To work as a production and planning clerk, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Formal training is not required for production and planning clerks. However, taking courses that teach business skills can be good preparation for this occupation.
Production and planning clerks usually learn their skills on the job. You work with an experienced clerk and do routine tasks under close supervision. You also receive training in the use of computers and other electronic business equipment. Training typically lasts a few months but may take up to a year.
Some branches of the military train people to be preventive maintenance analysts. This occupation is not an exact match with production and planning clerks, but there is a lot of overlap. Training lasts from four to 15 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.