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MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY CREDENTIALS: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 13, 2019


This month we’re answering some frequently asked questions about industry-recognized credentials.


Why should I hire someone with industry credentials?

Industry credentials can help solve your skills gap challenges because they ensure that the credential holder has met the industry benchmark for their specific occupational competency. Industry credentials offer your company several benefits, including: more job-ready candidates; shorter training time for employees; improved safety and quality; reduced turnover; and increased productivity.


What types of industry credentials are there?

There are a number of manufacturing related industry credentials out there. The most common ones, and the ones that DRMA and local high schools and community colleges are working on, are produced by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS).


MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) program recognizes individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through the successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of 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. You can learn more about the Certified Production Technician certification here.


NIMS sets industry skills standards earned by students, trainees, apprentices, employees, and military personnel nationwide. By earning NIMS credentials, these individuals secure a competitive edge when applying for jobs because they have demonstrated that their skills meet the industry established standards.


NIMS offers credentials in numerous industry occupation tracks; however, the two that most closely align with the needs of DRMA members are Machining and Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM). Each track is comprised of stackable credentials that are achieved via successful completion of individual theory and/or performance assessments. You can learn more about NIMS credentials here.


Are local schools/training centers offering industry credentials?

Yes! Miami Valley CTC, Upper Valley Career Center, Clark State Community College, Northridge High School, Centerville High School, and others have started incorporating industry-recognized credentials into their curriculum. Contact Kayla to get connected with these schools and their graduates.


Did we miss one of your big questions? Contact Kayla to learn more about how industry credentials can benefit your company or to get connected to local training institutions.

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