Assessments and Credentials

The Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative promotes industry-recognized credentials to validate the skills of current workers and job candidates.  By preferring certifications, employers receive benefits including: better prepared job candidates, shorter training time, improved quality and safety, reduced turnover, better promotion decisions, and increased productivity.  To learn about the resources available under the Pathways to Competitiveness Project grant, visit the Train Employees page.

Below is some information on the National Association of Manufacturers‘ endorsed credentials for more information, please visit the individual links at the bottom of this page or The Manufacturing Institute’s Skills Certification System.

Foundational Skills

National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)

The National Career Readiness Certification is a credential issued through ACT.  This credential measures individuals’ foundational skills in three core areas of applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

MSSC’s Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification focuses on core skills and technical knowledge needed by front-line production workers and focuses on four key areas of: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness.

Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI)

MSI offers a Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1) certification that consists of core industry-wide skills for production occupations in the core areas of: Math and Measurement, Spatial Reasoning and Manufacturing Technology, and Business Acumen and Quality.

Occupational Skills

American Society for Quality (ASQ)

ASQ offers certifications for quality professionals worldwide.  An ASQ certification, like most authentic professional certifications, requires that individuals demonstrate these competencies by passing an exam and having a track record of expertise in one of the specified quality disciplines, such as Six Sigma.

Packaging Machinery Mfg Institute (PMMI)

PMMI offers a Mechatronics Certificate Programs is grouped in the four key areas identified as relevant to Mechatronics: mechanical, electrical, logic controls, and computer science.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) certifications in the areas of: Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT), Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), and LEAN Certifications.

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

NIMS validates skills in the metalworking industry with credentials that are awarded on satisfactory completion of both performance tests and related theory exams.  There are 52 modular NIMS credentials which are based on the NIMS national metalworking standards.

International Society of Automation (ISA)

ISA offers certification in the areas of Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) and Certified Automation Professional (CAP).

International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)

IFPS provides certification offerings for professionals in the fluid power and motion control industry with sixteen different certifications that cover diverse job descriptions within the industry including mechanic, technician, specialist and engineer.

American Welding Society (AWS)

AWS validates welding skills and offers a number of certifications including Certified Welders (CW) and Certified Welding Inspectors.

North American Die Casting Association (NADCA)

NADCA’s education resources are centered on presenting industry knowledge, improving die cast part quality and production techniques including in its Die Casting Certification Program.

Fabricators & Manufacturers Assoc. (FMA)

FMA offers a Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification (PSMO) that assesses a candidate’s knowledge of fundamental precision sheet metal operations.  Fabrication processes covered in the exam include shearing, sawing, press brake, turret punch press, laser cutting, and mechanical finishing.