The Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) is a non-profit foundation supported by industry with the goal of creating a larger number of individuals with Industry 4.0 skills. To accomplish this goal the alliance is developing skill standards, providing teacher training, promoting these skill sets to students, and providing industry certifications.
Industry 4.0 technology is rapidly transforming the workplace. As companies increase their use of Ethernet networks and internet technology, they are connecting more devices, from smart sensors to smart phones, enabling them to reduce downtime and increase quality and productivity. These highly connected systems require new skills in almost every occupation, which include the ability to interact with software, data, networks, and smart devices.
Many certifications are available today that address isolated competencies, from machining to maintenance and IT, but SACA certifications are different. They address the integration of these technologies with industry 4.0 technology.