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Smart Manufacturing Micro-Credentials Through Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University (CSU) is an anchor institution for Northeast Ohio, recognized for cutting-edge research, creative activity, and innovative collaborations that drive economic development and enrich the lives of our students and citizens. CSU is now providing workforce development micro-credentials in Smart Manufacturing to address the changing industry demands of the 4.0 revolution.


What are Micro-Credentials?

A micro-credential is a professional learning pathway where students gain skill sets in a specific technical area and receive a credential within a matter of weeks. Micro-credentials are affordable, flexible, and industry based which allows a student to complete a course at their own pace while assuring they are gaining industry knowledge and skills.

Each credential is designed by subject matter experts who have extensive experience in that industry. These courses include online simulations, case studies, various technologies, and a variety of assessment methods to ensure skills acquisition. Micro-credentials demonstrate to employers the understanding of in-demand skills and industry awareness.

What Others Are Saying About Smart Manufacturing

"New studies in manufacturing have found that the transition in manufacturing technologies are no longer just a nice to have, but instead have become a necessity. 83 percent of manufacturers say the pandemic has made adopting smart manufacturing technologies and processes a priority."

*Robotics and Automation News,  BY 

What Others Are Saying About Smart Manufacturing

Increasing adoption of technologies, including big data analytics, smart robots, and industrial IoT, in manufacturing facilities is a key factor propelling the market growth. Additionally, small and medium enterprises are increasingly
integrating plant asset management, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and 3D printing solutions, accelerating the market growth.

*Bloomberg, May 24, 2021

What Others Are Saying About Smart Manufacturing

The global smart manufacturing market is projected to grow from $249.46 billion in 2021 to $576.21 billion in 2028 at a CAGR of 12.7% between 2021 to 2028.

*Fortune Business Insights, Smart Manufacturing Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis



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Learn the importance of digital transformation, from underlying technologies, data, and machine use, to the impact on the business and its people in transition from 3.0 to 4.0. This credential is for everyone in manufacturing, entering the transformation of the 3.0 to 4.0 transition.
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Dive deeper into the technical knowledge and understandings of Smart Manufacturing Systems. Learn Smart Manufacturing implementation of systems and solutions, data flows, data capture, and new methodologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital twins, and more. This credential is for those who are working on the implementation side, out on the floor and bringing the data to life.
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Learn how to build a strategic competitive advantage for your business using Smart Manufacturing tools and strategies. Learn to build world-class capabilities across several dimensions of your business, from strategy and leadership to people optimization and supply chain resilience for greater financial performance. This credential is for current and future leaders of Smart Manufacturing.


John McLaughlin
VP of Business Growth at Stark Economic Development Board
Excellent course on a very important topic. Smart Manufacturing will be a key industry discussion in the coming years. This course helps one understand the challenges and opportunities that manufacturing companies will encounter in transitioning to Industry 4.0. Course was very well structured and provided a great general understanding to the principles and concepts of Smart Manufacturing. Highly recommended and encourage this course for anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge about Industry 4.0.
Shahram Lotfi
Ottawa, ON
Overall, the design and appearance of the course material was well-done. And having the opportunity to run through the program at your own pace was a great advantage. I had the opportunity to sign up for this program more out of curiosity and most of the material was already known to me but I still enjoyed the smooth flow of the progress through the modules.

Still Have Questions?

What are the steps in the enrollment process?

It is as easy as clicking on "Enroll Now" and submitting your information and payment. We also offer installment plans for an affordable option.

If you need any assistance before enrolling please reach out to one of our Admissions Counselors at or 1-800-603-0027.

What are the technical and equipment requirements?

For best performance, you should be using the most up-to-date version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. These Micro-Credentials can be run on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Supported Browsers:

Current and first previous major releases of the following browsers are supported.

  • Chrome 96 and 97 or higher

  • Firefox 95 and 96 or higher

  • Safari 14 and 15 (Macintosh only) or higher

  • Edge 96 and 97 or higher

Is financial aid available?

We utilize the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds. Ohio can assist in short-term occupational training funding for up to a year for those who qualify.

Grants up to $7,500 are available for manufacturing sector in-demand jobs.

For more information please call 216-777-8200 or visit

For more payment options please contact an Admissions Counselor at

What is the refund policy?

Students who cancel prior to the first day of class will receive a full refund. No refund will be issued once the class begins.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please feel free to use any of these options to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you!


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