CERTI – The Foundation Centers of Reference in Innovative Technologies – was created on October 31, 1984, in Florianópolis, the capital of Santa Catarina state. It began from the activities of Labmetro – the Metrology Laboratory of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Federal University at Santa Catarina (UFSC).

In addition to UFSC, other member entities that participated in the formation of CERTI include public and private companies and federal and state government agencies. CERTI is administered by a superintendency and by councils. View the Foundation’s organizational chart.

As an institution for Science, Technology and Innovation, CERTI was born with a focus on applied technological research, in a context in which Brazil needed to make broad leaps in quality and develop its own innovative know-how, especially in computing and state of the art technologies, particularly industrial automation.

Since 1990, the Foundation operates at its own facilities on the UFSC campus, Florianópolis. To better serve the needs of the national market, CERTI also established Technology Institutes in Manaus and Brasília.

In the first two decades of its existence, the Foundation expanded its action to other lines of technological activity, becoming a national and international reference for its vanguard projects, services and undertakings.

Today, the CERTI Foundation is composed of eight Reference Centers, which operate with a focus on recognized competency that generates innovative technological solutions for Brazilian society and markets.