SAME Credentials Committee 2015-2016
SAME is evolving to meet the challenges of a new, more complex national security environment. We are committed to providing programs and opportunities that are relevant to our membership and add real, demonstrated value.
Since 2012, the SAME Warrior Transition Task Force (WTTF) has worked to identify appropriate credentials for serving and transitioning military engineers, both those in uniform and our DOD civilians. While our initial focus was on the Non-Commissioned Officer force, we soon found credentials appropriate to all levels of our military engineering community- skilled trades, engineering technicians and professional managers.
Over the past three years, the WTTF worked with many organizations in our industry who sponsor formal credentialing programs relevant to the training and experience of military engineers. We identified 38 credentials of interest, and built a portal on the SAME website to provide information on each. The link is found here.
Our goal was to identify the credential, develop a relationship with the granting organization, and map the process for obtaining each certification, at a reduced cost to the service member. This program supports the transitioning service member, while also increasing the skills and professionalism of our serving military engineering community.
As the work of the WTTF progressed, it was obvious that much work remains and that continued SAME leadership is critical to make it happen. The SAME Board of Direction recognized this by creating the new SAME Credentials Committee. Our mission remains consistent and focused on adding value to all our members:
- Convert the SAME Warrior Transition Task Force into a standing SAME committee.
- Serve as SAME's leader and advisory body centrally focused on credentials for all SAME members.
- Acts as the SAME chief integrator with credentialing societies and as an advisor to SAME National on education offerings.
2016 Work Plan:
- Maintain and update our SAME Credentials Portal
- Complete a training curriculum review of the three service engineer schools
- Conduct additional certification trials as needed
- Conduct a pilot program for PMP certification with the Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Connect certifying bodies for the skilled trades with the services’ engineer schools
- Explore and identify available funding resources to support certification programsDevelop guidelines and best practices for SAME Posts to support credentialing
- Publicize credential opportunities to inform our military engineering community
We welcome the active participation of all interested SAME members, and our industry and association partners, as we continue to create credentialing opportunities for all our military engineering community.