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Manufacturing Execution Systems are the fundamental enablers of Digital Transformation. To successfully improve your Manufacturing Operations, you need to invest in smart technology and digitalization and invest in your people. MES training, MOM training, MOM education, MES education – call it what you like, education plays a vital role in developing MES/MOM best practices.

The MES/MOM Methodologies Certificate of Competency (CoC) is part of MESA International’s independent global education program developed for the global manufacturing community. We created the certificate to educate and build knowledge and awareness of MES/MOM solutions, which are essential for advancing to Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. Through a comprehensive set of courses, this education program shares best practices in industry standards ISA-95 and ISA-88; designing your MOM solutions landscape and architecture; creating a solid business case; making the right MES/MOM selection for your manufacturing needs; and helping to transform your business to operational excellence with MES/MOM deployment.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Explain why manufacturers are changing and how MOM plays a major role in accelerating change through scalable continuous improvement
  • Discuss the business value and direction of MOM standards
  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant industry standards, ISA-95 and ISA-88
  • Understand the various MOM application types and their roles in an application landscape
  • Know about existing (smart) manufacturing architectures
  • Discuss the opportunities offered by Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies and methodologies
  • Discuss the need for Manufacturing Transformation Strategy
  • Explain how a Manufacturing Capability Assessment provides guidelines for a structured step-by-step improvement
  • Explain the importance of Manufacturing Master Data Management and its role in the New Product Development and Introduction process
  • Recognize the increased decision-making capabilities of mapping operations metrics to financial and business metrics
  • Understand the role of advanced analytics and smart approaches such as Machine Learning
  • Develop a strong business case that identifies the key business elements to justify MOM and Smart Manufacturing projects
  • Understand the process for MOM product selection and how to select the right MOM solution for your organization needs
  • Discuss the different project methodologies and frameworks
  • Explain the importance of user acceptance

Classroom and Online

Classroom: The program is taught in a classroom environment over four consecutive days.
Online: An instructor leads an online version of the same program that is delivered in five, 5-hour sessions on five consecutive working days.


A competency test is administered for each course in the program. Learners must score 85% or higher on each test to receive the program’s Certificate of Competency. There are two parts to the competency test for each course:

  1. In-course test consisting of up to 10 questions answered as the course progresses
  2. Post-course test consisting of up to 10 questions answered within eight weeks after course completion

Completing a MESA-approved Certificate of Competency (CoC) is recognized globally, showing industries you have achieved a high standard of education within the MES/MOM field. Over 1800 professionals are now MESA-approved MES/MOM certificate holders.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do I need MES/MOM training?
    Current industry discussions focus on the actual role of manufacturing/production in the global supply chain network. For any manufacturer to be competitive, actual manufacturing operations activities must be highly interactive in supply chain and enterprise processes to achieve effective collaboration and competition. This is the domain of collaborative and flexible manufacturing operations management (MOM) system architectures.  Developing comprehensive skills to ensure selection, implementation and capturing the benefits is essential to deliver that important ROI.
  • Who benefits from attending?
    Completing the CoC certificate is best for manufacturing/operations management and leaders, operations excellence/continuous improvement experts, production/process engineers, systems analysts, architects, programmers, project managers and consultants.
  • What industries do people come from to attend this education program?
    MESA’s Global Education Program is not industry specific. Participants come from all industries.  If you prefer, you can host an in-house program tailored specifically to your industry. For more information, contact one of MESA's authorized training providers in your area.