Cross-Cutting Technical Skills
Machining & Metalworking
National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)
Skills in the metalworking industry are validated through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) machining and metalforming certifications. The certifications are earned through secondary, postsecondary, and work-based curricula that include both “hands-on” performance and theory tests. 52 NIMS credentials allow employers to hone their credentialing requirements and choose only those certifications that are applicable to the needs of the company.
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List of NIMS Credentials
Guide to NIMS Credentialing
Where to Earn NIMS Credentials
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
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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
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
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
Society for Manfuacturing Engineers (SME)
Lean Certification is overseen by four industry organizations: SME, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, and the American Society for Quality (ASQ), with SME as the managing partner — aligning industry to a single standard for Lean Certification. This three level program begins with tactical lean (Bronze), progresses through value stream lean (Silver) to transformational lean (Gold). The program provides both a standard body of knowledge and competency model for practitioners for self-reflection.
About the Lean Certifications
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute (PMMI)
PMMI is a trade association with more than 500 member companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States and Canada. The PMMI Mechatronics Certificate Programs 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.
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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.
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American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
The mission of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics is to advance the knowledge and career progression through life-long learning in the fields of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management. Our certification programs test the core competencies of working professionals in the transportation and logistics field. Our programs have been designed to help advance a person through their career path.
About ASTL 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.
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Technology & Engineering
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
For advanced industry-wide technical skills, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) offers two certifications. The Certified Manufacturing Technologist is focused on the fundamentals of manufacturing and may be acquired through a baccalaureate program or a combination of four years academic and work experience. The Certified Manufacturing Engineer is focused on applied and advanced manufacturing knowledge and may be acquired through a combination of eight years of work experience and manufacturing or engineering education.
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