Automation & Robotics Apprenticeship Programs

FANUC America & Rockwell Automation have partnered to provide manufacturers with apprenticeships and credentialing programs, offering people opportunities to gain the credentials that include fundamental robotics (Robot Operator) and automation (PLC Operator).

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Increasing Opportunity While Narrow the Skills Gap

FANUC and Rockwell Automation are quickly taking action to lower entry barriers for workers to obtain industry relevant credentials to help eliminate America’s critical skills gap. Our apprenticeships include more widespread opportunities that cover current and emerging occupations in advanced manufacturing, including automation and robotics.



Would you like to fill job vacancies? We can help. We encourage companies to participate in the creation of apprenticeship programs that support careers in advanced manufacturing. Talk to our education team today to find out how you can fund apprenticeships and the necessary support mechanisms that will ensure successful outcomes, and the ability to scale quality training for your employees.


FANUC + Rockwell Automation:
A Powerful Education Coalition

After the United States Department of Labor (DOL) named the FANUC-Rockwell Automation coalition a Standards Recognized Entity (SRE), the coalition took immediate steps to encourage companies to participate in the creation of apprenticeship programs that support careers in advanced manufacturing. Here are the programs that the FANUC and Rockwell coalition are implementing with employers and aligning with certified educational partners:

  • Apprenticeships and credentialing programs for robotics (Robot Operator)
  • Apprenticeships and credentialing programs for automation (PLC Operator)
  • A second level of credentials for Robot and PLC Technicians
  • A third credentialing level that builds on integrated FANUC-Rockwell Automation technology skills
  • All apprenticeship offerings provide fulfilling careers and help companies to bridge the demand for skilled workers!

FAQs: What is an SRE?

A Standards Recognition Entity (SRE) is a third-party entity, recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as Industry Subject Matter Experts qualified to establish the occupational standards and technical knowledge competencies for apprenticeship programs. The FANUC and Rockwell Coalition have received the SRE designation for Robotics and Advanced Automation.

Apprenticeship Partners

  • Franklin Apprenticeships
    Franklin Apprenticeships is a team of apprenticeship experts developing and delivering high quality apprenticeships. Franklin partners with employers, training providers and state work force boards to offer attractive career paths for those just entering the workforce, career changers, unemployed and underemployed workers. Apprenticeships are a highly effective tool in leveling the playing field and opening up opportunities in overlooked communities.

    Franklin helps employers expand their skilled workforce at an efficient cost by blending instructor-led on-line and in-classroom technical classes with practical on the job training, and delivery infrastructure that maximizes success. Franklin's programs:

    •  Provide in-demand career path access to a capable, but unskilled talent pool

    •  Pair each apprentice with a personal success coach who oversees the learning journey and supports both the apprentice and employer

    •  Facilitate faster skills mastery in the workplace

    •  Promote greater workplace retention

    •  Result in a credentialed, productive future-proofed, workforce

    •  Permanently change family trees

  • APT Manufacturing Solutions
    APT is a strategic partner for both FANUC and Rockwell Education. APT along with FANUC and Rockwell develops Training Equipment that mirrors the actual equipment in industry. APT also develops curriculum for integration between FANUC Robot and FANUC CNC along with FANUC Robot and Rockwell PLC/HMI Motors etc. APT is a Top-Level IV Fanuc Authorized System Integrator for industry that has over 100 employees. In 2013 APT started a HS Training Center along with a registered apprenticeship program to maintain a pipeline of talented employees. They have a passion for education to help change the US so students are being trained the way industry needs.
  • Nocti Business Solutions (NBS)
    Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) is committed to developing and improving today’s workforce by being the leading provider of credentials and certification assessments across the country for certification organizations such as FANUC, MSSC, and SME. In addition, NBS works with private industry to provide pre-employment and incumbent worker testing in all technical skill areas to create individual training plans for new hires and/or the current workforce. The NBS assessment development process is accredited under the ISO 17024 standard and all development and validation processes adhere to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and the Principles.



Robots for Education

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We have the largest number of certified schools teaching robots and automation in the Americas

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