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Manufacturing Skills Certification System

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Manufacturing Career Pathway Starts Here

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, a skilled, high-performance workforce is key to manufacturers' ability to compete in the global economy. Every American can and should have the chance to get ahead and succeed in high-quality, middle class jobs in the 21st century economy.

Success in the 21st century demands skills, attitudes and abilities that make some form of postsecondary education a requirement. In today's global economy, a postsecondary credential has become as valuable as a high school diploma used to be. In response to this demand, SME has partnered with the National Association of Manufacturers to support the Manufacturing Skills Certification System. By aligning SME's professional certifications to the system, a solution is created to improve the skills of all manufacturing practitioners.

NAM System

The NAM system is grounded on the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. The certificate will assure manufacturers that individuals who enter the workforce have the core academic and workplace competencies for employment. Entry-level manufacturing careers across all sectors require competencies in health and safety, quality assurance and continual improvement, manufacturing process, development and design, and production and supply chain logistics.

The NAM system includes: for entry-level production workers, the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council's Certified Production Technician (CPT); for metalworking, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills machining and metalforming credentials; and for welding, the American Welding Society's Certified Welder credentials. By incorporating SME's professional certifications, the requirements found in tiers 4 and 5 of the DOL's Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model are being met. 

Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model

The industry model frameworks are based on the competency model building blocks, which are modified to meet the industry needs.

Manufacturing Skills Model

The Employment Training Administration convened a group of leading industry organizations to develop a comprehensive competency model framework for advanced manufacturing.
The framework is designed to evolve along with changing skill requirements and maps to the U.S. Department of Labor's Advanced Manufacturing Competency Model.

About Our Partners
NAM The National Association of Manufacturers is the preeminent U.S. manufacturers association as well as the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million workers, contributes more than $1.6 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, is the largest driver of economic growth in the nation and accounts for the lion’s share of private sector research and development.
ACT - National Career Readiness Certificate ACT – National Career Readiness Certificate supports the importance of a work force with the foundational skills to succeed and a common language for educators and employers to measure those skills. NCRC verifies to employers anywhere in the United States an individual has essential core employability skills in reading, math and locating information. The National Career Readiness Certificate program is based on the WorkKeys® job skills assessment system.
MSSC Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers.
NIMS The National Institute for Metalworking Skills was formed in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. NIMS sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements.
American Welding Society The American Welding Society was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. From factory floor to high-rise construction, from military weaponry to home products, AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.