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Workcred Executive Director Presents at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Dr. Roy Swift Spoke at Segment “What Does Certification Have to Do with Qualification?” at Construction Industry Show

3/30/2017

Roy Swift, Ph.D., executive director of Workcred, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) affiliate, recently presented at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 construction industry show in Las Vegas, where he spoke at a special session on behalf of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO). The CONEXPO event, which takes place every three years, featured more than 150 education sessions and over 2,400 exhibitors.

Dr. Swift participated in the March 7 session, “What Does Certification Have to Do with Qualification?” and highlighted the characteristics of certifications, which are often used in professions associated with health, safety, finance, and security. Dr. Swift leads efforts for Workcred, which was formed in 2014 to strengthen workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively.

A 2016 survey by the Associated General Contractors of America found that two-thirds of contractors have a difficult time finding qualified craft workers to hire amid a growing construction demand—indicative that recruiting changes need to take place.

And as ANSI has previously reported, market research studies show that a need for qualified construction workers drives certifications and training programs—and the value of certifications is recognized across the construction industry. A 2015 study, “Construction Industry Workforce Shortages: Role of Certification, Training and Green Jobs in Filling the Gaps,” for example, reflects the challenges of the construction labor skills gap, and reveals the perceived value of certifications as a leveraging tool in the sector’s job market. [See previous coverage].

NCCCO, a nonprofit organization which serves to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation, took part in the CONEXPO event to offer new candidates and existing certificants alike a wide variety of ANSI-accredited CCO written, practical, and recertification exams and educational workshops.

“The event was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of identifying quality credentials and to increase awareness about how to differentiate the credentials that have market value,” said Dr. Swift.

About Workcred

Workcred, an ANSI affiliate organization formed in 2014, is committed to strengthening workforce quality by improving the credentialing system, ensuring its ongoing relevance, and preparing employers, workers, educators, and governments to use it effectively. Led by executive director Roy Swift, Ph.D., the organization’s vision is a labor market which relies on the relevance, quality, and value of workforce credentials for opportunities, growth, and development. Dr. Swift, a retired U.S. Army colonel, previously served as ANSI’s chief workforce development officer and senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs.

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