GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Stiles Machinery announces that they will offer certification of WCA’s Standards of Tool Skills, an industry-approved program aimed to educate woodworkers in the latest woodworking machinery and techniques. Stiles is the first machinery company qualified to offer WCA certification.

Standards of Tool Skills are tool operations that can be measured. As a woodworker masters basic techniques, a clear path is indicated for increased skill in each tool operation. Experienced woodworkers must pass dozens of tests to demonstrate their accumulated skills against a consistent industry standard.

“Stiles is committed to helping woodworkers maximize their competency,” says Duane Griffiths, Manager of Education Services. “Education is a key component of Stiles’ total production solutions approach.”

Phil Rasey, Sales Education Coordinator, will be among the first certified WCA evaluators. In order to qualify, Rasey had to meet rigorous WCA requirements to certify his skills and knowledge. Rasey’s extensive computer numeric controlled (CNC) skills made him an ideal candidate.

Stiles’ Education Services has trained woodworkers for over 20 years and produced over 30,000 graduates. To learn more about the Woodworking Career Alliance, visit their website at http://woodworkcareer.org

About Stiles Machinery Inc.

For over 45 years, Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed. More than the largest supplier of quality machinery, Stiles provides a Total Production Solutions approach by also offering equipment integration, financial services, education, service and parts. By having a wealth of solutions whether defined as people, products or services, Stiles merges the best thinking and the best ideas in a solution that works best for their customers. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stiles has regional offices and service centers in High Point and Gastonia, North Carolina; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. For more information, contact Steve Waltman, Vice President of Marketing & Communications.

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