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Woodwork Career Alliance Passport Credential Holders Exceed 5,000 in 2022

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December 14, 2022 | Press Release

Lincoln, NE—2022 was a banner year for the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America. The numbers help tell the story. Through the first 11 months of the year, the WCA:

  • Enrolled 1,419 new candidates in the WCA Passport Credentialing program, nearly twice as many as were enrolled in 2021. More than 5,000 Passports have been issued since the program was created.
  • Enrolled 60 new schools as EDUcation™ members bringing the total to 160.
  • Enrolled eight new woodworking companies as MANufacturing™ members bringing the total to 28.
  • Added 35 woodworking instructors as Accredited Skill Evaluators, using the online training platform that was launched last year.
Woodwork Career Alliance enrolled 1,419 new candidates in the WCA Passport Credentialing program in 2022, double the number in 2021.

In addition, WCA created the new Core credentialing program to recognize the accomplishments of more serious-minded woodworking students who expand their skill sets and tackle more challenging projects beyond the Sawblade Certification requirements.

WCA presented a well-attended half-day workshop at the International Woodworking Fair focused on helping woodworking companies to establish or enhance in-house training programs.

WCA continued its partnership with the annual SkillsUSA Cabinetmaking competition on the national and state levels.

Finally, WCA continued to expanded its industry out-reach through news releases and the quarterly Pathways newsletter.

Looking ahead to 2023, the WCA plans to place more emphasis on developing new credentialing programs for the woodworking industry to rival professional certification programs in metal working, automotive, welding and other skilled trades. The overarching goal is to create viable career pathways in woodworking.

“As a self-funded 501c not-for-profit organization, we would not be able to go the extra mile without the generous support of our industry partners and sponsors,” said WCA President Scott Nelson. “Everyone knows that U.S. and Canadian wood products companies our desperate to find qualified candidates. I think the WCA’s growth is a clear indicator that more and more industry players are viewing our programs as a valuable resource to help recruit, train, and retain great employees.”

WCA publicly thanks each of the following organizations and companies for their fantastic financial support since Jan. 1, 2021.

  • 2022 International Woodworking Fair Silent Auction
  • Sherwin-Williams for donating $5,000 beyond the company’s annual Gold Sponsorship
  • 2021-22 Gold Sponsors: Air Handling Systems ● AWI Quality Certification Program ● Blum ● Cantek America ● Daniels-Olsen/Metro Hardwoods ● Diamond Vogel ● Friulmac USA ● KCD Software ● Kerfkore ● M.L. Campbell ● Newman Machine ● NBMDA ● PantoRouter ● Rev-A-Shelf ● Roseburg Forest Products ● Safety Speed Manufacturing ● SawStop ● SCM Group USA ● Sherwin-Williams ● ShopBot Tools ● Smartech ● Stiles Machinery ● Thermwood ● Weinig USA ● WoodEd Table by Mimbus ● Woodworking Network ● Würth Group NA
  • 2021-22 Silver Sponsors: Accu-Router ● Aiken Controls ● Bessey Group ● Black Bros. ● Brookhuis America ● C.R. Onsrud ● Castle USA ● Colonial Saw ● Daubert Chemical ● Deerwood Fasteners ● Eagle Mouldings ● GDP Guhdo ● Gemini-Coatings ● Hafele America ● IMA-Schelling ● Kreg Tool ● Leitz Tooling ● PaintLine ● Sorrelli Woodwork Consultants ● Super Thin Saws ● WDLusk Consulting ● Weima America

Learn more about WCA membership and sponsorship opportunities.

About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The WCA’s mission is to develop and administer a unified set of Skill Standards for the wood products industry. Since 2011, WCA has developed observable and measurable performance standards and assessments for more than 300 woodworking machine operations. In addition, WCA has issued over 5,000 Passport credentials, a portable, personal permanent record documenting each holder’s record of woodworking skill achievements. More than 160 high schools and post-secondary schools throughout North America are WCA EDUcation™ members and a growing number of woodworking companies have joined the WCA as MANufacturing™ members. To learn more about the WCA and how to get involved with its programs, including sponsorship opportunities, visit WoodworkCareer.org.

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