Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Production Technician

Rhodes State College is offering a special eight-week Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Certified Production Technician (CPT) Program for high school students interested in an Ohio In-demand Manufacturing Career. This summer program provides high school students with an alternative pathway to graduation. Students will earn four college credits and a 12-point industry-recognized credential toward graduation.

The MSSC/CPT certification includes four assessment areas including Safety, Quality, Manufacturing Process, and Maintenance Awareness. The CPT training is an industry credentialed program that allows recipients to jumpstart their manufacturing careers. Classes begin June 2 and will run through the end of July. Class sessions will be held three days a week from 8:30-11:30 a.m. through instructor-led online delivery. At the end of each session there is a Certification Assessment.

“The MSSC-CPT is one of the industry-recognized credentials approved by the Ohio Department of Education as an alternative pathway toward a high school diploma. Students who earn the MSSC-CPT and earn the required score on WorkKeys (a work-readiness test) qualify for graduation points,” said Kitt Horn, Dean of K-12 Partnerships at Rhodes.

Rhodes State has 25 Tuition Scholarships, valued at $720.76 each, available to distribute on a first-come, first-served basis. Students interested in participating in this summer program must register through their High School Guidance Counselor or if they are new to Rhodes, they will also need to apply online to the College. Parents of students and/or students interested can contact Kitt Horn at (419) 995-8430 or at

Program Details:


  • Safety: earn safe conditions for equipment operation OSHA Standards (Summer Class Dates: June 2, 3, 4, 9,10, 11, 12 – assessment day / 8:30 – 11:30 AM)
  • Quality & Measurement: Learn proper processes, audits, inspections and data measurements (Summer Class Dates: June 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26 – assessment day / 8:30 – 11:30 AM)
  • Manufacturing Processes and Production: 10 Step process from start to finish (Summer Class Dates: June 30, July 1, July 2, July 7, July 8, July 9, 10 – assessment day / 8:30 – 11:30 AM)
  • Maintenance Awareness: Learn monitoring practices, preventative maintenance and routine repair (Summer Class Dates: July 14, 15, 16, July 21, 22, 23, July 24 – assessment day / 8:30 – 11;30 AM)
  • Last week of July: remedial time and retake assessment testing that students did not pass

Program Cost:

  • $720.76 – Tuition Scholarship available to first 25 High School Students to register.
  • Assessment Fee $60. There are 4 Assessment fees. The State of Ohio will pay for (1) Assessment fee – final cost to student: $240.


High School Students should register through their Guidance Counselor

MSSC CPT Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MSSC CPT Certification Program?

Students who earn the Certified Production Technician (CPT)® certification program demonstrate proficiency of the core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level to front-line supervisor) by successfully completing the certification’s assessments.

The goal of the CPT program is to provide a certification to individuals interested in entering manufacturing, or for individuals pursuing higher-wage jobs. The CPT program consists of four individual certificate assessments:

  • Safety
  • Quality Practices & Measurement
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production
  • Maintenance Awareness

What do the MSSC-CPT assessments consist of?

Each assessment contains 85-90 multiple-choice questions. MSSC strongly recommends that individuals be at a 9th-grade math and 10th-grade reading level.

Why should my son/daughter take the MSSC-CPT course?

The MSSC-CPT is one of the industry-recognized credentials approved by the Ohio Department of Education as an alternative pathway toward a high school diploma. Students who earn the MSSC-CPT and earn the required score on WorkKeys (a work-readiness test) qualify for graduation points. (The state of Ohio pays for one WorkKeys test.) In addition to earning four hours of college credit, you can earn 12 points toward your high school diploma in only 8 weeks!

Results from a recent study indicated that students who pass even only two of the four MSSC-CPT assessments (Safety and Quality) tend to earn higher wages.

Students earn certificates by achieving passing scores in each of the four assessments. If the student passes all four modules, they earn the nationally-recognized MSSC-CPT certification. This is an impressive credential for a high school student’s portfolio.

How is this class being offered? How is this different from an on-campus course?

This will be a live, instructor-led online course that gives students the convenience of participating in the course in real time with the instructor, enabling students to ask questions and seek information to enhance their chances of succeeding in this course. This format enables students to take the course from the convenience of their home, eliminating travel time. Each student will have his/her online account with all of the materials for the course. This enables them to review the lessons outside of the assigned class time. In addition, a counselor will be available to assist students in navigating and successfully completing the course.

What happens if my son/daughter does not pass any of the MSSC-CPT assessments on the first try?

All four assessments must be passed to receive the MSSC CPT credential. If a student does not pass an assessment, they may retake the assessments as many times as it takes to earn the MSSC-CPT credential, subject to the $60/assessment fee each time.

What are the minimum passing scores for each MSSC-CPT assessment?

  • Safety – 75.5%
  • Quality Practices & Measurement – 74.5%
  • Manufacturing Processes & Production – 73.5%
  • Maintenance Awareness – 72.5%

What happens if a student misses a class due to a prior commitment?

Students are expected to attend every session, however, other personal commitments occur. As an RSC student, each student will have a unique Rhodes State College ID which will provide them access to Canvas. In Canvas, they will have access to all course materials including PowerPoints, videos, exercises, mock quizzes and other supplemental materials that they can review in the event they miss a class.