Systematic training and credentialling would benefit the fluid power industry by providing a skilled and certified labor force. Effective training and certification programs are built upon a logically organized and validated list of occupational competencies. In this text, occupational competencies are defined as tasks for which the specific skills and knowledge can be identified. Validation means that they have been critically reviewed and accepted by the industry and profession. Training and certification programs are now being conducted by schools, professional organizations throughout the industry without a validated list of occupational competencies for several recognized job titles. It is anticipated that the project will be completed in three phases over five years.