RICHMOND, VA – Since 2011, over 418,000 industry-based certifications have been issued by credentialing partners of the national Skills Certification System endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The MSI Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) certification is integral to this stackable certifications system because of its network of authorized MSI Assessment Centers and MT1 Certified Trainers that align manufacturing education and training with the MT1 12 critical skills.

“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.”

The MT1 certifies industry-wide core technical competencies in all production and production-support occupations: math and measurement, manufacturing technology and spatial reasoning, and quality and business acumen. The standards-based assessment is third-party validated, industry-endorsed and administered by authorized MSI Assessment Centers. Training is aligned with industry standards and delivered by MT1 Certified Trainers. The MSI authorizes testing centers and certifies trainers.

“The MSI works with libraries, high schools, technical centers, community colleges and universities to deliver education and training programs aligned with MT1 standards to establish an effective talent pipeline for manufacturers,” said Katherine DeRosear, executive director of the MSI. “The strength of the MT1 certificate program is the MSI partner network and its ability to increase manufacturing capacity at the community level.”

The MSI is dedicated to closing the skills gaps in the U.S. workforce through its partner network by 2020.

About MSI: The Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) provides relevant education and skills training for careers in advanced manufacturing by offering world-class training programs delivered by MSI and MSI education partner institutions. Through the partnership between industry and education, employers set the skill standards for MSI program offerings anywhere offered to ensure learning is linked to employment and career advancement opportunities. Employer-specific customized training can be provided onsite or at any MSI education partner location. Working learners advance their manufacturing technology knowledge and skills via OJT classes, classroom-based and online training offered by MSI and education partner faculty grounded in real world experience.

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