FPDA University

Welcome to FPDA University! 

Could you use a snapshot of your employees’ capabilities?  Do your sales reps know what constitutes a profitable sale?  Do you know which of your employees needs help in specific technology areas, or in proposing and trouble-shooting complex customer solutions?

 FPDA University is here to help with a variety of training and development resources for FPDA members:

  • comprehensive knowledge assessments covering fluid power, electro-mechanical, automation, and sales competencies – based on industry consensus key competencies
  • easy to manage training resources mapped by competency area and supplemental training resources

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  1. Assess employees.The assessment process is simple.  Assessments are all on-line, hosted by NOCTI, and participants access them via the internet from their offices. Development of these assessments was carefully conducted in partnership with FPDA’s testing partner, the National Occupation & Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI), ensuring managers can be confident in both the testing process and resulting scores.

  2. Select appropriate training resources.
    1. Technical skills e-Learning
       Brought to you by FPDA's training partner,Tooling U-SME. Training bundles include: Electro-Mechanical-Automation (35 classes), Fluid Power (20 classes), Comprehensive (includes everything from the E-M-A and Fluid Power bundles), New hire/on-boarding foundational training (25 classes), or Generic bundles (choice of 10 or 20-class bundles).
    2. FPDA University Member Training Exchange (members training members)
    3. Wide variety of business and sales skills courses: FPDA University of Innovative Distribution
    4. In-depth sales skills courses: Don Buttrey’s FPDA Four Pillars of the Sales Profession

    5. Guide to additional widely available industry-recognized resources

  3. Receive Certificate: The Motion + Control Sales Professional certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all 4 assessments.


We’ve gone through a rigorous process of mapping competencies defined by FPDA members as critical for the business, to technical skills e-Learning from Tooling U-SME courses.  Why Tooling U-SME?  More than half the Fortune 500® manufacturers and educational institutions nationwide choose Tooling U-SME for workforce development.  Like FPDA, SME is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing.  It's a great partnership.