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National Standards and Certification in Manufacturing 





Canada’s first national certification program for shop floor production workers and management is here. Are you in?

A simple plan

CertWORK Plus is a national assessment and certification program, developed collaboratively by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), for all levels of shop floor production workers and management staff. CertWORK Plus provides national benchmark certifications for these personnel in manufacturing. 

Funded by the Government of Canada, this is the first program of its kind in the country. 

A smarter way to recruit, hire and promote

CertWORK Plus puts everyone on the same page, simplifying the process of hiring and being hired. For employers, recruitment will become far more efficient: mandatory certifications can be stipulated in recruitment ads, public job boards and company websites. Conversely, when a worker applies for a job or promotion, simply listing their CertWORK Plus certifications on a resume will quickly and definitively inform employers of their potential suitability. 



Join us for the launch

Phase 1 of the program met with a very favourable response from industry sector participants nationwide. CertWORK Plus has since been scaled up to suit a wider range of industries and jobs on the shop floor and in management. Now we’re looking for industry partners to help us expand the program to the national level and make it integral to the HR process at thousands of Canadian companies. 

Certifying four worker categories

We are engaging businesses to help us recruit candidates for the program in the following job streams: Production Workers, Lead Hands, Supervisors and Managers. 

What’s in it for you?

Your company’s participation will: 

  • Let you reap the competitive advantages of early adoption
  • Help improve your operation’s long-term production efficiency and product quality
  • Help introduce an efficient means of evaluating people based on their performance, measured against standards validated by you and other employers in manufacturing
  • Give you a practical tool to assess employees for promotion, for performance reviews, and for developing training plans
  • Enhance career opportunities for your staff

The ideal partners

We’re seeking manufacturing enterprises from across Canada – especially companies with small (or no) HR departments. 

National consistency

CertWORK Plus certification standards will remain the same from company to company across Canada, making the hiring process much easier and improving career mobility for workers. 

Visit the CertWORK Plus program website for more information.


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