The Path to Industry Certification (2022)

The Path to Industry Certification (1)

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Overview

The Path to Industry Certification (2)To encourage more students to work towards a selected industry credentials or state licenses while pursuing a high school diploma, the Pathway to High School Credentialing program was developed.

A credential is defined as:

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  • State-Issued Professional License required for entry into a specific occupation as determined by a Virginia state licensing agency (Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Cosmetology);
  • Industry Certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association validating essential skills of a particular occupation (A+ Examinations (CompTIA), ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification (National Restaurant Association)); and/or Stackable Industry Certifications which may consist of multiple entry-level exams as a component of a suite of exams in an industry certification program leading toward full certification (ASE- Automotive Service Excellence Entry-Level Certification Tests (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Examinations (Microsoft));
  • Occupational Competency Assessment, a national standardized assessment of skills/knowledge in a specific career and/or technical area, (Architectural Drafting Assessment (NOCTI), Electrical Level One Assessment (National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER));
  • Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) for the Commonwealth Certification (Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS)); most valuable when given in addition to appropriate course specific credentials that demonstrate mastery of valuable CTE Skills.

Board of Education-Approved Industry Credentials

Industry Credential Submission Form

The Virginia Department of Education evaluates industry credentials on an on-going basis against prescribed criteria for graduation requirements for the Standard Diploma 8VAC20-131-51.B and verified credit (8VAC20-131-110.C). Credentials that meet the criteria are presented to the Virginia Board of Education annually for approval. Use the following form to submit new credentials for our consideration as well as to update existing credentials with VDOE.

CTE Student Industry Credentials

The 2020 General Assembly approved, and the Governor signed, HB 516 and SB 112 pertaining to high school graduation requirements. The legislation provided additional requirements that:

“Require that students (i) complete an Advanced Placement, honors, or International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment course; (ii) complete a high-quality work-based learning experience, as defined by the Board; or (iii) earn a career and technical education credential that has been approved by the Board, except when a career and technical education credential in a particular subject area is not readily available or appropriate or does not adequately measure student competency, in which case the student shall receive satisfactory competency-based instruction in the subject area to earn credit. The career and technical education credential, when required, could include the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or the Virginia workplace readiness skills assessment. The Department of Education shall develop, maintain, and make available to each local school board a catalogue of the testing accommodations available to English language learners for each such certification, examination, assessment, and battery. Each local school board shall develop and implement policies to require each high school principal or his designee to notify each English language learner of the availability of such testing accommodations prior to the student's participation in any such certification, examination, assessment, or battery.” § 22.1-253.13:4.D.6.

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  • Board-Approved Industry Credentials for Students – April 21, 2022 Approved List-This is a Word document.(Word)

CTE Catalogue of Industry Credentials with Testing Accommodations for English Learners

The 2018 VirginiaGeneral AssemblyHouse Bill 442,directed the Department of Education todevelop, maintain, and make available to each local school board a catalogue of the testing accommodations available to English learners for each certification, examination, assessment, and battery that satisfies the career and technical education credential graduation requirement. The bill requires each local school board to develop and implement policies to require each high school principal or his designee to notify each English learner of the availability of such testing accommodations prior to the student's participation in any such certification, examination, assessment, or battery.

TheCareer and Technical Education Catalogue of Industry Credentials with Testing Accommodations for English Learners (Revised June 2022)-This is a Word document.(Word)provides a list of industry credentialing providers that indicated their examinations address one or more of the direct linguistic or indirect linguistic modes of English Learner accommodations.Additional information about accommodations can be obtained in theProcedures for Determining English Learner Participation in the Virginia Assessment Program-This is a Word document.(Word).

CTE Teacher Industry Credentials for Initial Licensure

Section § 22.1-298.1 of theCode of Virginiarequires that every teacher seeking an initial license in the Commonwealth with an endorsement in the area of career and technical education shall have an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement. If a teacher seeking an initial license in the Commonwealth has not attained an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement, the Board may, upon request of the employing school division or educational agency, issue the teacher a provisional license to allow time for the teacher to attain such credential.

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  • Guidance Document-This is a Word document.(Word)– Industry Credentials for teachers seeking an Initial Virginia License with Endorsement(s) in an Area of Career and Technical Education (Revised June 2022)

How Credentials Work for Graduation Requirements, Verified Credit, and Awards for Exemplary Student Performance

The board annually reviews and approves industry, professional or trade association certification examinations, and occupational competency assessments, and professional licenses that will meet the verified credit requirements as well as to earn the board’s Career and Technical Education seal and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) seal. Students who earn a credential by passing a certification or licensure examination may earn verified credits to meet graduation requirements.Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia(8VAC20-131-51 and 8VAC20-131-110)

Career and Technical Education Credential - graduation requirement for students pursuing the Standard Diploma 8VAC20-131-51.B.2.

  • Criteria for Awarding Verified Credit – verified credit will be awarded for certification or licensure examinations that meet all of the following criteria:
    A laboratory science verified credit may be awarded to students who complete a career and technical education program sequence and (i) pass two examinations or occupational competency assessments in a career and technical education field that confers certification or an occupational competency credential from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association; (ii) acquire two professional licenses in a career and technical education field from the Commonwealth of Virginia; or (iii) pass one examination or competency assessment from clause (i) and acquire one license from clause (ii). The examination or occupational competency assessment must be approved by the board as an additional test to verify student achievement.

Additional Requirements for Graduation for Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas 8VAC20-131-51. B.2 and C.2.

