Manufacturing Skills Certification System

Washington, DC

This effort allows 12 states to align their educational and career pathways with a nationally-recognized skills certification system.


The project is supporting 12 states to join five current states (North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Indiana) that are leading efforts to align their educational and career pathways with the National Association of Manufacturers-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. The states in the project were scheduled to begin implementation over a four-year period; however, during year one there was such demand from manufacturers for action that the Institute initiated efforts in all the states. The states are: Florida, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Iowa, New York, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Nevada, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kansas. The project is scaling up the model to align stackable industry-recognized skills certifications in advanced manufacturing with educational degree pathways that span from high school to community colleges to four-year institution programs of study.


Expected Outcomes: 
  • Increase in the number of students who earn a postsecondary credential with value in the workplace.
  • Creation/validation industry-aligned postsecondary pathways with advanced manufacturing career pathways, using real-time data on each state’s economy map.
  • Mapping the Advanced Manufacturing educational pathways in the states.
  • Integration of industry credentials into early adopter postsecondary institutions’ programs of study.
  • Modularization of the college curriculum to shorten time to credentials and provide more on/off-ramps in postsecondary education.
  • Strengthening of employer engagement with education.
  • Creation of a community of learners among states to share best-in-class tools to facilitate implementation.
Brent Weil
Senior Vice President


1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004
United States