Manufacturing Certified Production Technician


Recognized Skill Standards
July 19, 2011

These national skill standards were developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). The MSSC is a national industry group that is highly recognized by its constituent industry. It employs two volunteer National Expert Panels, which include subject matter experts representing all sectors of manufacturing, educators, and a broad cross-section of national and international companies. The panels review the skill standards annually to ensure that they are up to date with current industry practices and new technology.

The previously recognized manufacturing skill standards, which featured six discrete specialty areas, were consolidated into four critical work function modules in the Certified Production Technician (CPT) skill standards: safety; quality practices & measurement; manufacturing production & processes; and maintenance awareness.  The consolidation eliminates a high level of internal duplication that existed in the original set of skill standards recognized in 2006.

The MSSC modeled its CPT assessment and credentialing process on the newly consolidated skill standards.  A certificate is issued by the MSSC to individuals who pass the rigorous national assessment for each module, and a full CPT certification credential is granted to individuals who pass all four.

Importance to Texas
The manufacturing industry is a strong employer in the state.  Texas Workforce Commission data projects employment figures for manufacturing supervisors and managers alone to be approximately 54,000, and projects employment to remain level through 2018.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that Texas production employees on manufacturing payrolls earn an average of $635 per week.

The MSSC skill standards were originally recognized on July 17, 2001 at the request of Schlumberger Company in Houston. The recognition of the MSSC skill standards was extended on October 24, 2006. On July 19, 2011, the Certified Production Technician skill standards were recognized.