SME’s Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) is an industry certification focused on basic manufacturing concepts, demonstrating an individual's potential for high-demand, entry-level manufacturing roles. It was designed for individuals new to manufacturing who may not currently possess enough knowledge or experience for more advanced technical certifications. This might include high school students, dislocated workers, and individuals coming from other non-manufacturing sectors who wish to pursue a role as an assembler, manufacturing associate, production laborer and other entry-level manufacturing occupations.
Covering fundamental topics such as shop math, assembly, maintenance, machining, inspection, and more, this industry-driven certification demonstrates that the individual has basic knowledge of manufacturing and may be an ideal candidate for entry-level manufacturing employment.
The Certified Manufacturing Associate offers an initial step into a technology-rich industry filled with opportunities for continued growth and advancement into higher level positions. After earning the CMfgA, SME encourages individuals to explore a variety of available career pathways in manufacturing and continue with training or education to earn more advanced technical certifications. There are other leading certification providers offering advanced technical certifications (MSSC, NIMS, AWS, etc). The CMfgA can be a first step and feeder into these more advanced technical certifications offering careers with higher pay and skills.
Candidates may pursue the CMfgA credential on their own, work with their local training provider, or access Tooling U-SME resources to help prepare for the exam. Tooling U-SME offers an optional training program of 25 online classes covering Additive Manufacturing, Applied Mathematics, CNC, Inspection, Lean, Quality, Robotics, and Safety – topics driven by manufacturing experts as being relevant exposure for entry-level positions and wide-ranging industries. The training program can be completed in less than a few weeks in preparation for the certification exam, and can be bundled with the certification exam for a comprehensive entry-level onboarding and training program for new hires.