Award: Career Pathway Certificate
The Certified Production Technician (CPT) Career Pathway Certificate program is designed for front-line manufacturing and includes four Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) courses: safety, quality and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness. Together these four courses make-up what industry recognizes as the MSSC-CPT. Each course is a stand-alone certification subject to passing the MSSC exam.
Students will be exposed to manufacturing concepts and actions that produce high quality products, increase productivity, achieve greater customer satisfaction and assure a safe and healthy work environment. Practical cases and examples are investigated and discussed, capitalizing on a blended learning approach including student experience lectures, self-paced study, online labs and individual/group activities.
Candidates are required to attend a Jobs with a Future event prior to starting the certificate program as well as complete the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessment to verify Level 4 competency in math.
This program will be delivered and assessed in the order listed below:
|*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Safety||36 hours|
|*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Quality Practices and Measurement||36 hours|
|*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Manufacturing Processes and Production||36 hours|
|*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) Maintenance Awareness||36 hours|
|Total Hours||144 hours|
Two (2) credits from the Certified Production Technician Career Pathway Certificate are transferable into the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician diploma program, and eight (8) credits are eligible as electives. In order to earn NICC credit for Career Pathway Certificate coursework, students must earn a minimum grade of C-.
*Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system based upon industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards and is the gold standard for front-line industrial training.
It is easy to apply to the Certified Production Technician Career Pathway Certificate program! Simply follow the steps below to complete the application and assessment process.
Step 1: Attend a Jobs with a Future Event
Register to attend a Jobs with a Future event. You will learn about in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing, earning potential and local employment and training options to get started in your career. Some events include networking sessions with industry leaders.
If you plan to enroll in a Career Pathway Certificate, attendance at a Jobs with a Future event is mandatory.
|Session||Date & Time||Location||Call to Register|
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||Feb. 10, 2015
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||Feb. 11, 2015
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||March 3, 2015
|Peosta Campus||563.556.5110, ext. 312|
|Jobs with a Future: Advanced Manufacturing||June 20, 2015
|Town Clock Business Center
|563.557.8271, ext. 380|
Step 2: Application and Assessment
There is no fee to apply, and applications are available at a Jobs with a Future event. Applicants to this program are required to complete an admission assessment, the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC). Assessment is offered at Iowa Workforce Development Offices in Dubuque and Decorah. Please bring your application to the assessment.
Step 3: Interview
Interview with business and project team leaders for acceptance to the Career Pathway Certificate program!
You may qualify to earn a Career Pathway Certificate at no cost if you meet all eligibility requirements.
Graduates of this Career Pathway Certificate program may enter the workforce or transfer credit into the NICC Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist Technician diploma program. Course transfer information is listed in the chart below.
Career Pathway Course
Equivalent Diploma Course
|*MSSC Safety | 36 hours||MFG528 MSSC Safety||2|
|*MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement | 36 hours||MFG126 MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement||2|
|*MSSC Manufacturing Processes and Production | 36 hours||MFG529 MSSC Manufacturing Processes & Production||2|
|*MSSC Maintenance Awareness | 36 hours||MFG527 MSSC Maintenance Awareness||2|
|144 contact hours||128 contact hours||8 total hours
*Passing MSSC Certification exams are required to receive credit.
*Iowa Workforce Development Data