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Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician Certification

CPT Program Modules

March 10-25, 2014

Quality Practices & Measurement
March 26 - April 11, 2014

Manufacturing Process & Production
April 14-29, 2014

Maintenance Awareness
April 30 - May 16, 2014

Green Production
May 19-27, 2014

Program Overview

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certificate Online Course

This industry-recognized, nationally portable credential is preparing individuals to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing. The course includes four modules and is completed over 8 weeks of integrated instruction. The MSSC Certified Production Technician Certificate is awarded to individuals who pass all four production assessments in the modular areas.

Benefits of the MSSC Certified Production Technician

Whether you are an incumbent worker, a career changer, new to the workforce or a student, MSSC credentials will help you document your skills with a national certificate recognized by industry. MSSC is the only national certifying body in manufacturing and logistics whose Certified Production Technicians have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under ISO 17024. The Certified Production Technician credential demonstrates to employers that you are serious about employment and that you have developed your skills in their industry.

Additional benefits to students and workers include

  • Offers the only nationally portable, industry recognized skill certifications for front-line production workers (entry-level through first line of supervision) in all sectors of manufacturing and front-line material handling workers throughout supply chain logistics
  • Improves career advancement opportunities and earnings by obtaining high-performance skills through MSSC training
  • Improves job security through documented certification of proven skill sets
  • Credentials foundational skills and core competencies needed to be an easily trainable, flexible worker able to keep pace with technological changes.
  • Has the potential to improve prospects for hiring, advancement and benefits

What People are Saying about Certified Production Technician (CPT) Training:

  • "It was beneficial for my Supervisors and they all gained from the experience. (We) have a few (more) Supervisors ... interested in this upcoming session."

    -Mark S., Huhtamaki

Four Critical Production Functions Modules and Green Production

1. Safety

2. Quality Practices & Measurement

3. Manufacturing Process & Production

4. Maintenance Awareness

* Green Production

The four critical production function modules and their related key activities are described here with the addition of the green production module.


Individuals demonstrate their understanding of the core skills and knowledge though five assessments based upon MSSC's industry-defined, nationally validated skill standards. Delivered online, each assessment contains about 80-90 multiple-choice questions (paper versions are available in special circumstances).  Individuals are allowed 90 minutes to complete each assessment.  MSSC provides assessment scores as soon as the individual completes an assessment showing whether an individual met the “cut” scores for passing.  This immediate feedback includes a diagnostic report for the individual showing how he or she scored on the key work activities.  This information is intended for self-improvement and is provided to all test-takers whether they pass or not.

General Policies

  • If assessments are not passed on the first attempt the individual must wait 15 calendar days before retaking the assessment.  If the individual does not pass a second time, he or she must wait another 15 calendar days.  If the individual does not pass the third time, he or she must wait 60 calendar days before taking the assessment again.
  • There are no discounts for assessment retakes.
  • Individuals must pass all four CPTAE required assessments within two years in order to achieve the full-CPT certification. 
  • MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at a 9th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

For more information about MSSC's policies on certification, please see MSSC Certification Policies page. 

Certificates and Full Certification

For each assessment passed, individuals earn:

  • Certificate
  • Key Work Activities document to share with employers

For individuals who pass the first four assessments, they will earn:

  • Diploma-style full certification document
  • Certification document bears the CPT logo, NAM logo (NAM-endorsed Skills Certification) and ANSI logo with ISO 17024 reference
  • Key Work Activities document to share with employers


Steven Maloney, Director of Training and Workforce Development at MACNY

Steven Maloney is the Director of Training and Workforce Development for MACNY, The Manufacturers Association.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Onondaga Community College.  He has over 15 years’ experience within the manufacturing sector holding management positions within Quality and Continuous Improvement. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and he has extensive experience conducting Leadership, Teamwork, Quality, Lean, and Environmental Compliance training. He is qualified as a Situational Leadership® II instructor through The Ken Blanchard Companies, and as a Crucial Conversations® instructor through VitalSmarts.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from SUNY-ESF, and he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from LeMoyne College.  His experience includes consulting and training for many businesses in Upstate New York including Inficon, SRCTec, G.A. Braun, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Marquardt Switches, Welch Allyn, OCWA, Anoplate, Empower FCU, and Dielectric Laboratories. He received the Central New York 40 Under FORTY award for his business accomplishments, community involvement, and leadership role in Central New York. 

Course Schedule

The training and certification will be provided by MACNY (The Manufacturers Association of Central New York).  The training is a blended learning format – predominantly online with instructor-led webinars.  Assessments will be conducted at local, certified testing centers.

Each Critical Production Function Module program will be conducted over a 2 week period according to the following schedule:

  • Mondays: Facilitated Webinar – 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. (Mandatory viewing during live session or at a later time in archival format)
  • Wednesdays: Facilitated Webinar – 1:30 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. (Mandatory viewing during live session or at a later time in archival format)
  • Friday Afternoon at the end of each Module: Module Assessment at local, certified testing centers (by appointment)

Testing can only be conducted at certified testing centers – a full map of centers is available at HERE


Please choose one of the three registration options below to be taken to the MACNY registration page.

  • Green Production Module = FREE! (note that this module covers greening of the production process, not the production of green products.)
    • Click HERE to register.
  • Full Certified Production Technician (Four Critical Production Functions Modules) + Green Production Module = $354
    • Click HERE to register.

Each student will receive the following:

  • Registration to the CPT program
  • Access to all four e-learning modules
  • Access to all four online assessments at MSSC designated testing sites
  • Textbook

Contact Information

Steve Maloney
The Manufacturers Association

Howie Hollander
SUNY-ESF Outreach


Deb Sindone
The Manufacturers Association

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