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


Our Organization

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 technicians. 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 technicians 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). 

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

The CLT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, front-line material handling and distribution technicians 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.

Accredited Under ISO Standard

MSSC is accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS), which is recognized as a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement Signatory by the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation for accreditation to ISO 17024.

This makes MSSC the only national certification body accredited under this globally respected international standard for both manufacturing and logistics. This is a welcome recognition of the quality and long-standing leadership of MSSC in the field of industry-recognized national certification. The accreditation under ISO Standard 17024 has been a major boost to MSSC’s ability to serve the closely-linked manufacturing and logistics industries.

“20/20” Vision

MSSC’s vision is to credential 20% of the nation’s front-line manufacturing production and material handling technicians in 20 years, or 3 million technicians by 2030.

For both manufacturing production and logistics, MSSC offers industry a new set of tools to ensure that both entering and incumbent technicians are flexible, easily trainable and highly motivated knowledge technicians 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 technicians 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, MSSC 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.