What is FIT Certification?
The FIT Certification was created to prepare future technicians for careers in the food processing and equipment manufacturing industry. It’s also a way for current manufacturing workers to gain new skills and qualify for technician roles.
Why FIT? Why Now?
The food and beverage industry is changing. The technical complexity of food processing and equipment manufacturing is increasing, creating a growing need for technicians with a specific skill set. At this time, a large portion of the current workforce is nearing retirement age. The goal of the FIT Program is to create a new group of highly skilled technicians to meet the demands in today’s growing industry.
The FIT Certification is sponsored by the Food Processing Educational Consortium (FPEC), which is part of the foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA). The certification is supported and recognized across the food manufacturing, processing, and packaging industries.
What’s in It for You?
Technicians are among the best-compensated, most sought-after workers in the food processing industry.
- Technicians’ salary starts at $35,000 to $45,000. Experienced technicians can earn $75,000 or more.
- FIT Certification will prepare you to work as both a service technician and a maintenance technician. Service technicians tend to travel a lot to fix and maintain their company’s machines. Maintenance technicians tend to be dedicated to one plant.
Who Should Apply for FIT Certification?
- Enjoy solving problems?
- Have mechanical interest and aptitude?
- Have electronic interest and aptitude?
- Want to learn and develop new skills?
- Possess a good attitude and teamwork skills?