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CPT+ Skill Boss


Built upon MSSC’s well-established Certified Production Technician (CPT) ¬ģ, the CPT+ Skill Boss program is designed to prepare certificants with the next generation skills to work in a computer-driven, data-intensive advanced manufacturing workplace.

The centerpiece of this new program is a transformational training device, invented by¬†Amatrol, that enables MSSC¬ģ to offer hands-on training and assessment as an enhancement to its signature CPT training and certification system.¬† “Skill Boss” is a computer-controlled machine that performs a wide variety of functions aligned with 55+ skills drawn from the MSSC’s National Production Standards.¬†¬†

As shown in the¬†Skill Boss Brochure, the “Skill Boss” device is portable, compact, and “classroom friendly.” Together with its associated programmable logic controller (PLC), Skill Boss fits comfortably on a standard 3’x 6′ table. It is strongly built with industrial grade components to withstand heavy use. Additionally, it is designed to cover many of the core technical competencies related to advanced manufacturing discrete parts and process manufacturing.¬†

Colorful and multifaceted, Skill Boss will be more fun than a robot for many students and will encourage them to enter a career pathway in advanced manufacturing. Cost-effective, Skill Boss will enable many more schools, including most high schools, who cannot afford a costly lab or tech center, to offer hands-on CPT training and testing. Watch the video below to see the Skill Boss functions!

“As an instructor, having Skill Boss will provide me with a functional hands-on teaching and testing tool that will allow my students to learn and demonstrate the valuable skills and concepts of the MSSC CPT program.”¬†

-Victor Burgos, Master Trainer, MSSC

Skill Boss Value Add:

  • Allows for documentation of 55+ “Hands-on” Skills from MSSC National Standards
  • Affordable for lower rural and urban income regions
  • Trains and assesses hands-on skills for all sectors of manufacturing
  • Increases employer confidence in their workforce and apprenticeship investment by requiring evidence of hands on skills
  • Strong training and assessment tool also for incumbent workers
  • Interactive with CPT virtual 3-D simulation learning
  • Offers students and technicians a robust introduction to mechatronics
  • Increases incentive to earn the full CPT
  • Appeals to tactile learners through dynamic learning experience

Relationship with Current CPT Program, Instructors, and Fees:

The current MSSC CPT Program remains in full force as a highly successful program for training and certifying individuals with the core technical competencies needed to enter front-line production jobs in all manufacturing sectors. There is no requirement that education and training institutions offering CPT will need to purchase a Skill Boss trainer. 

Nor will there be any change in the credentialing documentation that MSSC provides for successful completion of CPT Modules. CPT+ is a “stackable” credential.¬† Individuals seeking a CPT+ credential must pass the current multiple-choice assessments for all four CPT Modules: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes & Production, and Maintenance Awareness.

CPT+ Credentialing:

MSSC CPT+ Skill Boss trained Instructors will issue a “MSSC Transcript” to students who satisfactorily complete hands-on training for each of the four CPT Modules. MSSC also offers the 4 individual hands-on assessments candidates need to pass to earn the Full CPT+ Certification. ¬†

Delivery Expectations of CPT+ Instructor Training and Assessment:

Only MSSC Training Solution Providers are authorized to sell the Skill Boss training device and will be responsible for demonstrating Skill Boss to CPT Instructors, for invoicing and collections, and for customer service questions related to Skill Boss. Assessment related questions and orders will be done through the MSSC Headquarter office.

MSSC strongly encourages its interested community members currently and/or previously offering CPT, to order the new CPT+ Skill Boss Assessment device.  Please contact your local MSSC Training Solution Provider for more information on placing your order. For more information about CPT+ Instructor Training follow this link.