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Contact: Misti Murphey, CCT-A
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703-525-0320
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ICPA’s Cast Polymer Certification Program Reaches 200 Mark
Industry Validates Need for Standards in Training

February 4, 2005 (Arlington, Va.) — The Certified Composites Technician- Cast Polymer (CCT-CP) program, created in 2002 by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) in conjunction with ACMA’s International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA), reached an important milestone recently certifying its two hundredth person.

“The CCT-CP program is growing quickly because the industry recognizes the value of enhanced training,” said Sabeena Hickman, CCT-A, Managing Director, ICPA. “The number of companies committed to total workforce education is increasing on a daily basis. Reaching the milestone of 200 certified composites technicians in the cast polymer industry is truly a step toward improving the quality of products produced by the industry.”

Hickman has found that cast polymer manufacturers are encouraging employees to acquire CCT credentials at a steady pace. In addition to improving workforce skills, manufacturers find the CCT –CP program helps reduce shop waste, increase plant safety, and produces better products. And while the majority of CCT-CPs are manufacturing employees, suppliers and distributors have also applied for training and certification because it provides the necessary background to better serve customers.

"As professional suppliers to the cast polymer industry, we have a duty to assist and challenge our customers to produce only the highest quality "eco-friendly" products,” said J. M. Elizalde, Director of International Sales, Gruber System (200th CCT-CP).
“The CCT-CP program gives us all the building blocks and manufacturing standards to better and further our industry. By supporting CCT-CP certification, we are showing our commitment and loyalty to our customers, employees, and shareholders.”

CCT-CP course work requires candidates to develop expertise in: Composites Manufacturing Processes; Cast Polymer Materials; Gel Coat Application; Matrix Casting Techniques For Gel Coated Products; Controlled Spraying for Cast Polymer Production; Fluid Handling Equipment Principles; Cast Polymer Plant Safety; and Cast Polymer Quality Assurance.

With seven certification programs – CCT (available in Spanish), CCT-Cast Polymer, CCT-Marine, CCT- Instructor, CCT-Compression Molding; and CCM (Certified Composites Manager)? ACMA has certified over 1,900 composites professionals. Individuals interested in enrolling in the CCT-CP certification program must have at least one year of experience in the cast polymer industry. Exams are held throughout the year in various locations and at region meetings.

For further information about ACMA’s certification programs, visit www.compositescertification.org or call 703.525.0511.

Copyright 2005 International Cast Polymer Alliance of the American Composites Manufacturers Association

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The International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA) is a nonprofit organization representing over 300 members including manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators, and installers of cultured marble, cultured granite, cultured onyx, and solid surface kitchen and bath products. ICPA is dedicated to promoting recognition and demand for cast polymer products, representing the industry on legislative and regulatory issues, and maintaining high standards of quality in cast polymer products. ICPA publishes a monthly magazine, The Cast Polymer Connection. ICPA is an alliance of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the world’s largest trade group representing the composites industry. For ICPA membership information, call 703-525-0320, email icpa-info@icpa-hq.org,or visit ICPA’s web site: www.icpa-hq.org.

 

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