If you’re ready to move up in your manufacturing career, you may be considering earning certification in your field. The type of manufacturing certification you earn depends on the job you do or aspire to do. You may need to complete an apprenticeship in your field or take manufacturing certification classes outside of work to become certified.
Since earning your certification will require time, effort, and money, you might wonder if it is worthwhile.
What Manufacturing Certifications Can Help Your Career?
Certificates vs. Certification
First, let’s review the difference between a manufacturing certificate and a certification. A certificate is earned through an academic program focused on industry-specific training. Certification is a professional credential indicating that a worker has reached a certain level of expertise in their field. Each trade has different certification requirements, notes Manufacturing Certification, which outlines a range of certification options in the manufacturing field.
Both certificates and certifications can be helpful in advancing your career goals. The type of manufacturing certification you earn varies by industry.
Types of Certifications
Certifications are not “one size fits all.” Different jobs require different skill sets. An electrician’s certification might not be the most helpful certification for a machinist, for instance. Types of skills certifications include:
- CNC Machinist
- Quality assurance certification
- Master Certified Electronics Technician
- Machine operator (check with your local IUOE trade association)
- Manufacturing Supervisor
- OSHA Safety Certification
There are many, many other kinds of certificates and certifications in industries from machining to chip making to production to Six Sigma training. Try searching online for manufacturing certification programs in your profession or area of interest to find out more.
Benefits of Earning Professional Manufacturing Certification
“Obtaining a professional certification isn’t a requirement for manufacturers, but it does help professionals stay up to date on industry trends, enhance their education and boost careers,” says Apple Rubber.
Taking steps to obtain certification not only demonstrates initiative, an enthusiasm to learn, and commitment to your career, but it can also lead to an increase in pay and make you eligible for more advanced positions.
Having employees with improved skills is a plus for any organization. To encourage employees to seek out advanced certifications, many companies cover the cost of training.
But remember, some certification programs are more valuable than others. Often, the more involved the certification process, the greater it’s potential to propel your career.
For that reason, “don’t avoid certifications that are more difficult to earn and maintain – or require more experience,” says Columbia Southern University. “Certifications that are widely recognized by an industry are more helpful than ones that aren’t.”
Where Can You Find Out More?
Ready to take the next step toward certification? Reach out to a local educational institution or professional organization. If you’re ready to reach your full potential in a new manufacturing position, contact Pro Resources Staffing Services.