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Certified Production Technician 4.0

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MSSC’s Certified Production Technician Training Course

MSSC® delivers its Certified Production Technician (CPT) ® 4.0 courses through well-established training organizations. These courses are designed to align with MSSC Standards and to help individuals enhance their foundational, core technical knowledge and skills for production work from entry-level to front-line supervisory level.

These courses are built upon MSSC’s e-learning which includes modular courses for:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Process & Production 
  • Maintenance Awareness
  • Green Production

The online, computer-based Certified Production Technician training covers the fundamental and technical skills while providing students and incumbent workers with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare them for an advanced, high-performance manufacturing environment. MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at a 9th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level before taking our courses. 

  • Certified Production Technician Course Design:
    • 35-40 hours, 3-credit equivalent
    • One course for each of the five CPT 4.0 modules
    • Can be given in a blended environment with classroom instruction by an instructor or in a fully online format with an online instructor
    • Recommended primarily for individuals studying in the framework of academic semesters or school years, dislocated workers, or career changers
    • Equips individuals with the skills and information to successfully earn their CPT 4.0 certification

Our Certified Production Technician Training Program

MSSC has partnered with Amatrol, an independent training provider, to develop online interactive lessons for the CPT 4.0 training program. Currently there are 96 online lessons, with each module requiring about 40 hours to complete. 

These online units are carefully aligned with MSSC Standards to help prepare students with a knowledge and understanding of its four Critical Work Functions: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Production & Processes and Maintenance Awareness. The specific features and benefits of the online certified production technician training program include:

  • Increases computer skills
  • Develops machine operation skills through computer-based simulations
  • Increases access through online delivery accessible anywhere there is an internet connection
  • Provides individualized instruction capability
  • Enables greater training capacity through virtual delivery options

Follow this link for an IT checklist for the CPT 4.0 online e-learning courses.

To offer the CPT 4.0 courses to your students or incumbent workers it is required to have a staff member serve as an MSSC CPT 4.0 Authorized Instructor. To place orders for CPT 4.0 Authorized Instructor Training and Online Training Courses, please contact your specific MSSC Training Solutions Provider in your state. Follow this link for more information about our Training Solution Providers.

Become a Certified Production Technician

MSSC’s online CPT training course is designed to help students and incumbent workers who want to become a Certified Production Technician (CPT)® prepare for the certification assessments. Learn more about how to receive a CPT Certification here!

With an MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) ® 4.0, individuals will have the tools to enter career pathways in the high-skill, high-wage, in-demand advanced manufacturing industry.

Aligning our Program with Industry 4.0

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

As of 2021, these Industry 4.0 technologies are fully integrated into the CPT program.  MSSC manufacturing certificates and certifications issued 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.

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NOTE: MSSC Courses were developed in strict adherence to the industry-recognized, nationally validated standards upon which the Certified Production Technician (CPT) 4.0 is based. These Courses, developed and delivered by Amatrol, have a proven track record of success in teaching the knowledge and skills identified in the national standards. MSSC Courses are highly interactive and utilize state-of-the-art, computer-based, simulation e-learning technologies and are delivered by MSSC-Authorized Instructors.  MSSC does not authorize, review or endorse any other courses or curricula, and MSSC does not accept responsibility for the quality or effectiveness of courses other than MSSC Courses. MSSC does not require that individuals take MSSC Courses or any other MSSC-related courses before taking an MSSC Assessment. 

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