Students in most high school woodworking programs don’t accumulate enough class room hours for them to graduate with a Green Credential, which requires a minimum of 800 hours at school or work.
However, we want students in this type of program to have a way of participating in the WCA as well as providing a path to an eventual credential.
To this end, the WCA has created the Sawblade Certificate allows students to participate in the skills testing, and along with a written test, gives them a path
to a certificate recognizing their achievement. If, in the future, a student who has earned a Sawblade Certificate moves on to work for a WCA member company or attends a member post-secondary school, they can build on what they’ve already donate earn a full Green level credential.