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July 16, 2008 - Together with Engineering Management Certification International, SME will launch certification program that facilitates and maintains competence in engineering management among qualified engineers, scientists, and technologies. After comparing its own CEM program and EMCI program, SME determined that by merging the two, it could provide members and customers with powerful, widely accepted credential that is highly endorsed by other engineering societies.

SME and EMCI Establish Unifying Industry Standard for Engineering Management Certification


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Press release date: July 14, 2008

New Collaborative Effort to Launch July 15, 2008

DEARBORN, Mich., July 14, 2008 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced today that it has signed an agreement to establish a partnership with Engineering Management Certification International (EMCI(tm)), a certification program that both facilitates and maintains competence in engineering management among qualified engineers, scientists and technologists. This new collaboration continues the creation of unifying a standard for this in-demand certification.

Effective July 15, SME will close its Certified Engineering Manager certification and merge it with the EMCI program. All previously SME-certified CEM's will become certified through the Engineering Management Certification Fundamentals (EMCF) or Engineering Management Certification Professional (EMCP) designation.

The EMCI program will also align SME with other leading engineering and management associations, which include founding partners ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), ASEM (American Society of Engineering Management), AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and AIME (The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers).

SME's announcement comes after a thorough comparison of its own CEM program and the EMCI program. Strong synergies between the programs were identified, and SME determined that by merging its program with EMCI it could provide its members and customers with a more powerful, widely accepted credential that is highly endorsed by other engineering societies. SME Executive Director and General Manager, Mark C. Tomlinson said, "SME frequently collaborates with other engineering societies to develop the most beneficial results for members and customers. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce this partnership."

Tomlinson also reassured those currently holding the CEM credential, "that the merger of the CEM and EMCI programs will provide a more perfect union of SME's strengths with those of the founding organizations. Members will also find that the EMCI program offers a more robust curriculum and therefore, a greater body of knowledge."

To complement this announcement and ease the transition between the certifications, all current CEM holders will be notified by letter throughout July and August. Notifications will also be posted online at both www.sme.org, www.asme.org and engineeringcertification.org. For more information, please call SME at 1-800-733-4763 or ASME at 1-212-591-8463

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About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (www.sme.org) is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

About EMCI:
EMCI, or Engineering Management Certification International, is an international certification program that both facilitates and maintains competence in engineering management among qualified engineers, scientists and technologists. EMCI develops and maintains a "Body of Knowledge" (EMC-BOK(tm)) for certification in global standards and best practices for engineering managers. The EMC-BOK and the EMCF(tm) and EMCP(tm) exams are now the standard by which to evaluate engineers' knowledge and skills in managing activities and allocation of resources in an engineering, science, and/or technologically driven business environment.

Contact: Lori Ann Dick, APR
Senior PR Representative
communications@sme.org
Tel (313) 425-3187
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