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INDUSTRY-BASED CREDENTIALS – WHAT ARE THEY? AND WHY YOUR COMPANY SHOULD CARE ABOUT THEM

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Posted By Administration, Friday, February 8, 2019

DRMA members consistently report that their Number 1 concern is that they cannot find workers with the skills required for today’s advanced workplaces. The skills gap is widening as companies scramble to find qualified employees, and new hires who are not the right fit can mean companies losing out after spending hundreds of hours recruiting, onboarding, and training.


The use of industry credentials is one way to help address the skills gap challenge and ensure your workforce is made up of the most qualified employees. Industry credentials ensure that the credential holder has met the industry benchmark for their specific occupational competency. For new hires, industry credentials can be used as screening tools for knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job well; and for current workers, industry credentials can help bolster their skills and keep them at the top of their trade.


There are many reputable industry-based credentials out there to meet your company’s needs. Some of note include the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) Production Technician Certification (CPT); the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) credentials; and the American Welding Society’s professional certifications.


Whichever certifications you choose based on your employee skills requirements, your company will be better positioned to identify qualified applicants for open positions and to improve the skills of your existing workforce.


DRMA is working with educators across the region to incorporate industry credentials into their curriculum.  Soon, graduates possessing these credentials will be ready for hire.


You can learn more about the Certified Production Technician certification here.  Stay tuned for more information about the value of industry credentials.

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