CPT is delivered and customized locally through 1,500 MSSC Centers with a network of over 2,300 Authorized Instructors at colleges, secondary schools, and other convenient locations.

  • Available nationwide

  • Nationally accredited

  • Federally recognized

  • Always up to date

  • Time and cost-effective for students

  • Articulates between high schools and colleges

  • Easily integrated into apprenticeships and internships

  • Customizable at the community level

  • Improved employee performance and retention

  • Reduces recruitment and training cost


Certified Production Technician

CPT is a nationally portable, industry-led program that prepares and certifies individuals for career pathways in advanced manufacturing. This online training program delivers the 21st Century, in-demand skills that today's employers need for over 6 million frontline production jobs.

CPT Plus certification provides employers further proof of an individuals skill set be requiring successful demonstration of hands-on skills in electronic, electrical, fluid power, and mechanical systems

Skill Boss provides the tool you need to teach or evaluate an individual's skills as they install, adjust, and troubleshoot components on this fulls functional mechatronics system, applicable to both discrete parts and process manufacturing.


New Performance Based Assessment and

Hands-on Training Device

CPT+ - The Skill Boss



MSSC's full Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification consists of 5 stackable credentials: Safety & Employability, Manufacturing Process & Production, Quality Practices & Measurement, Maintenance Awareness, and Green Production. The CPT Plus certification compliments the full CPT credential by providing employees with proof that an individual has the comprehensive technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to be qualified production technicians.

Safety & Employability

  • Production Teams

  • Training and Leadership

  • Safety Organization

  • Personal Protective Equipment

  • Fire and Electrical Safety

  • Work Area Safety

  • Hazardous Material Safety

  • Tool and Machine Safety

  • Material Handling Safety

Quality Practices

and Measurement

  • Multi-view Drawings

  • Assembly Drawings and Fasteners

  • Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

  • Basic Measurement

  • Precision Measurement Tools

  • Dimensional Gauging

  • Quality Systems

  • Introduction to SPC

  • Control Charts

  • Continuous Improvement


Process & Production

  • Mechanical Principles

  • Mechanical Linkages

  • Gear Drives

  • Machining Processes

  • Machine Tooling

  • Machine Operations

  • Equipment Procedures

  • Production Planning and Workflow

  • Production Control

Maintenance Awareness

  • Welding

  • Basic Electrical Circuits

  • Electrical Measurements & Power

  • Pneumatic Power Systems

  • Basic Pneumatic Circuits

  • Principles of Pressure and Flow

  • Lubrication Concepts

  • Bearings and Couplings

  • Belt & Chain Drives

  • Machine Control Concepts, Automation, & Operation Modes

  • Electrical Motor Control

Green Production

Certification in the use of equipment, technologies, and processes that will improve the environmental performance of manufacturing companies.

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The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), an industry-led 501 ©(3) non-profit, is America's leader in training and certifying foundational technical competencies for front-line workers for in-demand, higher wage, higher skills jobs in advanced manufacturing and logistics. Workers with MSSC certifications are qualified for 11.3 million jobs in front-line production, material handling, and distribution. 84% of executives surveyed agreed there is a talent shortage in U.S. manufacturing.

MSSC is helping industry close the gap as they prepare to




84% of executives surveyed agree there is a talent shortage in U.S. manufacturing: MSSC is strategically positioned to help industry resolve this shortage.

  • Hands on training and testing device options

  • High employer ROI

  • Employability skills

  • Delivered and customized locally

  • Timely and cost effective for students

  • Articulates well between high school and colleges

  • Integrated into apprenticeships and internships

  • Secures pipeline of certified production and logistics technicians



MSSC Certifications enable students to build lucrative career pathways in manufacturing and supply chain. Immediate benefits include:

  • Higher Wages

  • Improved Job Placement Rates

  • Increased Confidence


The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute conducted a survey of manufacturers the have hired CPT graduates since 2014 to measure overall satisfaction.

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"What I learned through MSSC was phenomenal. It definitely changed how I look at manufacturing equipment. I went from being an on/off call maintenance operator, to becoming a skilled, knowledgeable, troubleshooting technician." - Bob, Employee - Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

"We've been able to attract some of the most talented folks in the states to complete the CPT certification program and the feedback from employers has been outstanding." - Michael B. Keogh

Business & Community Outreach Manager - Community College of Vermont.MSSC Center

"My training experts at Harley have high regard for the MSSC. We have already put more than 150 of our workers through MSSC assessments and are using those results to guide our training priorities. We offer tuition reimbursement for MSSC courses and take MSSC certification into account in hiring decisions." - James McCaslin Vice President - Harley-Davidson Motor Company, WI