September 1st Deadline for First Industrial Maintenance Mechanics Certification Exam Application

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ISA is accepting applications for its first Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics certification exam until September 1st.

The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) is accepting applications until September 1st for its new Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMM) program. The CIMM exam will debut October 7th at the 2004 ISA Expo in Houston Texas. Subsequent exams will be given October 9th and December 11th at select locations.

CIMM is the first certification program for industrial maintenance mechanics in the US. The program represents what could be a major shift in the maintenance mechanics field.

According to Rod Lincoln, a manager at Cytec Industries’ Louisiana operation and chair of the CIMM steering team, “In the old days there was an apprenticeship program. If someone wanted to do something they would work under a skilled craftsman, and when they completed their apprenticeship they had the credentials and everyone recognizes those credentials. We don't have anything like that now.” Lincoln goes on to state that companies create infrastructures that say whether someone qualifies as a mechanic. “CIMM gives a mechanic in one company the opportunity to compare his or her credentials to everyone else.”

ISA provides additional information about the CIMM program on its website, Available information includes eligibility requirements, exam dates, key knowledge and skills, a detailed program handbook, and a study guide that’s available for purchase. Anyone interested in taking the CIMM exam on October 7th can apply through the CIMM website.

Media representatives are invited to cover the ISA Expo and the first CIMM examination.

About ISA

ISA is a 33,000-member global, nonprofit, educational organization connecting people and ideas in automation + control. The Society fosters advancement in the theory, design, manufacture, and use of sensors, instruments, computers, and systems for automation in a wide variety of applications.

In addition to hosting the largest conferences and exhibitions for automation in the Western Hemisphere, ISA is a leading technical training organization and a respected publisher of books, magazines, and standards.

ISA also serves the professional development and certification needs of industry professionals and practitioners with its Certified Automation Professional (CAP), Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®), Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanic (CIMM) programs, and the Control Systems Engineers (CSE) license.

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Dale Lee

Director Member, Education, & Certification Services


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