Experience hours may be any combination of classroom, lab, and shop or plant time such as internships and/or co-op work-study programs for the Green and Blue credentials; all other credentials only count paid work hours. Hours are cumulative lifetime hours, not related to any calendar or school year. School hours must be from a WCA accredited school.
WCA maintains a record, as represented by the Passport, of each Woodworker’s points and provides verification to educators or employers as requested by the Woodworker. Students in a WCA accredited school have the option earn the Sawblade Certificate before the Green Credential if they don’t acquire enough hours in school for a Green Credential, which is typical for a high school program.
Note: Every Passport holder/candidate must pass the BASIC Layout and Measurement Skill evaluations before earning any additional Skill Points.
An experienced Woodworker with the requisite experience hours can test DIRECTLY to any Credential without progressing through the series (Green, Blue, Red, Gold, Diamond). Contact the WCA office to create a custom career path. Your achievements are recorded in the WCA Registry.
Below are the requirements for each of the credential levels:
Green Credential –
30 Skill Points and 800 experience hours in school or industry.
The 10 Skill Points recorded for achieving the Sawblade Certificate (if earned) will be applied, meaning only 20 more Skill Points need be earned for Green.
The Board of Directors seeks input on the development of the process and system for experienced woodworker to apply and qualify for the Red, Gold, or Diamond Credential based on their work history. Please use the CONTACT form when you are interested in helping or making a suggestion.