Manufacturing Skill Standards Council-901 N Washington St. Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314


2017 Standards


In 1997, MSSC won a national competition under the National Skill Standards Act to serve as the industry-led non-profit responsible for developing the national industry standards for front-line production work (entry-level up to first-line supervisory) in advanced manufacturing.¬† Those ‚ÄúProduction Standards‚ÄĚ are the substantive foundation for the nationwide MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) training and credentialing program. ¬†

In 2007, MSSC won a further federal grant to develop analogous industry-led standards, called ‚ÄúLogistics Standards,‚ÄĚ for front-line work in material handling and distribution.¬† Those standards provided the substantive foundation for the nationwide MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) training and credentialing program.¬†¬† MSSC reviews both sets of standards annually to ensure that they are keeping pace with technological change.¬†

MSSC Standards are organized around critical work function modules.  In the Production Standards, those modules are Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, Maintenance Awareness, and Green Production.  In the Logistics Standards, those modules are Foundational-Level and Mid-Level Technical.

Each set of standards is then organized under two headings broadly applicable to the entire sector:

Work Standards:  Key Activities and Related Performance Indicators.  These define the work the individual needs to perform to meet each industry-defined standard.

Technician Standards:  Basic Technical Core Competencies.  These define the knowledge and skills needed to perform the work listed in the Work Standards.

To download the full 22-page Production Standards and/or 11-page Logistics Standards, please follow this link. Once you fill out the form a MSSC staff member will e-mail you the Standards within 24 hours.