The Precision Machined Products Association will be awarding Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to individuals who take part in the association’s various learning opportunities. The awarding of CEUs is scheduled to begin in September of 2013 when the association’s fall schedule of events kicks off.
The idea of developing a CEU program began in early 2013 at the association’s annual Strategic Planning Committee meeting. The planning group and the PMPA board of directors recognize ongoing skills development as a critical need for association members and the precision machining industry as a whole.
“We’re very excited to announce this new enhancement to the great line-up of programs PMPA already provides to the industry,” says current PMPA president, Ron Bracalente of the Bracalente Manufacturing Group, Trumbauersville, Penn. “Now when we send employees to chapter meetings, national conferences or webinars, they will be earning valuable CEUs to help them further develop their skill sets.”
Earning CEU credits is a win-win for both the employer and employee. Employers will receive documented proof of ongoing workforce training and the employee will be able to demonstrate to his or her employer, and future employers, a commitment to skill development.
“The greatest need for our companies today is qualified talent to help our shops compete at the highest possible level,” says Mr. Bracalente. “This CEU program that the association has created will go a long way in helping to further develop the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.”
“PMPA produces valuable content to upgrade the skills and knowledge of our members’ personnel,” says Mike Duffin, PMPA executive director. “As an association with 80 years of providing valuable content and training through local, regional and annual meetings, this CEU process will help employers and employees track the value of this training. Human resources professionals in our companies face plenty of challenges; the PMPA CEU process will provide them with an easy-to-use system for tracking training and professional development of their staff. And their professional staff can use the PMPA CEUs as evidence of continuing education to maintain their certifications in organizations that require evidence of ongoing training and continuing education.”
Providing the means to recognize and track the training provided to member employees via CEU credits is one more benefit that PMPA provides to assist members with advancing the knowledge and skills of their people and helping to develop a skilled workforce for our industry.