The Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing
General Assembly House Bill (HB) 2137 – The 2015 General Assembly passed House Bill 2137 that amended and re-enacted Section § 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia, regarding teachers seeking an initial license with an endorsement in an area of career and technical education, effective July 1, 2015. Related legislation was first enacted in the 2014 General Assembly as referenced in Superintendent’s Memorandum No.150-14.
For detailed information and the teacher-eligible list, refer to the Industry Credentials for Teachers Seeking an Initial Virginia License with Endorsement(s) in an Area of Career and Technical Education Guidance Document and Superintendent’s Memo 202-15.
To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed.
A credential is defined as:
- State-Issued Professional License, required for entry into a specific occupation as determined by a Virginia state licensing agency (Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Cosmetology);
- Full Industry Certification, from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association validating essential skills of a particular occupation (A+ CompTIA, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP);
- Pathway Industry Certification, which may consist of entry-level exams as a component of a suite of exams in an industry certification program leading toward full certification (Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS); or
- Occupational competency assessment, a national standardized assessment of skills/knowledge in a specific career and/or technical area, (NOCTI).
Board of Education-Approved Industry Credentials
Student Industry Credentials
The 2012 General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed into law, HB 1061 and SB 489, to strengthen postsecondary education and workplace readiness opportunities for all students. The legislation says, in part:
“Beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2013-2014 school year, requirements for the standard diploma shall include a requirement to earn a career and technical education credential that has been approved by the Board, that could include, but not be limited to, the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness skills assessment.” The 2015-2016 Information Technology (IT) Credentials have been identified to assist divisions in the data reporting process.
- Board-Approved Industry Credentials for Students – April 23, 2015 Approved List (PDF)
Teacher Industry Credentials
Effective July 1, 2014, “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.” For more detail information, refer to the 2014 GA HB758 and the 2015 GA HB2137.
- Virginia Teacher-Eligible Industry Credentialing Assessments (PDF)
- Guidance Document – Industry Credentials for Teachers Seeking an Initial Virginia License with Endorsement(s) in an Area of Career and Technical Education (PDF)
- Industry Credentialing for Teachers Seeking Initial Licensure Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
How Credentials Work for Student-Selected Verified Credit
The board annually reviews and approves industry, professional or trade association certification examinations and occupational competency assessments that will meet the student-selected verified credit requirements as well as to earn the board’s Career and Technical Education seal and Advanced Mathematics and Technology seal. Students who earn a credential by passing a certification or licensure examination may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements.
The Guidance Document Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, 8 VAC 20-131, on page 10 states:
“Criteria for Awarding Student-Selected Verified Credit: Student-selected verified credit will be awarded for certification or licensure examinations that meet all of the following criteria:
- Industry certification or licensure examinations that are approved to satisfy the requirements for the Board of Education’s Career and Technical Education Seal or the Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology will satisfy requirements for student-selected verified credits.
- The teacher and/or the career and technical education program must be certified by the issuing organization relative to the industry certification or license.
- A standard credit may not be verified more than once.
Earning Student-Selected Verified Credit: One student-selected verified credit will be awarded for passing each certification or licensure examination that meets all of the above criteria and the student earns one standard unit of credit only in the career and technical education concentration or specialization.
Two student-selected verified credits will be awarded for passing each certification or licensure examination that meets all of the above criteria; and
- The student meets the career and technical education concentration or specialization course requirements for program completer.
- The student earns at least two standard units of credit in the career and technical education concentration or specialization.
- The student may substitute one of these verified credits for a verified credit in either science or history/social science.”
In addition to providing student-selected 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
Data presented is based on the performance of CTE program completers. A CTE completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration (course sequence) and all requirements for high school graduation, or an approved alternative.
CTE Performance Trends – Summarizes statewide demographics and student performance.
Secondary schools report the number of credentials earned by students for passing Board-approved credentialing exams. Prior to 2010-2011, workplace readiness skills assessments were included in Industry Certification category, but now are reported separately. Source: Virginia’s School Report Card
Pass Percentage by Credential
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credential for 2013-14 (XLS)
- SWS Student Pass PercentageS By Credential for 2012-13 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credential for 2011-12 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credential for 2010-11 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credential for 2009-10 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credential for 2008-09 (XLS)
Pass Percentage by Credential, by CTE Course
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credentials By CTE Course for 2013-14 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credentials By CTE Course for 2012-13 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credentials By CTE Course for 2011-12 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credentials By CTE Course for 2010-11 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credentials By CTE Course for 2009-10 (XLS)
- SSWS Student Pass Percentage By Credentials By CTE Course for 2008-09 (XLS)
Student Data by CTE Course
School Report Card Data
Explanations and Examples for the Data Collection Process for Student Credentialing (SWSS)
- Why Credentialing? Credentialing in Career and Technical Education (PDF)
- Explore Industry Credentialing Examination Fact Sheets
- Questions and Answers (PDF)
- Recommendations for Proctoring Industry Certification Credentialing Examinations (PDF)
- Teacher “exempted exams” for the Virginia Credentialing Initiative (PDF)
- Industry Credentialing Interest Request Form (PDF)
- Credential Exam Codes (PDF)
National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Assessments
Previous Years Archived Board-Approved List
- April 24, 2014 Approved List (PDF)
- June 27, 2013 Approved List (PDF)
- May 24, 2012 Approved List (PDF)
- February 17, 2011 Approved List (PDF)
- January 14, 2010 Approved List (PDF)
- January 15, 2009 Approved List (PDF)