ASQ Issues 9,800 Certifications in Program Training Next Generation of Skilled Workers

ASQ Issues 9,800 Certifications in Program Training Next Generation of Skilled Workers

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

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Milwaukee, Wis., March 4, 2015ASQ, the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, issued more than 9,800 certifications in the U.S. in 2014 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 2014, The Manufacturing Institute and its partners issued 129,084 credentials, for a total of 419,528 certifications since the inception of the program in 2011.

“We’re proud to be part of this initiative to provide workers with the knowledge they need to be successful in skilled manufacturing positions,” said ASQ CEO William Troy. “Earning an ASQ certification is an acknowledgement of a professional’s commitment to quality, and a formal recognition of a deep understanding of quality practices that can benefit their organizations.”

ASQ offers 18 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Inspector and, new in 2015, Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

ASQ joins 14 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.

“In this highly competitive global market, our manufacturers’ business success is tied directly to their ability to innovate, and the single most important factor in their innovation capacity is an educated and skilled workforce,” said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. “Our solution, the Skills Certification System, helps address the skills gap directly affecting the workforce pipeline for manufacturers by aligning manufacturing education and training with industry standards.”

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

About ASQ

ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with national service centers in China, India, Mexico and a regional service center in the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at

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 is the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit


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