MSSC Credentials 

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

MSSC offers two certifications for this workforce: Certified Production Technician (CPT) and the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). For addtional information regarding the MSSC credentials, click here:

The PowerPoint using in the August 2015 MSSC Webinar can also be viewed here.


NIMS Credentials 

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certifies an individual’s skills as measured against the NIMS Standards. Earning NIMS credentials requires a performance test and a theory test. The performance requirements and theory tests are drawn directly from the NIMS Standards, and are written and piloted by industry. NIMS currently offers 52 metalworking credentials.

To learn more about NIMS, visit



As an employer, you may have heard about WorkKeys® and the National Career Readiness Certificate which is based on the WorkKeys® assessment, but aren’t sure how it could benefit you and your company.

One of the most obvious benefits of preferring WorkKeys®-tested candidates is that it can help assess job-seekers that you are considering for open positions. By asking for the National Career Readiness Certificate in your job postings, you are ensuring that candidates meet at least the minimum aptitude level you are looking for in that occupation.

The assessment measures skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems and setting up and performing work-related mathematical calculations.

There are three core modules that are used in the WorkKeys® assessment to determine an individual’s National Career Readiness Certificate level: Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. Based on their scores in the three core areas, Individuals have the opportunity to earn a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum certificate.

You may also choose to utilize WorkKeys® testing as a subjective tool to guide in deciding promotion and/or salary increases for incumbent workers, or to determine training needs. The National Career Readiness Certificate can actually reduce employee turnover that is caused by the lack of skills.
Although the tool itself is standardized, how you use it in your company can be fairly flexible.

For more information regarding the benefits of credentials and specifically WorkKeys® click here.

For an in-depth, personalized look at how WorkKeys can benefit your company please contact Cynthia Grier, Ohio Career Pathways Coordinator at or 330 965 1787 x7144 or Rebecca Moder, Pennsylvania Career Pathways Coordinator at or 724 658 2501.