Washington, DC, -  The Manufacturing Institute and its partners today announced continued progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs. In 2012, the certification bodies partnered with the Institute issued 88,551 certifications to students and incumbent workers covering a range of in-demand skills required in multiple manufacturing sectors. This brings the two-year total of certifications issued to 173,289.

“The Institute is pleased to see the continued growth and acceptance of industry-based certifications,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “Our partnerships with world-class industry certification bodies and community colleges have expanded access to these industry certifications and enabled more people obtain the skills and credentials required to finds jobs and build careers in the manufacturing industry.”

The Institute continues to work with high schools, community colleges, and employers to create for-credit education programs incorporating these national certifications so individuals get the skills and hand-on training they need for in-demand entry-level and specialized jobs in manufacturing.

The NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System is managed by the Institute and the certification partners that comprise the System are ACT, the American Welding Society, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, the National Institute of Metalworking Skills, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, International Society of Automation, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute, the International Fluid Power Society, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the American Society for Quality, the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International; APICS The Association for Operations Management, the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, and the North American Die Casting Association.

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