In 1992, practitioners from 18 different companies created 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.
After years of sustained growth, SMRP members identified a need for a certification that sets practitioners apart from the rest in their field in 1997. Members began developing a certification to test the knowledge of practitioners and serve as a benchmark for industry best practices. Three years later, the first CMRP exam was administered at the annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, laying the groundwork for the certification process.
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 since grown to include hundreds of documents, technical papers and presentations on best practices, and it is one of the biggest drivers of membership for the society.
Recently, SMRP updated its mission and vision to include “physical asset management” to show that members are involved with assets from their introduction until a time when they are no longer used. SMRP’s reach has expanded to six continents and over 60 countries. Membership has reached over 5,000 with more than 4,000 CMRP, CMRT and CAMA certified practitioners. The annual conference now attracts over 1,000 attendees annually.
SMRP is the premier provider of educational opportunities, networking events and resources for maintenance, reliability and physical asset management and continues to grow.