ASQ Issues 6,500 Certifications in Program for Training Next Generation of Skilled Workers

ASQ Issues 6,500 Certifications in Program for Training Next Generation of Skilled Workers

For Immediate Release

Industry-based certifications aim to close skills gap, increase access to employment, and develop future workforce

Milwaukee, Wis., June 14, 2012ASQ, the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, issued more than 6,500 certifications in the U.S. in 2011 as part of a Manufacturing Institute partnership designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions.

The Manufacturing Institute’s Manufacturing Skills Certification System was developed to directly address the deficits in manufacturing education and training, which is limiting the pool of qualified candidates for highly skilled manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Skills Certification System is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners set a goal of issuing 500,000 industry-based certifications to individuals by 2016. In 2011, the program’s first year, The Manufacturing Institute and its partners issued 84,738 credentials.

“By issuing these certifications, ASQ is helping workers gain the knowledge that will help them find work and fill jobs,” said ASQ CEO Paul Borawski. “We’re proud to be part of this important partnership that’s helping companies hire the skilled workforce they need to compete in a global marketplace.”

ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Quality Inspector. In addition to the 6,500 certifications issued in the U.S., ASQ issued nearly 2,500 certifications overseas.

ASQ joins 15 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.

 “The Institute remains committed to building the educated and skilled workforce our nation’s manufacturers need to stay competitive,” said Jennifer McNelly, president, The Manufacturing Institute. “We are partnering with world-class industry certification bodies and community colleges because they can and are delivering the in-demand skills for today’s innovation- and productivity-driven workplaces.”

For more information about the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, visit For more information about ASQ and its offerings, visit

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About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501 (c) 3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a nonpartisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. The Institute focuses on developing human capital strategies through education reform and workforce development, conducting applied research to provide critical information to public policy makers on challenges and opportunities for today's industry, and advancing the innovation capacity of manufacturers operating in a global market. Visit


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