At AWFS Fair, the Cabinet Makers Association announced the launch a new professional credential program for the cabinet making and custom woodworking industry.
The program uses both live and Web-based technologies for industry professionals to earn both basic and master level professional certification credentials.
“When we looked at the industry, we saw a gaping hole,” said Dave Grulke, CMA’s executive director. “While there are other professional educational and standards programs available that address design, technique, construction standards and a smattering of other areas, there was nothing that seemed to address the entire business of running a successful custom woodworking or cabinet shop. That’s where CMA’s Professional Certifications differ. We address the entire business, and include the all important customer’s perspective in our program.”
CMA’s program includes classroom instruction and requires testing in major areas of business operations. All program participants begin with a business ethics session, then move into basic certification curriculum. The basic level graduate will acquire advanced knowledge in business management, machinery, wood physics, design, finishing, safety education and the basics of measuring. Master level graduates will show expert knowledge in at least seven of the following areas: tools; portable power tools; machinery (master level); shop drawings/design drawings; software; CNC machinery; marketing; lean manufacturing; finance and computer assisted bookkeeping; shop/job site safety; and green manufacturing.
After a participant has passed required testing, they will also be interviewed face-to-face by the CMA Certification Board before being conferred their certification. Certified individuals will be authorized to add the three-letter acronym for their professional designation to their name (CCM=Certified Cabinet Maker; CCW=Certified Custom Woodworker; MCM=Master Cabinet Maker; MCW=Master Custom Woodworker).
Full details about the CMA Professional Certification program are available on its website: www.cabinetmakers.org.
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