The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program is an industry recognized certificate verifying a student has mastered essential training in safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

Manufacturing Workforce

The demand for skilled workers in manufacturing is on the rise nationally, and within Brevard County. New re-shoring efforts, and an aging workforce, are leading to this increased need. However, the supply of talent entering the manufacturing sectors is decreasing, as interest in a manufacturing career is on the decline. The EDC is leading an effort to address critical issues and shore up the demand from the manufacturing sectors on the Space Coast through a program of work focused on developing:

  • Industry Education & Engagement to promote stackable industry certifications and career opportunities
  • Image and Attraction Campaign to drive interest in manufacturing career paths
  • Training & Assessment Programs to build skills applicable to all manufacturing sectors

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The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) has established the Manufacturing Talent Asset Pipeline (TAP) program to promote manufacturing careers and drive manufacturing skill development in Brevard County, Florida. Scholarships are offered to Brevard County residents for the nationally recognized Certified Production Technician (CPT) manufacturing credential course offered through Eastern Florida State College (EFSC). This is a nationally recognized and nationally accredited course.

CPT Training  – Provides Brevard County residents discounted tuition or scholarships for the CPT training course. The program is designed for current manufacturing employees, veterans of the U.S. Military, recent high school graduates, EFSC students, and adults interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing.

The EDC’s CPT Program provides Brevard County residents scholarships. Scholarships include the costs of tuition, books, fees and supplies. This is made possible through funding by the Florida Department of Education.

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  • Why Train to be a CPT?
    • Certifications significantly increase the employability and wages of those who earn them. There is no shortage of individuals with no skills, but those who have demonstrated their commitment to a career by earning an industry certificate will rise to the top of the list for manufacturers seeking new employees.
  • What is the class structure?
    • A 10-week online course where you will view and participate in a lecture two nights per week, from 6 – 10 pm from your own computer.
    • During the lecture you may ask questions and have immediate response from your instructor. If you are unable to participate in the live lecture, a link will be available for viewing. You may email your questions.
    • Practice quizzes and vocabulary sheets help you prepare for each exam.
  • Who Can Apply?
    • The CPT Training Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides is available to Brevard County residents. Designed for current manufacturing employees, veterans of the U.S. Military, recent high school graduates, EFSC students, and adults interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing.

Contact us for more information

Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
6525 3rd Street, Suite 304
Rockledge, FL 32955
Phone: 321.638.2000

For information about CPT Training:
Phone: 321.638.2000