National Credential
Credential: Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE))  GI Bill resource  IAS resource
Credentialing Agency: Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

The Certified ProductionTechnician (CPTAE) assesses and certifies skills of front-line manufacturing production workers. This certification recognizes those who demonstrate mastery of core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line level (entry-level through supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The CPTAE consists of five individual certificate modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; Maintenance Awareness and Green Production. Candidates must earn the first four certificates to receive the full CPTAE certification. MSSC strongly suggests candidates possess at least a 10th grade reading (English) and 9th grade math level.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE))

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 92S Shower and Laundry Specialist MOS some       Proponent FundedFunded  

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE))

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
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Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
901 N Washington St.
Suite 600
Alexandria, VA  22314
Phone: 703-739-9000
Fax: 703-739-9008

Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE))

  • Work in a Safe and Productive Manufacturing Workplace (5%)
  • Perform Safety and Environmental Inspections (11.5%)
  • Peform Emergency Drills and Participate in Emergency Teams (6%)
  • Identify Unsafe Conditions and Take Corrective Action (9%)
  • Provide Safety Orientation for All Employees (11.5%)
  • Train Personnel to Use Equipment Safely (15%)
  • Suggest Processes and Procedures that Support Safety of Work Environment (8%)
  • Fulfill Safety and Health Requirements for Maintenance, Installation, and Repair (13%)
  • Monitor Safe Equipment and Operator Peformance (14%)
  • Utilize Effective, Safety-Enhancing Workplace Practices (7%)
  • Partcipate in Periodic or Statistically Based Internal Quality Audit Activities (11%)
  • Check Calibration of Gages and other Data Collection Equipment (6%)
  • Suggest Continuous Improvements (6%)
  • Inspect Materials and Product/Process at All Stages to Ensure they Meet Specifications (17%)
  • Document the Results of Quality Tests (9%)
  • Communicate Quality Problems (8%)
  • Take Corrective Actions to Restore or Maintain Quality (13%)
  • Record Process Outcomes and Trends (11%)
  • Identfy Fundamentals of Blueprint Reading (9%)
  • Use Common Measurement Systems and Precision Measurement Tools (10%)
  • Identify Customer Needs (10%)
  • Determine Resources Available for Production Process (10%)
  • Set Up Equipment for the Production Process (11.5%)
  • Set Team Production Goals (8%)
  • Make Job Assignments (8%)
  • Make Job Assignments (8%)
  • Coordinate Work Flow with Team Members and Other Work Groups (11.5%)
  • Communicate Production and Material Requirements and Product Specifications (11.5%)
  • Perform and Monitor the Process to Make the Product (9%)
  • Document Product and Process Compliance with Customer Requirements (9%)
  • Prepare Final Product for Shipping or Distribution (11.5%)
  • Perform Preventative Maintenance and Routine Repair (26%)
  • Monitor Indicators to Ensure Correct Operations (16%)
  • Peform all Housekeeping to Maintain Production Schedule (23%)
  • Recognize Potential Maintenance Issues with Basic Production Systems (35%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE)) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE))

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE)) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Individuals must accumulate at least 100 recertification points over the five years since certification to qualify for recertification.

Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE))

Additional considerations for the Certified Production Technician (CPT(AE)) include:

  • MSSC does not have any other specific educational requirements in order to sit for the CPTAE assessment. However, MSSC strongly suggests that candidates possess at least a 10th grade reading (English) and 9th grade math level.
  • MSSC does not require candidates to take a specific course or training program in order to sit for an assessment. However, it has been found that students enrolled in a training program perform better than those who do not. There are many training programs available and many used MSSC’s own Authorized Courses.