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About Us

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. MSSC offers two certifications for this workforce: Certified Production Technician (CPT) & Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

Our Services


As the leading certifying body for the nation's front-line manufacturing production and supply chain logistics workers, MSSC's two certification programs allow students and workers to document their knowledge.

E-learning Courses

MSSC offers curriculum for both manufacturing and logistics. Our online Courses offer flexible turn-key solutions for any organization including: high schools, community and technical colleges, universities, employers, workforce investment boards, private training companies and more.

Instructor Training

MSSC requires organizations that wish to offer our courses to attend instructor training or purchase an instructor package.


Since 2012, MSSC has been working with the White House, Department of Defense, Army, Air Force and Marines on several credentialing initiatives for active duty, reserve and guard members. We also partner with several veterans' assistance programs to provide pathways to certification.


Rationale for Making Career Readiness the Top Priority of American Education

To help implement career development as the first goal of American education, the U.S. needs to require all students to have a personalized career pathway plan by Grade 9 assisted by a new cohort of a National Career Development Association (NCDA)-credentialed Career Development Advisor (CDA) in every high school and a NCDA-credentialed Career Development Coordinator (CDC) in every county and state capital.

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Pentagon gift to our industry: A pipeline of MSSC-certified vets

Like other technology – Intensive Sectors of the economy, the transportation, distribution and logistics (TDL) sector is facing a growing shortage of skilled workers. Industry association MHI reports that the supply chain industry will need to fill about 1.4 million new jobs between 2014 and 2018—roughly 270,000 new jobs a year. With an increase in baby boomer retirements and the persistent failure of the nation’s schools to produce a sufficient number of skilled technicians, the well-documented “skills gap” is only widening.

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Widespread Use of MSSC Industry Certifications in Southern Region Discussed at Atlanta Executive Briefing

On June 16, an Executive Briefing, entitled, "Use of Industry Certifications to Begin Career Pathways in Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics in the Southern States," attracted a sold-out audience of some 250 senior representatives of industry and education leaders from the 16-state Southern Region. Co-hosted by the nationwide, industry-led Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) and ACT, Inc., and organized in collaboration with the Southern Governors Association and the Southern Regional Education Board, the meeting showcased examples of MSSC use, often in collaboration with ACT, throughout the Region.

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