Skills Certification

Building Manufacturing Skills


A skilled, educated workforce is critical to the success of all organizations—and often difficult to acquire. At CCAT, we support the development of competency-based education and training for the manufacturing workforce resulting in industry-recognized credentials.

The credentials are aligned to secondary and postsecondary programs of study, giving students basic education along with the industry-relevant training they need for entry-level employment, advancement, or to pursue a degree. We provide educational institutions and workforce development partners support as an authorized testing facility. 

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

The ACT NCRC is the baseline credential of stackable credentials endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers. The assessments leading to the certification validate certain academic and employability skills related to jobs in manufacturing.  Three ACT assessments that make up the NCRC are: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. 

The ACT NCRC is awarded at four levels of proficiency, based on the scores achieved on the component assessments. 

  • Platinum = scores of Level 6 or higher on all three exams.
  • Gold = scores of Level 5 or higher on all three exams.
  • Silver = scores of Level 4 or higher on all three exams.
  • Bronze = scores of Level 3 or higher on all three exams.

Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) – Certified Production Technician (CPT)  and Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) – Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

MSSC is an industry-led, standards-based training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by production and supply chain logistics workers.  MSSC offers certificates at both the foundational and mid-level. With its focus on core competencies, MSSC’s certifications apply to front-line production and material handling jobs in all sectors of manufacturing and logistics.

In spring 2015 MSSC and ACT announced a formal collaboration to accelerate the use of stackable credentials from their two organizations.  The ACT NCRC helps ensure that individuals have the academic and employability skills needed to enter a demanding MSSC advanced manufacturing (CPT) and/or advanced material handling (CLT) certification program.

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Contact us today for more information about skills certification and our Manufacturing Careers programs.

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