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Manufacturing Credentials Report Released
August 9, 2018

To help strengthen the quality, value, and effectiveness of manufacturing credentials in the U.S., Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, has released a report funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) examining how credentials are currently used in hiring and retention practices, and how credentialing can be improved to advance the manufacturing industry.

The report, Examining the Quality, Market Value, and Effectiveness of Manufacturing Credentials in the United States, is available for free download on the Workcred and MEP websites, and features recommendations for multiple stakeholders including manufacturers, credentialing organizations, educators, accreditors, and policymakers.

The study revealed that credentials have uneven use in the manufacturing industry and are not routinely required or used as a major factor in hiring or promotion decisions. Many manufacturers do not know what credentials are available or how they are relevant to their workplace. Often, they do not view credentials as the most relevant tools to identify new skilled personnel or as incentives to improve the quality of their existing workforce. Notably, manufacturers believed that credentials could serve as a critical resource if they were better understood and made more in line with skills needed in their facilities.

Workcred conducted the research with a financial assistance award from NIST, which is within the U.S. Department of Commerce.


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