  • In accordance with the Standards of Quality (§ 22.1-253.13:4.D.6) students shall (i) complete an Advanced Placement, honors, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment course; (ii) complete a high-quality work-based learning experience, as established by board guidance on work-based learning; or (iii) earn a career and technical education credential approved by the board, except when a career and technical education credential in a particular subject area is not readily available or appropriate or does not adequately measure student competency, in which case the student shall receive satisfactory competency-based instruction in the subject area to satisfy the standard diploma requirements. The career and technical education credential, when required, could include the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness assessment.

Awards for Exemplary Student Performance

  • Governor's Seal(8VAC20-131-51.H.1)
  • Board of Education Seal(8VAC20-131-51.H.2)
  • Board of Education's CTE Seal(8VAC20-131-51.H.3)
  • Board of Education's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Seal (8VAC20-131-51.H.4)

Benefits of Student Credentialing

In addition to providing verified credit(s) and adding value to a student's résumé for obtaining entry-level positions in today's technical job market, credentials provide the following benefits to students:

  • added value to a transcript for higher education purposes or obtaining an entry-level position in the technical job market;
  • evidence that the student has completed advanced educational preparation by verifying competency in career and technical education skill areas in demand by business and industry;
  • increased job opportunities for advancement in a chosen career path; and
  • enhanced self-esteem for students through achieving national occupational competency standards recognized by business and industry

Data on Industry Credentialing in Virginia

Refer to theCredential Build-A-Table to create credential reports by state, division, school. Use to identify which credentials are earned in various divisions throughout the state. Compare/contrast this information to better match credentials to the needs in your local area and your students. Get an idea of the student attainment rates of certain credentials over others.

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Resources for High School Industry Credentialing

Credential Exam Codes

The Credential Exam Code list provides the official SSWS examination numbers needed for reporting purposes.

  • Credential Exam Codes-This is a Word document.(Word)

Current Process for CTE Credential Data Collection (SSWS)

  • For more information about the current process, go toCTE Credential Data Collection

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Assessments

Virginia uses NOCTI National Averages as our cut scores for NOCTI Examinations. These are updated by NOCTI every January and July and posted below.

  • NOCTI Assessments – National Averages January 2022-This is a Word document.(Word)

Updated STEM-H Credential List

  • Coming Soon-This is a PDF document.(PDF)

Previous Years Archived Board-Approved Student Credential List

  • April 22, 2021 Approved List-This is a Word document.(Word)
  • May 7, 2020 Approved List (Revised August 2020)-This is a Word document.(Word)
  • April 25, 2019 Approved List-This is a Word document.(Word)
  • April 26, 2018 Approved List-This is a Word document.(Word)

Previous Years Archived Teacher-Eligible Industry Credentialing Assessments List

  • 2021-2022 Virginia Teacher-Eligible Industry Credentialing Assessments-This is a Word document.(Word)
  • 2020-2021 Virginia Teacher-Eligible Industry Credentialing Assessments-This is a Word document.(Word)
  • 2019-2020 Virginia Teacher-Eligible Industry Credentialing Assessments-This is a Word document.(Word)
  • 2018-2019 Virginia Teacher-Eligible Industry Credentialing Assessments-This is a Word document.(Word)

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FAQs

What is meant by industry certification? ›

An industry certification is a credential recognized by business and industry at the local, state or national level. It could be an assessment, an examination or a license that is administered and recognized by an industry third-party or governing board.

How do I become a CTE teacher in Virginia? ›

CTE Teacher Industry Credentials for Initial Licensure

of the Code of Virginia requires that every teacher seeking an initial license in the Commonwealth with an endorsement in the area of career and technical education shall have an industry certification credential in the area in which the teacher seeks endorsement.

What is an example of an industry certification? ›

Some examples of certification entities are AHIMA, Autodesk, CompTIA, and Cisco. Industry certifications are valuable to employers because they verify a job candidate's technical skillset.

What are the three types of certification? ›

There are three general types of certification. Listed in order of development level and portability, they are: corporate (internal), product-specific, and profession-wide. Corporate, or "internal" certifications, are made by a corporation or low-stakes organization for internal purposes.

What can I teach with a CTE credential? ›

The Designated Subjects CTE Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach in grades twelve and below and in classes organized primarily for adults, in career technical, trade or vocational courses.

What are CTE requirements? ›

Bachelor's degree and completion of professional education coursework. Associate degree, verification of two years of occupational experience and completion of coursework. Secondary school diploma or equivalent, verification of three years of occupational experience and completion of professional education coursework.

Can I teach in Virginia without a license? ›

If you have at least a bachelor's degree and wish to teach, you may apply for teaching positions, disclosing in your application that you do not hold a Virginia teaching license.

What are the most important certifications to have? ›

10 in-demand certifications and their careers
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  7. Sales certifications. ...
  8. Accounting certifications.

Do certifications help get a job? ›

Conclusion: Certifications can help if you're wise

The bottom line is that certifications can help you get a job. They showcase a certain skill level that can beat out the biggest competition. They also help you build valuable skills that will prove the claims stated on your resume. However, be smart about it.

Does certification increase salary? ›

Although many people find themselves working from home, or with reduced hours of employment, it could be the ideal time to acquire a professional certification that helps increase salary and expand professional possibilities. Here are four certifications that can turbo-charge your earnings potential.

What is the purpose of passing an industry certification exam? ›

Passing an industry-approved examination verifies that students have the knowledge and skills to compete for higher education and career opportunities after high school.

What is Google certification? ›

Google Certificates are online courses designed to help kick-start your career in a number of high-growth fields. With classes in data analysis, project management, UX design, IT support, and IT automation, Google Certificates are there to help you make the right first step in your career.

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