Precision Sheet Metal Operator (PSMO) Certification

The Mark of a Skilled Fabrication Professional!

FMA’s PSMO Certification is the metal fabricating industry’s only comprehensive exam designed to assess a candidate’s knowledge of fundamental precision sheet metal operations. Fabrication processes covered in the exam include shearing, sawing, press brake, turret punch press, laser cutting, and mechanical finishing.


The PSMO designation means you possess the experience, education, and expert knowledge required to successfully operate within the industry. You have professionally recognized proficiency, a mark of distinction that sets you apart. You are part of a professional international association that validates and stands behind your achievement.

Take control of your professional destiny, set yourself apart, and improve your marketability and employment opportunities.


Need a tool to make better decisions in hiring new employees, training current workers, and promoting and retaining experienced team members? PSMO Certification is the perfect solution. Companies that support certification gain skilled workers who can more effectively run today’s sophisticated manufacturing equipment.

Validate your employees’ accomplishments, and provide the recognition they deserve for their skills and expertise.


“Certification sets us apart from everyone else. Other employees look at us differently, as far as what we should know.”
Duane Edmonds, Certified PSMO, Metcam Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.


Prepare for the Exam

FMA offers all the tools and resources you need to polish your skills and refresh your knowledge for the exam.

Register for the Exam

Submit completed application, including your preferred exam date and location, to FMA. Applications must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the desired testing date.

Download the Exam Application

Take the Exam

The PSMO exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Test takers have two hours to complete the exam, which is available in both web-based and paper/pencil formats.

E-mail or call 888-394-4362 for details.

Exam Fees

  FMA member Non-Member Student*
PSMO – Level I Exam $245 $345 $95
Exam Retake $95 $95 $95
Recertification $0 $25 $25

*currently taking 12 or more credit hours a semester

Web-based Exams

Pick the date and location best for you. The PSMO exam is available at hundreds of convenient testing locations throughout North America. Special pricing and delivery options are available for groups.

Current Testing Site Locations