Certified Production Technician (CPT) Fast Track (CPT70)

This course provides core knowledge and skills required for frontline manufacturing jobs. Curriculum is provided by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) – a national training, assessment and certification system. Content is based on industry-defined and federally endorsed national standards, and prepares candidates for entry-level to supervisory production roles. The course educates candidates in four production modules: safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

Topics covered include:

  • Identifying unsafe conditions and corrective action to take
  • Effective, safety-enhancing practices
  • Continuous improvement
  • Quality problems and communication
  • Equipment set-up
  • Coordinating work flow
  • Complying with customer requirements
  • Preventive maintenance and routine repair
  • Monitoring indicators
  • Recognizing maintenance issues with basic systems (e.g. electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc.)

Candidates earn the portable CPT certification after passing all four production module exams. The CPT is accredited under the only global certification body for manufacturers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-ISO 17024).

Hours: 70 hours of online education

Learning Outcomes

  • Manufacturing knowledge and skills through four core areas:
    • Safety
    • Quality practices and measurement
    • Manufacturing processes and production
    • Maintenance awareness

Intended Audience

Experienced production workers seeking new skills/credentials


  • Basic computer literacy
  • 9th-grade math and 10th-grade reading levels are highly recommended
  • English as a first language is highly recommended

Course Schedule

Start this self-paced course at the beginning of any month you choose. Payment will be needed two weeks before.



If interested please contact Gary Simon at ggsimon@buffalo.edu or 716.645.8837.