The heart of the WCA credentialing program are the skill standards which are an observable, measurable level of achievement or performance. Rather than using a written test to determine a candidate’s skill level, we feel it’s much more useful to observe someone using a tool, so we’ve written thousands of Skill Standards for hundreds of tools covering a broad spectrum of the woodworking industry.
There are a number of tool categories, with each tool broken down into a number of operations, each of which has two potential testing levels:
Level 1 – Basic woodworking skills – Output oriented
Level 2 – Intermediate to advanced woodworking skills – Setup oriented
The WCA Passport is your entry into the program and also the representation of your achievements as you advance through the credentialing process.
Cost: $55 Learn more…
Skill Points are earned each time a candidate is tested, or assessed, on a tool operation which are accumulated and used to earn a credential. Testing a level 1 earns one point, and testing at level 2 earns an additional one point. Assessment credits are purchased from the WCA and spent each time a candidate is assessed.
One Skill Point uses one assessment credit at a cost of $5 per credit.
Available to high school students only, no experience requirements + passing grade on Basic Skills Written Test + 10 Skill Points. Learn more…
There are five main levels of credential that can be earned, plus the Sawblade Certificate that is for high school students only. Learn more…
6 months (800 hours) experience, work or school + 30 Skill points