The International Society of Automation (ISA) is partnering with the Manufacturing Institute to bring automation and control systems certifications to an existing national program.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) endorses the national program, Manufacturing Skills Certification System (SCS). The partnership adds ISA’s Certified Control Systems Technician and Certified Automation Professional certification programs to the SCS offerings.

The SCS was established by the Manufacturing Institute to develop the nation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-capable workforce for advanced manufacturing. Among the goals of the partnership with ISA are:
  • To align these portable, industry-recognized credentials with educational curricula and pathways in grades K-12, and in community colleges’ and four-year colleges’ programs of study, that lead to high-wage, high-growth technical careers.

  • To provide information on these educational pathways that leads to advanced manufacturing or automation career pathways, to help connect students and workers to lifelong learning and advancement opportunities.

  • To ensure that advanced manufacturing employers and automation professionals recognize the value of these credentials in their recruitment, screening and hiring processes by recognizing, preferring or requiring portable, industry-recognized credentials
“As manufacturing leads the way to economic recovery, now is the time to expand the SCS and the educational pathways to careers in all sectors of our manufacturing economy. And, we know, automation is key to driving productivity and quality across all sectors of manufacturing,” says Emily Stover DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute.