The Manufacturing Institute is working with manufacturing certification organizations who are the world market leaders in skills certification programs. This collaborative effort resulted in an organization of the certification programs, and the credentials they offer, into a system of “stackable credentials” that can be awarded in post-secondary education.

Foundation Skills

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The Skills Certification System is grounded on the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).  The NCRC, issued by ACT, is a portable, evidence-based credential that measures essential workplace skills and is a reliable predictor of workplace success.  This credential is used across all sectors of the economy and measures basic skills needed for all work ready candidates.

About the National Career Readiness Certificate
Location of Testing Centers 

Cross-Cutting Technical Skills 


Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) 

Certified Production Technician (CPT) certifications verify the student or worker has mastered essential Production modules in Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness.

About the Certified Production Technician
Find an MSSC Assessment Center 

Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI)

The Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certification program was developed to meet the growing employment demands of the manufacturing industry.  The MT1 program addresses the core industry-wide skills standards required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.  The core competency areas certified are: (1) Math and Measurement, (2) Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology, and (3) Business Acumen and Quality, measuring an individual’s skills attainment in 12 critical technical skills.

About the Manufacturing Technician Certification

Machining & Metalworking


National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

Skills in occupations within advanced manufacturing are validated through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials.  The credentials are earned through secondary, post secondary, apprenticeship programs and work-based curricula that include both “hands-on” performance and theory tests.  NIMS credentials allow employers to hone their credentialing requirements and choose those certifications that are applicable to the needs of the company.

About NIMS Credentials 
Where to Earn NIMS Credentials
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American Welding Society (AWS)

The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Certified Welder Certifications are acquired in postsecondary education.  The Certified Welder program uses performance-based testing to validate procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refining industries. 

About AWS Certifications
Where to Earn AWS Certifications 


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International Society of Automation (ISA)

ISA is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities.  ISA adds their Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) and Certified Automation Professional (CAP) certification programs to the SCS.

About ISA Certifications
How to Earn ISA Certifications


National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

NCCER is recognized as one of the premier workforce development organizations for the construction and maintenance industry with nearly 700 accredited training organizations and over 350 accredited assessment centers.  The NCCER system measures the technical competencies in over 55 craft areas from the entry to management level within the construction and maintenance industry.

About NCCER Certifications
Where to Earn NCCER Certifications
NCCER Curriculum 

Die Casting

North American Die Casting Association

The NADCA Die Casting Certification Program develops skills and competencies in a specific manufacturing sector – die casting – and is analogous to other specific certifications such as AWS.   Hence this certification adds another discipline to the current NAM certification. 

About NADCA Certifications
Where to Earn NADCA Certifications


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Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)

FMA's Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification (PSMO) 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.

About the Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification
PSMO Body of Knowledge
Where to Earn PSMO Certification

Fluid Power

International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

The IFPS is the only organization that provides comprehensive technical certification offerings for all professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry.  Sixteen different certifications are currently offered with three certifications in development, the Fluid Power Electronic Controls Mobile/Industrial and the IFPS Mechatronics Certification.  These certifications cover diverse job descriptions within the industry including mechanic, technician, specialist and engineer. 

About IFPS Certifications
Where to Find IFPS Education 
Prepare for IFPS Certification 
Where to Earn IFPS Certifications 



The industry-leading Lean Certification program is the result of a partnership among four leading non-profit organizations that collectively set the standard for operational excellence and an improved workforce. The Lean Certification Alliance — American Society for Quality (ASQ), Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), Shingo Institute, and SME — draws on their collective experience and the proven practices of thousands of individuals to provide continuous improvement practitioners in-depth access to the latest lean and continuous improvement thinking and best practices.

About the Lean Certifications 
Lean Certification Packet (programs, benefits, preparing, and more)


Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute (PMMI)

PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 700 North American manufacturers of equipment, components and materials for processing and packaging. The PMMI Mechatronics Certifications are grouped in the four key areas identified as relevant to Mechatronics: mechanical, electrical, logic controls, and computer science.

About PMMI Certificates 


American Society for Quality (ASQ)

ASQ is the worldwide leader in providing credentials to the global quality community. ASQ certification is a formal recognition by ASQ that an individual has demonstrated a proficiency within, and comprehension of, a specific body of knowledge. More than 170,000 certifications have been issued to dedicated professionals worldwide. Professionals complete a rigorous studying and preparation process to achieve an ASQ certification.

About ASQ Certifications
Where to Find ASQ Exams

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics


Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

MSSC Certified Logistics Technician Certification (CLT) is the first–ever industry-recognized national certification for the core technical skills of front-line workers (entry level through first line of supervision) involved in the handling and distribution of materials throughout the supply chain and logistics industry.  MSSC is also part of the NAM-Endorsed system under Cross-Cutting Technical Skills.

About the Certified Logistics Technician
Find an MSSC Assessment Center 
View an In-Depth Presentation on MSSC Certifications


Association for Operations Management (APICS)

APICS certifications are the standard of professional excellence in supply chain and operations management.  The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation demonstrates knowledge and skills in global operations production and inventory activities.  The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation demonstrates professional mastery and understanding of the end-to-end supply chain.

The American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) merged with APICS on July 1, 2015. APICS is developing a new Certified in Logistics, Transportation & Distribution (CLTD) certification product scheduled for launch in 2016.

About APICS Certifications
Where to Find APICS Education 

Technology & Engineering


For advanced industry-wide technical skills, SME offers two certifications.  The Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) is an entry-level certification focused on the fundamentals of manufacturing and may be acquired through a baccalaureate program or a minimum of four years combined academic and work experience.  The Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE) is focused on applied and advanced manufacturing knowledge and may be acquired through a combination of eight years of manufacturing-related education and work experience.

About SME Certifications
View SME Body of Knowledge 
Certification Packet (programs, benefits, preparing, and more)

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