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MSSC Certifications 2017-07-28T15:44:24+00:00

The Alabama Community College System is preparing and certifying a world-class workforce!

Today’s manufacturing features streamlined production lines, robotics, and computer controlled processes requiring highly developed skills in problem solving, computer and technical training, math skills, and the ability to work in a team environment. These are skills beyond the reading and writing of a standard high school degree.

The National Skills Coalition has estimated that middle-skill jobs in computer technology, health care, construction, high-skill manufacturing and other fields, account for 54 percent of the labor market, but only 44 percent of workers are sufficiently trained.

Morgan Brennan, CNBC Manufacturing, April 2017

Missing Skills of Typical New Hires

Deloitte 2015 – The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing

“Manufacturing jobs are here and growing in numbers, but you can’t just show up at a plant after high school and get hired any longer. You need some specialized training and certifications.”

Chauncy Lennon, JPMorgan Chase, to Bloomberg Businessweek


Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce

Credentials Equal High Return on Investment

Earnings are not just a function of postsecondary attainment.

National Educational Longitudinal Study 2000.

MSSC Certifications

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is the nation’s leading industry-led training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s frontline production and material handling workers.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certificates are awarded in Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness and Green Production.

The Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, frontline material handling workers in all supply chain facilities: in factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transportation companies.

CPT and CLT are both accredited under ANSI-ISO 17024 (Personnel Certification). In the U.S., the CPT certification meets the standards of 6 million front-line production jobs, and the CLT certification meets the standards of 5.8 million front-line material handling and distribution jobs.

Certification Training Options

Summer Boot Camp

4 to 6 week boot camp style intensive training that gives the student a full CPT certificate. Great for students that want to have that extra help before starting to look for their first real job.

Dual-Enrollment

regular school year. Begin in the 11th grade and have the full certificate by High School Graduation. The certificate travels with them whether they start a job or continue their education. Great for the student that wants to start working immediately after graduation.

2-Year Degree

Incorporate the CPT program into a 2-year program, so that the certifications begin to build up each course you take. Great for the student that has decided that they want to pursue manufacturing or production careers.

4-Year Degree At A University

The certificates still stay with the student as he reaches for a degree. Helps with better options for part-time work while still in school. And it’s amazing how helpful it is to have floor level knowledge when you tackle that management job.

More information on Dream It. Do It. and the MSSC certification program

A Toolkit for Educators and Workforce Professionals on Manufacturing Certi cations

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The Alabama Community College System brochure on the MSSC’s Certified Production Technician certification.

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Information on how corporations are utilizing the MSSC certifications to improve their workforce.

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Information on the organizations that recognize the MSSC certifications in the United States and worldwide.

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