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Presently, skills certifications included in the Skill Certification System include those from the American Welding Society (AWS), the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC), the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS); the National Career Readiness Certificate, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Additional information can be found at More certifications are currently being considered for adoption.

The Maricopa Community College District and our 10 community colleges have long supported the workforce needs of the region’s manufacturing industry. Currently, many of our colleges and skill centers offer classes that provide our students with both the content knowledge and hands-on learning they will need should they decide to pursue most of the certifications mentioned and those under consideration. Additional information can be found at  

Richard Hansen is an associate director in Maricopa Community Colleges’ Center for Workforce Development. He is also the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Advance Technology Education (ATE) grant. Mr. Hansen spent over 18 years in manufacturing with a global supplier of computer equipment and software before joining MCCD in 1997.

Test your skills

The American College Testing Program, or ACT, offers a National Career Readiness Certificate, a portable, evidence-based credential that measures basic and necessary workplace skills for different types of jobs. 

This credential measures the following skills: 

• Problem solving 
• Critical thinking 
• Reading and using written, work-related text 
• Applying information from workplace documents to solve problems 
• Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems 
• Setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations 
• Locating, synthesizing and applying information that is presented graphically 
• Comparing, summarizing and analyzing information presented in multiple related graphics.

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