The History of SMRP

In 1992, practitioners from 18 companies, including HSB Reliability Technologies and Applied Technology Publications, formed the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) in an effort to advance the reliability and physical asset management industry and promote leaders in the field.

The following year, the society organized the first SMRP Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., bringing together professionals to network, exchange ideas and learn about the latest tools and technologies. In 1997, it began developing a certification to test the knowledge of practitioners and serve as benchmark for maintenance and reliability best practices. Just three years later, the first CMRP exam was administered at the Annual Conference in Cleveland, laying the groundwork for the certification process.

At SMRP’s ten-year anniversary, the organization boasted more than 1,000 members. SMRP continued to grow over the past decade and established itself as the premier resource in maintenance and reliability. In 2004, it formed the Body of Knowledge (BoK) Directorate – a group dedicated to maintaining a robust library of information and tools on maintenance and reliability.

SMRP now has 4,000 members worldwide and has certified 4,000 practitioners as either Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (CMRP) or Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technicians (CMRT).  With local chapters around the U.S. and hundreds of members worldwide, SMRP strives to connect practitioners and build lasting business relationships.

To join SMRP and take part in this exciting period of growth and expansion, contact Marella Bivins at mbivins@smrp.org.

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