On June 8, 2011, President Obama announced key steps by private sector partners toward building the educated and skilled workforce (U.S.) manufacturers need to successfully compete in the 21st century economy. This includes a five-year goal by the Manufacturing Institute and its partners to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals — positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs.
The Manufacturing Institute's Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which is a system of stackable credentials applicable to all sectors in the manufacturing industry, was developed to directly address the deficits in manufacturing education and training. The Manufacturing Skills Certification System is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
An aging global workforce coupled with a shrinking pipeline increases the need for certification:
ASQ joins 13 other leading organizations representing multiple industry sectors offering skills certification programs. ASQ is the only organization in the partnership that deals specifically in the quality field, providing training and certifications directly related to quality. Since 1968, more than 170,000 individuals worldwide have taken the path to reaching their goal of becoming ASQ certified within their field or profession. Having an ASQ certification allows one to get immediate results in terms of job promotions, higher salaries, and new job opportunities. And as an employer, it's an investment in your company's future.
ASQ issued 9,000 certifications globally in 2011 as part of the Manufacturing Institute partnership designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions.
To learn how you can increase the value you bring to your employer through ASQ certification, visit asq.org/certification.
Employers can trust the Skills Certification System as a valuable tool in hiring practices and incumbent training programs because the certifications:
Every job I have had in the last 15 years, my certification was a factor in my being hired. A very large number of ads for jobs did list ASQ certification a plus or a requirement. -Ken H.
Upon receiving my ASQ certification as a Certified Quality Inspector, there has been a notable change for me in the work environment and also in me as an individual. I have now moved up the ranks from being a Quality Inspector to a Quality Supervisor. With this certification I now command the respect of my fellow colleagues and the recognition of my seniors. -Rishi S.
I lost my job due to a reduction in the [labor] force, and companies like that I have the ASQ certification. After some months I found a job, and they told me that my certification helped me in being selected for the job. Thanks ASQ. -Marian S.
I have been a proud member of ASQ and secured my present job as a Senior Quality Technician only a few months since I passed the exam and obtained my CQE. This professional title in the quality assurance field gives me a great honor, glorious and confidence in my career. -James J.
My company recognizes the importance and contributions of a quality professional and therefore encourages and promotes ASQ certification and membership. There is significant pride in achievement and display of one's certification. It is personally satisfying and rewarding, highly recognized and valued among peers, and an asset for enhancing advancement opportunities within an organization. -John M.
In 2011, the program's first year, the Manufacturing Institute and its partners issued 84,738 credentials.
For more information about the Manufacturing Institute, visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org