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Industrial Certification Preparation | Prepare Learners for Industrial Careers

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Industrial Certification BenefitsDespite tremendous job growth, employers in many industries still face an ongoing problem with hiring qualified workers. Due to advances in technology, employers have a great need for workers with advanced technical and technological skills.

Not only do front-line production workers need more advanced skills, but employers also need highly-skilled workers to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair today’s advanced automated systems. Unfortunately, the supply of such workers isn’t keeping up with demand.

The Skills Gap: A Company’s Hiring Nightmare

This problem, commonly called the “Skills Gap,” has resulted in hundreds of thousands of open jobs across a wide variety of industries. And things are projected to only get worse in the years to come. To take advantage of the skills gap and secure a successful career in industry, students and current workers need to ensure that they’re obtaining the in-demand skills employers need.

Industrial Certification Preparation Validates Knowledge & Skills

With the proper training, the sky’s the limit. But how can students and workers demonstrate their skills and market their training? And how can employers be sure they’re hiring qualified workers who won’t need hundreds of hours of additional training?

The answer to these questions is industry-standard certifications. Not associated with any particular educational institution and developed in conjunction with industry partners, certifications define objective standards regarding the knowledge and skills required to succeed in industry.

Industrial certification preparation gives students and current workers validation and documentation of the marketable skills and knowledge they’ve obtained. They also provide an objective assessment for employers that a person has the skills necessary for a particular job. Certifications also provide guidance to educational institutions to ensure that curriculum teaches the knowledge and skills industry needs.

Industrial Certifications Validate Skills GraphicMSSC, NIMS, and SACA: Certification Options Aplenty!

What industry-standard certifications should a student or current worker pursue? That depends upon the career path desired. Fortunately, there is a growing set of stackable certifications from a variety of organizations that connect knowledge and skills with specific jobs across a broad swath of industries.

For example, students and current workers can obtain core technical knowledge and skills needed by front-line production workers by pursuing certifications offered by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). Those who want to pursue certifications for specialized skills important for particular occupations, such as industrial maintenance and machining, can explore more than 60 stackable certifications in specific technical areas offered by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).

Many students and current workers will also be interested in the advanced knowledge and skills required in smart factories on the frontier of Industry 4.0. The Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) will offer Industry 4.0 certifications that focus on “connected systems” skills that address the integration of Industry 4.0 technology into advanced industrial processes.

For more information about industrial certification preparation, and how it can help pave the path to a successful career in industry, check out the following:

Industrial Certifications: A Presentation by Amatrol

Industry-Standard Certifications Can Jump-Start or Fast-Track Your Career in Advanced Manufacturing by Duane Bolin

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MSSC Certifications

MSSC is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification non-profit organization that focuses on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC system is based upon industry-defined standards and offers workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills needed to excel in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

Certified Production Technician (CPT)

MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) program recognizes through certification those individuals who master the core knowledge and skills required for front-line production and material handling. Individuals can earn certifications in five areas: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; Maintenance Awareness; and Green Production.

Those who earn all of the first four certificates receive the full CPT certification. MSSC’s goal for the CPT certification program is “to raise the level of performance of production workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.”

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Certified Production Technician+ Skill Boss Manufacturing (CPT+)

A CPT+ Certification takes skill accreditation one step further. With the full CPT certification in hand, individuals can take a more “hands-on” approach for an additional certification utilizing the CPT+ assessment device, Skill Boss Production.

The Skill Boss Manufacturing offers performance-based assessment for evaluating the skill levels and competencies of future machine operators in today’s modern manufacturing production areas, including assembly and machine operation. MSSC recognized the need for a standardized assessment system for industrial skills, and collaborated with Amatrol to develop Skill Boss Production, which evaluates over 60 essential manufacturing skills.

For more information about how Amatrol can help you prepare for successful CPT certification, check out the following Amatrol resources:

Amatrol’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) Training Program

Training for the Future: How CPT and CPT+ Certifications Can Enrich Professional Development by Wes Scott

 

 

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NIMS Certifications

NIMS is one of the premier certifying bodies in industry today. Its stated mission is “to provide world-class, industry-developed and validated, competency-based skill standards, credentials, and training frameworks that enable collaboration between educators, manufacturers, policy makers, and community-based organizations in a joint effort to increase the skills of the manufacturing workforce.

Partnering with more than 6,000 metalworking companies and five major industry trade associations, NIMS develops industry skill standards and offers more than 60 certifications that never expire in precision metalworking and industrial maintenance disciplines.

Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM)

Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) certifications can be obtained in nine specific technical areas: Basic Hydraulic Systems, Basic Mechanical Systems, Basic Pneumatic Systems, Electrical Control Systems, Electrical Systems Maintenance, Operations Maintenance, Piping Maintenance, Welding, and Process Control Systems.

These stackable certifications cover a broad range of skill sets needed for industrial maintenance positions in today’s advanced manufacturing facilities. Employers seeking qualified industrial maintenance technicians will hire with confidence individuals with all nine ITM certifications.

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Machining

Along with qualified industrial maintenance technicians, another type of industrial worker often in short supply is the skilled machinist. NIMS seeks to help fill this gap by offering a variety of certifications for machining (CNC and manual) skills.

Individuals can obtain certifications in multiple specific technical areas. For example, two of NIMS’ most popular Machining certifications include CNC Mill & Lathe Operations.

For more information about how Amatrol can help you prepare for successful NIMS certifications, check out the following Amatrol resources:

Amatrol’s NIMS Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) certification training

Amatrol’s CNC Machine Operator Training Program Endorsed by NIMS

NIMS Certifications Pave the Path to a Successful Career in Industry by Duane Bolin

 

SACA Certifications

SACA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and deploy modular Industry 4.0 certifications for a wide range of industries. Its vision is “to provide highly-affordable, accessible certifications that significantly increase the number of individuals who possess” the connected systems skills that address the integration of Industry 4.0 technology into advanced industrial processes.

SACA’s industrial certification preparation uses a modular structure to fit a wide range of individual needs, industries, and educational environments. SACA offers certifications in three categories: Associate, Specialist, and Professional. Each certification is stackable, allowing individuals to earn multiple certifications to document their particular skills. Click on the image below to learn more about SACA’s certifications:

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For more information about Industry 4.0 and how Amatrol can help you prepare for successful SACA certifications, check out the following Amatrol resources:

Amatrol’s Industry 4.0 Fundamentals (I4F) Program

“Industry 4.0 Fundamentals” Sets the Deck for Student Success by Wes Scott

Are Your Students Prepared To Work in a Smart Factory? by Duane Bolin

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