Phoenix International, MSL Embrace IPC EMS Program Manager Certification Program

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Northbrook, Ill. -- Two electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies have expressed their support for IPC -- Association Connecting Electronics Industries' EMS Program Manager Certification Program, which trains all levels of program managers within the EMS industry in operations, project management, finance, contract management and leadership skills.

Manufacturers' Services Ltd. (MSL), Concord, Mass., and Phoenix International, Fargo, N.D., plan to send many of their EMS program managers to be trained and eventually certified through the extensive 70+ hour program, which is now in its second year. Both companies seek to have their program managers carry the new CEPM (Certified EMS Program Manager) designation that is only earned after successfully completing the program's comprehensive series of courses and passing a final certification examination; a feat 18 EMS program managers recently accomplished.

Todd Braun, senior program manager at Phoenix International, graduated at the top of his class from the inaugural EMS Program Manager Training and Certification Program. After the training, Braun reinforced the value of expanding participation to Phoenix International's other program managers with his top management.

MSL plans to expand its participation globally. Paul King, MSL director of global program management, is investigating the possibility of holding on-site training sessions at his company's locations in Europe and the U.S. King hopes to have as many as 20 of his EMS program managers involved in the training sessions during 2003.

The next Introduction to the EMS Industry and Program Management session begins April 25 through 26, 2003, in Chelmsford, Mass.

IPC is a trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its more than 2,400 member companies, which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed circuit board manufacturing and electronics assembly. For more information, visit



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