Why Certification? For Companies The bar for staying competitive keeps rising in every industry. The success of your business depends upon your most important assets – your employees. If your employees don’t have the right knowledge and skills then your business isn’t operating as efficiently or as effectively as it could and that could be costing you more than you realize. Why assess, train, and certify your workforce? Improve overall performance. Reduce turnover – companies report as much as a 50% reduction in turnover from hiring certified employees. Provide objective evaluation against your company’s goals. Identify knowledge gaps. Identify and evaluate strengths and weaknesses. Provide employees with opportunity for advancement, continuous improvement, and credibility. Increase employee commitment and loyalty. Validate employees’ knowledge. Invest in the future quality and growth of your operations. For Individuals Whether you are just starting out, or you are a seasoned professional, certification can help you become a high-value asset to your employer and be among the most sought-after individuals in your industry. Certifications not only help you attain knowledge, they prove it. Certifications are a recognized and respected industry credential. Why pursue certification? Validate your knowledge against industry standards and show your skills are current. Demonstrate commitment to your career and continuous improvement. Earn a portable, industry-recognized credential that travels with you throughout your career. Enhance your career opportunities – certification can provide a competitive advantage in the job market. Set yourself apart from your colleagues. For Educators As an educator, you are challenged to provide the knowledge students need to begin successful careers in manufacturing and related fields. By incorporating certifications and assessments into your curriculum, you can determine if students achieve the intended learning outcomes, plus provide them with an industry-respected credential to give them an edge as they begin their careers. Why incorporate certifications and assessments into your curriculum? Provide objective measurement against program objectives for grants and funding approval. Support ABET and other accreditation requirements for measuring learning outcomes. Improve understanding of knowledge transfer from you to your classroom. Identify strengths and weaknesses within your curriculum program. Understand trends over time to identify how curriculum changes directly affect the exam’s outcome. Provide students with a credential as they start their careers. Help students build qualifications for future roles and advancement.