In 1992, practitioners from 18 different companies created the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) to actively promote maintenance and reliability within their field and to the public.
Following the successful launch of the society, the inaugural SMRP Annual Conference took place in 1993 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event brought together practitioners to network, exchange ideas and learn about the latest tools and technologies.
In 1997, SMRP members identified a need for a certification to validate the skills and knowledge of practitioners. Members began developing the Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification to serve as a benchmark for maintenance and reliability best practices. Three years later, the first CMRP exam was administered at the annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, laying the preliminary groundwork for a recognized certification program. The CMRP has since been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
In 2004, SMRP formed the Body of Knowledge (BoK) Directorate – a group of members dedicated to maintaining a robust library of information and tools. The library has grown to include hundreds of documents, technical papers and presentations on best practices.
Recently, SMRP updated its mission and vision statements to include physical asset management to represent members that are involved with the lifecycle of physical assets in facilities. SMRP’s reach has expanded to over 60 countries across six continents. Membership has grown to over 7,000 individuals, and there are more than 5,000 CMRP, CMRT and CAMA-certified practitioners worldwide. The annual conference now attracts over 1,000 attendees.
SMRP is the premier provider of educational opportunities, networking events and resources for maintenance, reliability and physical asset management professionals.
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