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Certified Production Technician (CPT) 4.0

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IMPORTANT UPDATE- Based on extensive research with leading industry subject matter experts, MSSC has selected a list of nine rapidly emerging, data-intensive, “Industry 4.0” technologies that will profoundly influence manufacturing production processes and quality control. MSSC has embedded these technologies in its 2020 “Industry 4.0” Edition of its National Production Standards. These technologies include:

  • 5G
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)
  • Additive (3D) Manufacturing
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Augmented Reality
  • Data Analytics
  • Nanomanufacturing
  • Advanced Materials

What does this mean for the MSSC Community? Starting June 1, 2020, these “4.0” technologies will be fully integrated into CPT curriculum, instructor training and assessments. ¬†MSSC manufacturing certificates and certifications issued after that date will be re-labelled “CPT 4.0.” MSSC’s goal is to provide CPT 4.0 technicians with a foundational understanding of these technologies on which to build as their companies use them in various ways on the factory floor.

For more information, see our CPT 4.0 Flyer and our latest MSSC Community Alert!


The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) ¬ģ 4.0 certification program is to recognize through certification, individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the entry-level to front-line supervisor through successful completion of the certification assessments.¬† The goal of the CPT 4.0 certification program is to raise the level of performance of production technicians both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company‚Äôs productivity and competitiveness.

The CPT 4.0 program consists of five individual certificate assessments:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness
  • Green Production (Not part of Full CPT Certification)

Candidates must earn the first four certificates to receive the Full CPT 4.0 certification. Download a copy of the CPT 4.0 Key Activities, which are the basis for MSSC National Standards.


Individuals demonstrate their understanding of the core skills and knowledge through five assessments (including the optional Green Production) based upon MSSC’s industry-defined, nationally validated skill standards. Delivered online or paper pencil, this assessment contains 80-101 multiple-choice questions. MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at a 9th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

For more information about MSSC’s policies on certification, please see our Certification Policies page.¬†


MSSC issues credentials for success on individual assessments as well as the Full CPT 4.0 certification. 

Full CPT 4.0 Certification

For individuals who pass the first four assessments (does not include Green), they will earn and be able to:

  • Download or Purchase the Full Certification document that bears the CPT 4.0 logo, NAM logo (NAM-endorsed Skills Certification) with ISO 17024 reference
  • Purchase Large CPT 4.0 Arm Patch
  • Download Key Work Activities document to share with employers