Business leaders, government, and industry turn to Mission Critical Global Alliance (MCGA) as a trusted resource in safeguarding operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) elements of mission critical infrastructure due to our expertise in advocacy, skills standards development, education, research, workforce development, and professional certifications.
As a nonprofit organization, we coordinate and unify the work of members engaged in the advancement and protection of mission critical operations. As a result, we advocate the value and importance of having skilled professionals engaged in mission critical operations.
MCGA facilitates the development and dissemination of educational and informational resources intended to cultivate new generations of professionals and to enhance the effectiveness of the existing workforce engaged in securely and safely operating mission critical infrastructure (including data centers) and protecting the physical and economic security, health, and safety of the public.
MCGA facilitates the release of industry standards, guidelines, and services that enhance the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety, and security of mission critical operations across institutions, universities, government workforce agencies, foundations, and other private educational training and credentialing providers.
Mission Critical Global Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines 16 industry sectors as "critical infrastructure - Nuclear, Manufacturing, Chemical, Facilities, Defense, Dams, Emergency, Communications, Financial, Energy, Water, Agriculture, Transportation, Health, IT (e.g., data centers), and Government Facilities. Each of these sectors are experiencing the same workforce challenges:
Reaching retirement age and taking a lot of their knowledge and experience with them.
Take up is declining in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Engineering and technician roles are often seen as undesirable with limited prospects for career development.
Continuing technology advances make it difficult for the workforce to keep pace with the skills and knowledge that they need.
Certified Mission Critical Operator (CMCO)
CMCO is the foundational certification for professionals operating in data center environments.
Certified Mission Critical Professional (CMCP)
CMCP is an operational technology (OT) certification for seasoned professionals working in any mission critical environment.
RMF Engineering, Inc.
"If you want to start or grow your professional career in a mission critical facility, a CMCO certification really proves that you have the abilities and knowledge you need to succeed."
Sr. Manager, Mission Critical Facilities
The Walt Disney Company
"I'm particularly fond of CMCO since we invested quite a bit of labor hours into the development of not only the content for the training curriculum, but also the testing."
Senior Vice President
T5 Data Centers
"CMCO is one thing that's in annual employee reviews and we say 'go out and get this.' We give them the time, money and resources to do it."