Luke Barnett, chairmaker and teacher writes:

I split my time between making windsor chairs for a living and teaching for a living. As a chair maker (employer) who may need to hire an employee, I can see a huge value in the passport program. The problem I run into, is that everyone says that they are an expert at everything. This would be a great way to get proof of the skill level according to someone other than said employee.

As a teacher… the passport program would be a great way to give credentials to some of the skilled students. It is a great way to evaluate where their strengths and weaknesses and put a value on their hard work.


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It’s difficult to find and keep skilled workers and it’s difficult for woodworkers to show what they know during the interview process. The industry wants a way to recognize skills and reward achievement. WCA meets that need.

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