International Society of Automation News Release
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The Manufacturing Institute and Partners Increase Credentialed Workforce

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

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (14 May 2012) - Last week, The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) and its partners, including the International Society of Automation (ISA), announced significant progress towards achieving a five-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals, positioning them for employment and advancement in manufacturing jobs.

ISA's Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) certification programs are critical offerings across multiple manufacturing sectors. ISA's CAP program evaluates the skills of automation professionals responsible for the direction, design and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems. The CCST program, which features three levels of certification, evaluates skills of technicians responsible for calibration, documentation, troubleshooting and repairing/replacing instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow and other process variables.

With as many as 600,000 US manufacturing jobs going unfilled today, certifications like CAP and CCST can serve as an important step in getting unemployed Americans back to work and maintaining the competitiveness of our manufacturing economy.

On 8 June 2011, President Obama announced key steps towards building the educated and skilled workforce US manufacturers need to successfully compete, citing The Manufacturing Institute's Manufacturing Skills Certification System, endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the certifications it includes, as a national solution.

"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. "Through the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, the Institute works with educational institutions and employers to create for-credit education programs incorporating world-class certification programs like CAP and CCST so individuals get the skills and hands-on training they need for in-demand entry-level and specialized jobs in manufacturing."

"Manufacturers have long supported the Manufacturing Skills Certification System because it offers results which lead to more productivity and innovation," said Jay Timmons, president, NAM. "This systematic approach is a terrific example of what we can accomplish when job creators and educators come together. These certified training programs build the skills valued by potential employers, and those who complete the certification have access to higher paying jobs."

"Over the next decade, physical assets, supply chain optimization and process best practices won't be enough to differentiate US manufacturers from their competition," added ISA Executive Director and CEO Patrick Gouhin. "Manufacturers across all industry segments will advance only by investing in human capital. Industry-developed and recognized certification programs like CAP and CCST will ensure that manufacturers have access to the highly skilled talent they need to build a brighter future."

Managed by the Institute, the Manufacturing Skills Certification System includes certification partners: ACT, American Welding Society, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, National Institute of Metalworking Skills, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, International Society of Automation, Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute, International Fluid Power Society, National Center for Construction Education and Research, American Society for Quality, Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International, APICS The Association for Operations Management, American Society of Transportation and Logistics and North American Die Casting Association.

ISA's partnership with The Manufacturing Institute in this effort is leveraged from the Automation Federation's ongoing collaboration with the Institute as both organizations seek to advance workforce development for automation and manufacturing professionals. ISA is the founding member of the Automation Federation.

For more information about the Manufacturing Skills Certification System, visit www.isa.org/MSCS. For additional details regarding ISA certification programs, visit www.isa.org/certify, or call +1 919-549-8411.

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).

About the Automation Federation

The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization under which member associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is working to become the "Voice of Automation." For more information about the Automation Federation, visitwww.automationfederation.org.

About The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)3 affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan 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 www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.