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Tooling U-SME, a provider of manufacturing training solutions, recently introduced additive manufacturing certification, and now announces America Makes as the official co-sponsor of this program. The Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals Certification and Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification validate an individual’s knowledge of industry-standard concepts in additive manufacturing. Each were developed for those seeking to advance their careers, as well as community colleges and companies that want to grow a well-trained additive workforce.

“We’re proud to have America Makes join us as the co-sponsor of these additive manufacturing certification programs. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to the additive manufacturing and 3D printing community,” said Jeannine Kunz, vice president of Tooling U-SME. “By partnering with America Makes, we’re able to extend our outreach to the workforce and tackle the impending skills gap that the advanced manufacturing industry is facing.”

The Additive Manufacturing Fundamental Certification is an exam-only program driven by industry requirements for fundamental additive manufacturing knowledge required for those new to the technology. The Additive Manufacturing Technician Certification is an exam-based program, accompanied by a skills guide, to support both knowledge application and skills building for entry-level additive technicians, and is the pre-cursor to an Additive Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship program.

“Strong certification programs such as this are a key to the advancement, acceleration and adoption of additive manufacturing, both across education and industry, as well as a critical factor for developing a skilled workforce,” said Leanne Gluck, deputy director for workforce and education at America Makes. “America Makes is pleased to partner with Tooling U-SME to provide this resource to our membership and beyond.”

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