Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA)

SME's Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) is an industry certification focused on basic manufacturing concepts, demonstrating an individual's potential for high-demand, entry-level manufacturing roles. It was designed for individuals new to manufacturing who may not currently possess enough knowledge or experience for more advanced technical certifications. This might include high school students, dislocated workers, and individuals coming from other non-manufacturing sectors who wish to...

3 Months / 35 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES7014

What you will learn

  • Introduction to basic concepts necessary for a successful career as a Certified Manufacturing Associate
  • Foundational understanding of safety, manufacturing essentials, fasteners, inspection, CNC, additive manufacturing, robotics, lean, and quality upon completion of the course
  • Topics covered include shop math, assembly, maintenance, machining, inspection, and more

How you will benefit

  • Obtain an industry-driven certification that validates your knowledge and skills in manufacturing
  • Develop a foundational understanding of safety, manufacturing essentials, fasteners, inspection, CNC, additive manufacturing, robotics, lean, and quality
  • Enhance your employability by demonstrating to potential employers that you have a basic knowledge of manufacturing, making you an ideal candidate for entry-level manufacturing employment
  • Improve your chances of landing a job in the manufacturing industry, as the certification demonstrates that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this field

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 3 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 35 course hours
  1. Safety
  2. Manufacturing Essentials
  3. Fasteners
  4. Inspection
  5. CNC
  6. Additive Manufacturing
  7. Robotics
  8. Lean
  9. Quality

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites for this entry level course.

Certification Requirements:

There are no requirements to sit for the certification exam. The SME Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) demonstrates that an individual has foundational manufacturing knowledge and may be an ideal candidate for entry-level employment.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

According to Glassdoor.com, the average manufacturing associate salary is $40,658 per year in the U.S.

A manufacturing associate can be defined in many ways based on your work environment. For example, a few careers that fall under a manufacturing associate include a production laborer - responsible for assembly, machining, quality checks, tool changes, and problem-solving of manufacturing processes and equipment. A laborer/warehouse worker - responsible for picking and shipping parts from a warehouse. This includes staging, loading, unloading, stocking, and maintaining the warehouse inventory. A manufacturing/production technician - ensures the quality product is delivered quickly and according to safety, environmental, and health procedures and regulations. These individuals set up, start-up, operate, and shut down manufacturing equipment. They inspect products to ensure quality and may calibrate or adjust equipment and machinery settings to produce the desired product.

Yes. You will be prepared for the Certified Manufacturing Associate (CMfgA) certification exam through SME.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 3 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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Certification programs from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) are the industry standard for assessing and acknowledging candidate's professional knowledge, skills, competencies, and abilities. Our certification programs are led by professionals within the manufacturing industry who guide the development and continuous improvement of the bodies of knowledge and competency models upon which the certifications are based. Earning a certification validates your knowledge against industry standards, can boost your career opportunities, and set you apart from your peers.