training, and other diverse fields. Student interns who are M&S certified are high-performers, better prepared and more qualified as candidates for full-time employment in the M&S industry. They also require less entry-level training, improving overall productivity with the potential benefit of remaining with the organization for a longer period of time.

Schools Win

Participating schools obtain state funding and high tech status that improves the school’s comprehensive capabilities, its overall performance grade, and gives well-deserved teacher recognition and monetary awards.

American Industry Wins

M&S is considered a national critical technology. Graduates having M&S skill sets are crucial to the workforce of the future, leading the nation into a more competitive position in the world marketplace. The certification creates a pool of skilled and motivated students in Florida who are ready for recruitment for both paid and unpaid internships.


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