-  The Manufacturing Institute announced today that it is partnering with International Society of Automation (ISA) to bring automation and control systems certifications to the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. The partnership adds ISA’s Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) and Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification programs to the SCS offerings.

The partnership is a continuation of work begun three years ago between the Automation Federation (AF) and NAM. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation.  The Manufacturing Institute participated with AF and the US Department of Labor in the development of the Automation Competency Model.  AF promoted the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System as part of its work with the Piedmont Triad Partnership in North Carolina, USA.

Among the goals of the partnership with ISA are:

  • To align these portable, industry-recognized credentials with educational curricula and pathways in grades K-12, and in community colleges’ and four-year colleges’ programs of study, that lead to high-wage, high-growth technical careers;

  • To provide information on these educational pathways that leads to advanced manufacturing or automation career pathways, to help connect students and workers to lifelong learning and advancement opportunities;

  • To ensure that advanced manufacturing employers and automation professionals recognize the value of these credentials in their recruitment, screening and hiring processes by recognizing, preferring or requiring portable, industry-recognized credentials

ISA Press Release

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