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Corporate Education

SouthArk offers a variety of classes for either non-credit or college credit to provide job skills and safety skills
in the workplace. Training is offered by open enrollment class at SouthArk or by customized contract training
at SouthArk or the job site.


mssc cpt w200The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) credentialing system leading to a Certified Production Technician (CPT) covers the four critical production functions, as defined by MSSC’s industry-led, nationally validated skills standards, common to all sectors of manufacturing. The purpose of the CPT program is to recognize through certification individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of the certification assessments. The goal of the CPT certification program is to raise the level of performance of production workers both to assist the individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and to help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness.

What is CPT?
• A nationally portable, industry-recognized certification that focuses on core competency standards identified by industry subject matter experts.
• Preparation for high-performance, technologically-advanced production jobs.
• Offers hybrid classes for online and classroom training. Finish the program in as little as 8 weeks.
• The only certification for production workers that is ANSI accredited under ISO Standard 17024.

Who should take CPT?
• Individuals who need to find a job with upward mobility.
• Front-line workers who wish to advance their career or move up to the next level.

What will you learn?
• Safety (includes intro to manufacturing and work-readiness skills)
• Quality Practices & Measurement
• Manufacturing Processes & Production
• Maintenance Awareness

Upon completion, students can sit for the CPT credential exam.
Critical Production Functions Covered by MSSC Courses and Assessments (pdf).  
For more information please contact the Corporate Education Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (870) 864-7192.