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DRMA is working with several partners to stand up short-term manufacturing fundamentals training programs that prepare students and adults for entry-level manufacturing jobs.  Successful students earn the industry-led and nationally validated Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential offered by Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).  The credential is an industry-led training, assessment and certification program focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's front-line production and handling workers.

The CPT includes four modules: Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, Manufacturing Processes and Production, and Maintenance Awareness.  Candidates must earn all four certificates to receive the full CPT credential.  The value of the credential is that it provides a measure of what someone knows and that they have proved to be competent in those areas. It has been a found that a person with the CPT credential is more likely to succeed and much faster to achieve productivity than someone hired without the credential.  While this certification doesn’t eliminate mistakes in hiring or completely close the skills gap, hiring an employee with the CPT credential raises the odds of hiring a solid employee that will more quickly bring value to the employer versus hiring someone with no experience off the street.

Click here to see a list of the production functions covered by the CPT course and assessments. 

Click here to learn more about MSSC and the CPT credential. 


Graduation Alliance

A DRMA-branded program, Graduation Alliance (a for-profit company) recruits adults, conducts background and drug screens, and provides OSHA 10 training.  Successful candidates are interviewed by employers who have the opportunity to make employment offers.  Candidates then pursue the CPT training on-line with coaching provided by Graduation Alliance.  Employers pay a fee to hire the candidates; DRMA members receive a discount on the fee.

Status:  A pilot program is underway with several DRMA member companies.  DRMA is seeking 5 more Manufacturer member companies to participate in Phase 2 of the pilot.

Miami Valley Career Technology Center

MVCTC recruits recently graduated high school students from area schools.  Candidates complete soft skills training and a four-week CPT class.

Status:  A pilot program with 5 students was completed in July 2016.  Five students completed and four were hired (one did not pass the pre-employment screening by the employer).  Three are still employed with the company, and all employers report they are very satisfied with the employees.  (One employee was let go due to attendance issues.)  The next class is scheduled for Summer 2018.  DRMA volunteers serve as advisors to this program and are the employers who hired the first set of graduates.

Area High Schools

DRMA volunteers are working with area high schools to embed and/or stand up manufacturing training programs which include the CPT credential.  Schools interested as of Spring 2018: Stebbins, Centerville, Kettering, Northridge, and Liberty High Schools. 

Promoting the Value of CPT to Employers

DRMA has launched a campaign to educate manufacturing employers on the CPT credential so that they understand the value and give credential holders priority in their hiring process.