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Certified Production Technician

Certified Production Technician

The Certified Production Technician certificate program is a national program provided by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC). This nationally recognized certificate is based on industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards.

The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPTAE) program is to recognize through certification individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CPTAE certification program is to raise the level of performance of production workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.

The CPTAE program consists of four individual certificate modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness.

Jobs & Employment

There is a demand for Production Technicians in almost every sector of manufacturing from food to airplanes. Choose an industry for which you have an interest (i.e. baseball and the manufacturing of baseball bats and/or baseballs) and most likely you will find a manufacturing company that produces products for which you have an interest. With the Certified Production Technician designation, you improve your opportunities for employment and promotion.

MSSC certifications validate the core competencies of new-hires and can also be used to improve and sharpen the skills of existing employees to meet the changing demands of new technologies, new processes and the global market.


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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog


  • Quarter 1: 12 Credits
  • CPT 101Safety in Manufacturing Production3 credits

    It is important to be safe while you work. This course provides you with an overview of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration General Industry training topics. The course is intended to provide entry level general industry workers a broad awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards in a general industrial setting. The training covers a variety of safety and health hazards which workers may encounter at a general industry site.

  • CPT 102Quality Practices and Measurements3 credits

    In order to meet a customer’s needs, quality consistent products must be produced. This is accomplished through the knowledge of the equipment operator. Each machine operator determines both the quality and quantity of production from his/her equipment. In this course you will learn basic Quality Practices and Measurements that will enable you to produce high quality products.

    CPT 101, Safety in Manufacturing Production
  • CPT 103Manufacturing Processes and Production3 credits

    At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to identify the job skills necessary to have a successful career. Topics include listening skills, oral communication, human relations, decision making/problem solving, how to work as a team, and resource management.

    CPT 101, Safety in Manufacturing Production
  • CPT 104Maintenance Awareness3 credits

    Preventative maintenance and production housekeeping are very important aspects of equipment operations. In this course the student will learn how to monitor production equipment for both routine and preventative maintenance.

    CPT 101, Safety in Manufacturing Production

Program Entry Information

The four Certified Production Technician (CPT) courses are online courses offered each quarter.

Placement into Program

  • To attain the full CPT certification, students must pass each of the four course final assessments. The cost of the course final assessments is included in the course registration fees. If a student doesn’t pass a final assessment on the first try, they may re-take the final assessments after 15 calendar days for an additional $60 fee.
  • Course assessments must be proctored by an approved testing facility. At BTC, the Testing Center is in Building H.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • Accuplacer testing is not required for this certificate.
  • The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) strongly recommends that individuals be at the 9th grade level of math and 10th grade level of English before attempting MSSC courses and assessments.

Program Application/Forms

  • Students may enroll in this certificate program without program application or admission.

Program Outcomes

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) credentialing system leading to a CPT covers the four critical production functions common to all sectors of manufacturing: Safety, Quality & Continuous Improvement, Manufacturing Processes &Production, and Maintenance Awareness. Each area is addressed with a separate assessment. An individual can earn a Certificate if they pass one or more assessments. However, they must pass all four assessments to earn the full CPT certification.

CPT is the only certification in manufacturing which has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute under ISO standard 17024. The CPTAE credential sets the gold standard in our nation’s factories. Benefits include:

  • A new ISO standard in certification companies can use as a common practice throughout their global operations and supply chains
  • Prepares job candidates with industry-recognized credentials