Tooling U-SME, a leading provider of manufacturing training solutions, and UL, a global safety science company, have finalized an agreement to align training and certification to create a single source for professional additive manufacturing certification.
The organizations have agreed to collaborate on enhanced workforce training and development efforts supporting manufacturers wanting to increase their capabilities in additive manufacturing.
"This new partnership is the type of alliance the industry has been requesting for years, and we are pleased to collaborate with UL to address the market needs and bring this initiative to fruition," said Jeannine Kunz, vice president, Tooling U-SME.
"Aligning UL's multitiered Additive Manufacturing Training Program to Tooling U-SME's Additive Manufacturing Certification program underscores our commitment to enhancing professional development of the advanced manufacturing workforce."
UL and Tooling U-SME are now official partners in the Additive Manufacturing Professional Certification program, which is co-sponsored by America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Under the new agreement, Tooling U-SME and UL will begin assessing necessary steps to develop the next phase of the initiative, the Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification program, which will be available later this year.
"With any new technology, proper education and training is vital to the continuation of innovation and growth," said Melissa Albrecht, global program manager of additive manufacturing, UL Ventures. "Through this collaboration, we are able to accelerate our efforts in advancing advanced manufacturing expertise among the incoming and incumbent workforce, creating countless opportunities for innovation in this industry."
To learn more about UL's additive manufacturing initiatives, click here. For more about Tooling U-SME's certification program and exam, visit Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification.
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