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Woodwork Career Alliance Introduces Woodwork Passport

The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCANA) has announced the launch of the Woodwork Passport – a portable, personal, permanent record of a woodworker’s level of competency in tool and machine operations – a "passport" to career success.

The Woodwork Passport provides a skill certification/passport stamp for individuals in the woodwork industry to quantify and qualify their ability to operate specific woodwork tools properly and safely to create high quality wood products. The Woodwork Passport, together with the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards, will strengthen wood-based industries and increase the professionalism of the woodwork manufacturing workforce.

"The Woodwork Passport will advance the knowledge, skill and professionalism of our workforce that is essential to sustain and grow the woodwork industry," said Scott Nelson, president of WCA and CEO of Central Plains Millwork in Lincoln, NE. "We realize that a strong woodworking economy is predicated on an educated and skilled workforce at every level."

The Woodwork Passport program will be rolled out in stages beginning this year and being fully operational in 2013. A WCA Passport will be similar to a U.S. Passport – a tangible booklet with pages on which to obtain "tool" stamps, like country stamps, that verify the individual’s tool proficiencies allowing them to "document their travels," the WCA reported. When fully operational, this credential program will offer skill certifications/passport stamps each with levels in line with the subcategories of the Woodwork Manufacturing Skill Standards.

For more information about the Woodwork Passport, visit

About the Woodwork Career Alliance
The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America (WCANA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization actively promoting a skilled work force for the advanced woodworking industry in the United States and Canada. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Woodwork Career Alliance is the national forum for employers, workers, educators, associations, and government to address the human resource challenges facing the advanced woodwork industries.  [Return to top]