Industry Certifications

65% of Virginia’s annual employment openings in manufacturing are in jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a Bachelor’s Degree; these high-paying jobs require industry certifications that validate “middle skills” attainment.

69% of Virginia’s manufacturers report entry-level workers do not have the manufacturing technology skills needed for advanced technology jobs.

There is a projected shortfall of 11,000 skilled technicians for career opportunities in Virginia’s modern manufacturing sector.

To respond to the advanced technology skills gap, Dream it. Do it. Virginia has partnered with the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) to promote the Manufacturing Technician Level 1 (MT1) and Manufacturing Specialist (MS) Certifications. These certifications address the core technical competencies required for skilled production occupations in all sectors of manufacturing.   

Manufacturing Skills Institute Certifications:

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Individuals may pursue MT1 and MS certifications at the following MSI Academic Partners in Virginia:

Blue Ridge Community College

Central Virginia Community College

Community College Workforce Alliance (John Tyler Community College and J. Sargent Reynolds Community College)

Dabney Lancaster Community College

Danville Community College

ECPI University (6 locations)

Lord Fairfax Community College

Mountain Empire Community College

New River Community College

Paul D. Camp Community College 

Phoebus High School

Piedmont Virginia Community College

Rappahannock Community College

Roanoke/Salem CTE Academy

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center 

Southside Virginia Community College

Stratford University (Richmond Campus)

Thomas Nelson Community College

Tidewater Community College

Virginia Highlands Community College

Virginia Western Community College