Want a competitive-edge as you pursue your career? Complete a certificate or licensing program!
A certificate or license ensures employers you have specific skills and are knowledgeable about safety procedures and equipment. Many programs combine classroom learning with on-the-job training where you will actually earn money while completing your certificate.
Numerous organizations and community colleges offer accredited certification programs. Below is a sampling of some certificate, licensing and apprenticeship programs that will jumpstart your career in the fuel and petrochemical industries.
ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of skills in mathematics and information gathering. ACT also partners with the Center for Energy Workforce Development and the Manufacturing Institute to provide a common entry point for individuals interested in pursuing a career in energy.
The Certified Welder program is a performance-based examination. Certification provides credentials that are transferable so you take them with you wherever you go. The AWS tests the procedures used in the structural steel, petroleum pipelines, sheet metal and chemical refinery welding industries. While not required, it is recommended you prepare for the certification exam through coursework at a community college or program sponsored by the Ironworkers Union.
If you are interested in becoming a commercial driver, you must first obtain a Commercial Driver License from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). To do so, you must pass the CDL Knowledge Test and any additional vehicle class requirements. States may also require examinations demonstrating your knowledge of hazardous materials. Be sure to check out your local Department of Motor Vehicles’ website for additional information and to find a local training center.
The HCRI offers several professional certifications earned through examinations in human resources, including:
- PHR (Professional in Human Resources) Certification exam is comprised of a test in strategic development, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations and risk management
- SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) Certification exam is comprised of a test in the following areas: strategic development, workforce planning and employment, human resource development, total rewards, employee and labor relations and risk management.
- GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) Certification exam is comprised of a test in the following areas: strategic HR management, organizational effectiveness and employee development, global staffing, international assignment management, global compensation and benefits and international employee relations and regulations.
- PHR-CA and SPHR-CA (state certification in California) focuses on California laws and practices that are different from federal laws and practices and is designed to augment the PHR and SPHR Certifications.
The road to becoming an ironworker is through apprenticeship. The Ironworker apprenticeship program is a well-organized and supervised method of training people with little or no knowledge of the craft to become ironworkers qualified in all segments of the trade. Apprentices earn while they learn, working on the job alongside professionals. In addition, they attend classes for approximately 160 hours per year for four years.
More than 82% of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage in skilled production workers and more than 75% say the skill shortage has negatively impacted their ability to expand. To help close the growing skills gap, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Skills Certification System. This system of nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials validates both the “book smarts” and the “street smarts” needed to be productive and successful on the job.
The Manufacturing Institute’s website includes links to industry-approved certification programs in various fields; including foundation skills, technical skills, machining and metalworking, welding, automation, construction, die casting, fabrication, fluid power, lean, mechatronics, quality, transportation distribution and logistics and technology and engineering.
NACE support continuous learning and professional development for industrial painters. NACE’s training programs, such as the Coating Inspector Program and the General Corrosion Program, provide hands-on training and introduce you to the basics of corrosion control, paint inspection, and project management.
NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation created to develop standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable, industry-recognized credentials. These credentials include transcripts, certificates, and wallet cards that are tracked through NCCER’s National Registry. NCCER develops training in over 60 craft areas, offers over 70 assessment exams and has 4,000 training locations. It also directly offers certification in:
- Mobile Crane Operator Certificate - NCCER’s Mobile Crane Operator Certification Program consists of assessments and practical examinations that meet or exceed current consensus and OSHA safety standards.
- Rigger and Signal Person Certification - NCCER’s Rigger and Signal Person Certification Program consists of assessments and practical examinations that meet or exceed current consensus and OSHA safety standards.
- Pipeline Training and Assessment Program (PTAP) - NCCER’s Pipeline Training and Assessment Program was developed in partnership with the pipeline industry. It consists of pipeline curriculum and pipeline skill assessments to qualify pipeline personnel under the Department of Transportation's regulation for Pipeline Operator Qualification.
Devoted to improving the state of manufacturing and engineering technology education, NCME serves as a source of materials, support and professional development for educators and industry professionals. NCME partners with community colleges and the Manufacturing and Engineering Technologies Education Clearinghouse provide educational materials and information.
OSHA Outreach Training Program – Safety and Employee Rights
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace.
Through this program, workers attend 10-hour or 30-hour classes delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers. The 10-hour class is intended for entry-level workers, while the 30-hour class is more appropriate for workers with some safety responsibility. Through this training, OSHA helps to ensure that workers are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights, and contribute to our nation's productivity.
Process Technology Certification
Process Technology programs educate and train technicians who control and monitor industrial and plant processes. Certificates are earned at two-year community colleges, such as Houston Community College or Lee College. Recipients find employment in petrochemicals and refining, food and beverage processing, pharmaceuticals and biomanufacturing, paper and pulp, oil and gas exploration, energy and power generation, water and waste water treatment, chemical and agricultural manufacturing, environmental safety and brewing and distilling process industries. Additional information is also available through the North American Process Technology Alliance.
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