Certified Gate Automation Technician

The Certified Gate Automation Technician (CGAT) program is the premier certification for automated gate installers.  This program is a prerequisite to the Master Certified Gate Automation Technician program that is currently in development. This credential is for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional levels of experience, knowledge, safety awareness, professionalism and skills in the installation and servicing of automated gate systems.

Application

Fee: $250

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Renewal

Fee: $150

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FAQs

Q. I work for a company that installs automated gate systems, but I do not have direct installation experience. Am I eligible for the CGAT program?

A. Candidates for the CGAT program must have one year of experience installing gate operators before they are eligible for the certification. However, candidates may sit for the certification exam before the experience requirement is met and the certification will be held until the experience requirement is met. 

Q. What kind of continuing education credits are valid for my CGAT recertification?

A. Any courses that relate to automated gates or access control topics are eligible.

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Eligibility Requirements

CGAT eligibility requires a minimum of one year of gate automation installation experience.  You may still sit for the exam before you have one year of experience; if you pass the exam, your certification will be held until the experience requirement is met.

Topics Covered

Study materials are sent electronically following application approval. 

Testing

The CGAT exam includes 100 questions and must be completed in two hours.  It is not an open book test.  All test questions are developed directly from the program study materials; no other resources are used. All ACI exams are in-person only. 

For more information on the testing process, please click here.

Once you have passed the exam and received your official notification that you have earned your CGAT designation, you are entitled to advertise yourself as a Certified Gate Automation Technician. Once certified, you may use the designation, its acronym and its logo on your business cards, sales proposals, and other materials normally used in the sales and marketing process.

The designation belongs to you, and it is not owned by your business or employer. Should you leave your current company, your certification will go with you. If you do change jobs or otherwise change your contact information, please contact ACI to update your records.

Recertification

The Certified Gate Automation Technician designation is valid for three years from issuance of the credential.  

Renewal Requirements 

Earn 12 hours of gate automation/access control-focused continuing education in the three year period prior to renewal 

Continuing education will be reported as part of the renewal application and must include the following: 

Criteria for continuing education programming is subject to change per the ACI Accreditation and Certification Board. 

If the renewal requirements are not met, you must reapply for the CGAT program and retake the certification exam to reactivate your CGAT credential.  Once certification is earned again, your certification issue date will change accordingly. 

FAQs

Q. I work for a company that installs automated gate systems, but I do not have direct installation experience. Am I eligible for the CGAT program?

A. Candidates for the CGAT program must have one year of experience installing gate operators before they are eligible for the certification. However, candidates may sit for the certification exam before the experience requirement is met and the certification will be held until the experience requirement is met. 

Q. What kind of continuing education credits are valid for my CGAT recertification?

A. Any courses that relate to automated gates or access control topics are eligible.

General ACI FAQs

About the Accreditation & Certification Institute

Providing credentialing services to the fence, deck, rail, automated vehicular gates, and access control industries.

The Accreditation & Certification Institute advances professionalism, consumer and safety awareness in these industries by offering certification and accreditation programs.

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