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)
The CPT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. MSSC awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its Production Modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; Maintenance Awareness; and Green Production and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four original modules (NOTE: At this time, Green is not a requirement for full CPT certification). Following accreditation by the American National Standards Institute in December 2011, under ISO Standard 17024, the MSSC initiated a new CPT with an “AE” designation which stands for “ANSI Edition.”
Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)
The CLT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, front-line material handling and distribution workers in all supply chain facilities: from factories to warehouses, distribution centers and transporters. MSSC awards the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate and the mid-level Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification. CLA is a prerequisite for CLT. Following accreditation by the American National Standards Institute in December 2011, under ISO Standard 17024, the MSSC initiated a new CLT with an “AE” designation which stands for “ANSI Edition.”
On December 13, 2011, The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the U.S.. arm of the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), formally accredited both CPTAE and CLTAE under ANSI/ISO standard 17024. This makes MSSC the first national certification body accredited under this international standard for manufacturing and logistics. This is a welcome further recognition of the quality and long-standing leadership of MSSC in the field of industry-recognized national certification. Much work remains to be done to enable MSSC to credential the bulk of the front-line industrial workforce. The recent addition of ANSI accreditation under ISO Standard 17024 will be a major boost to MSSC's ability to serve the closely-linked manufacturing and logistics economies.
MSSC's vision is to credential 20% of the nation’s front-line manufacturing production and material handling workers in 20 years, or 3 million workers by 2030.
For both manufacturing production and logistics, MSSC offers industry a new set of tools to ensure that both entering and incumbent workers are flexible, easily trainable and highly motivated knowledge workers able to keep pace with technological change – the “Industrial Athlete of the Future.” The CPT and CLT Certifications set the quality standard for front-line workers in our nation’s factories, distribution centers, warehouses, and transportation hubs.
We have developed, validated, piloted and deployed all the tools of a comprehensive system for both CPT and CLT Certifications: annually updated standards, courses, computer-based training materials, textbooks, instructor training, assessment center training, a national registry, assessments, credentials and diagnostic tools for employers. Companies may use these tools themselves or work through their local community colleges, high schools or other training providers.