SME’s Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) is the only certification program in the manufacturing industry that is focused on basic manufacturing concepts and demonstrates an individual's potential for high-demand, entry-level manufacturing roles. It was designed for dislocated workers and individuals coming from other employment sectors to prepare them for new careers as assemblers, manufacturing associates, and production workers.
Covering fundamental topics such as assembly, maintenance, machining, and more, the nationally recognized certification demonstrates that the individual has basic manufacturing knowledge and may be an ideal candidate for entry-level manufacturing employment.
After earning the Certified Manufacturing Associate credential and gaining employment, individuals can explore available career pathways in manufacturing. With the Certified Manufacturing Associate credential as a strong foundation, an employee can continue with on-the-job training and further education to earn additional certifications and advance in their career.
Candidates may pursue the credential on their own, work with their local training provider, or access Tooling U-SME resources to 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 for entry-level positions and wide-ranging industries. With each class lasting approximately one hour, the training program can be completed in less than a few weeks, offering short-term, but comprehensive, preparation for the certification exam.
The training program can be bundled with the certification exam for a comprehensive entry-level onboarding and training program for new hires.