ISA and Automation Federation press release about NAM and the SCS

From the press release:

ISA Joins NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, with CCST® and CAP® Certifications

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (10 June 2011) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that it is partnering with The Manufacturing Institute to bring automation and control systems certifications to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System (SCS). The partnership adds ISA’s Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) and Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification programs to the SCS offerings.

The partnership is a continuation of work begun three years ago between the Automation Federation (AF) and The Manufacturing Institute. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation. The Manufacturing Institute participated with AF and the US Department of Labor in the development of the Automation Competency Model. AF promoted the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System as part of its work with the Piedmont Triad Partnership in North Carolina, USA. NAM is the largest US industrial trade association, and represents small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector in all 50 states.

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,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute.  “After careful consideration by the SCS Approval Committee, we were pleased to extend an invitation to ISA to join the system, with the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician and Certified Automation Professional certifications,” she continued.

Leo Staples, president of ISA, said, “I am pleased that The Manufacturing Institute has invited ISA to be a partner in building the automation workforce and expanding the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which plays a vital role in the future of manufacturing around the world.”

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  • <p> The <a href="http://automationfederation.org/" title="Automation Federation">Automation Federation</a> should be congratulated for the hard work and dedication that they have put into this effort over the last three years.  The <a href="http://www.automationfederation.org/filestore/af/AF%20ACM%20Statement.pdf" title="Automation Competency Model (ACM)">Automation Competency Model (ACM)</a> is an outstanding piece of work that will continue to place our profession and the <a href="http://www.isa.org/cap" title="Certified Automation Professional (CAP)">Certified Automation Professional (CAP)</a> certification in the forefront.  </p>

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  • <p>Well, maybe. The ACM was, of course, a development of ISA's Professional Development Department before the AF took it over. This brings to mind the obvious question. </p> <p>Sure, the Automation Federation is doing great things for the American automation profession, but since ISA is footing the bill, what is the AF doing to benefit the individual ISA members, especially those not in the USA? </p> <p>From this vantage point, not so much.</p>

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  • <p>  The Automation Federation may be wasting its time on training technical people for technical jobs.  The United States President Obama says that ATMs are taking jobs away.  Is he nuts?  I think the Automation Federation is doing a great job and the leaders of Automation Federation have done have accomplished a great deal for the automation profession in the USA.  However,  I thought that was ISA's job.  We spent years trying to become an international organization.  Remember ISA and its name change a few years ago?  The "I" stands for international.  The Automation Federation is spending its time working on the United Stated States of America's issues.  That is not international.  Yes, it is important and the United States' issues are important but it has very little to do with India, Germany, England, France, Brazil, Ireland, etc.</p> <p> I am very worried that the Automation Federation is a distraction to ISA and its members.  It seems like the Automation Federation is trying to usurp authority and money from ISA.  I am not trying to say that there is anything sinister or wrong with the Automation Federation, but it just appeared a few years ago with very little explanation.  It seemed okay at first.  Then it took on a life of its own hanging around with congressional, pencil neck, pin heads. I fear that there may be many unintentional consequences because this Political Action like Committee.  </p> <p> Now it seems the President of the United States is against automation. He may be a Luddite.  I fear we may have stepped  into something and it doesn't smell very good. To that end I don't think that the Automation Federation is advancing the individual ISA member even those in the USA.</p> <p>  </p> <p> How's that "Hopey Changey" membership for ISA coming?</p> <p>   <br /><a href="http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRluddites.htm">http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRluddites.htm</a></p> <p>  </p> <p> Respectfully, <br /></p> <p> </p> <p><b>Joseph A. Kaulfersch</b></p>

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