Trade & Industrial Education
News & Announcements
Alignment of Trade and Industrial Education Programs with National Certification and Accreditation Requirements
Superintendent’s Memorandum #082-15 requires that each sequence of courses requiring a career and technical education (CTE) program completion to be aligned with state or national program certification and accreditation standards, if such standards exist. For more information, see CTE Director Memo 124-18-This is a Word document..
National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Credentialing Update
In August 2016, NCCER released the Academic Career Test (ACT) pre- and posttest program that replaced the National Construction Career Test (NCCT) examinations. The ACT pre- and posttest must be delivered by accredited NCCER schools through the Testing Management System (TMS). The TMS is a web-based platform designed to create, launch, score, and electronically store test and student progress. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo #002-17.
Barbering and Cosmetology Examination Eligibility Changes
Effective school year 2016-2017, barbering and cosmetology programs must satisfy the three-year 840-hour requirement for Barbering I, II, III, and Cosmetology I, II, III. High school student shall be eligible to take the Board-approved examination upon completion of the three-year program. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 075-16.
Barbering, Cosmetology, and Nail Technician Program Requirements
The Virginia Board for Barbers and Cosmetology establishes the minimum standards for training and examination requirements to ensure licensees are able to practice without causing harm to the public. To this end, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) in collaboration with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations (DPOR) is providing guidelines for requirements of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Nail Technician programs for (1) public high schools; (2) public adult occupational preparation; and (3) private licensed schools. For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 072-17
Trade and Industrial Education covers a variety of specialized areas including robotic workcell technology; transportation, distribution, and logistics such as automotive technology, motorsports, and aviation; computer networking technology hardware operations; building trades; commercial photography and graphic imaging; radio and TV communications; criminal justice; and public safety including fire fighting.
The following courses were revised for implementation during the 2019-2020 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Aircraft Pilot Training I (8731)
- Aircraft Pilot Training II (8732)
- Auto Body Technology I (8676)
- Auto Body Technology II (8677)
- Auto Body Technology III (8678)
- Automotive Technology I (MLR 3-Year Program) (8502) - New
- Building Trades I (8515)
- Building Trades II (8516)
- Criminal Justice I (8702)
- Criminal Justice II (8703)
- Firefighting I (8705)
- Firefighting II (8706)
- Graphic Imaging Technology I (8660)
- Graphic Imaging nTechnology II (8661)
- Public Safety I (8700)
- Public Safety II (8701)
- Utility/Heavy Construction I (8616)
- Utility/Heavy Construction II (8617)
Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE
The Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE-This is a Word document. is a collection of best practice resources used to assist school divisions in the development of a local safety school safety plan.
- Trade & Industrial Education Course Listing-This is a Word document.
- Essential Competency List for Trade and Industrial Education (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Trade and Industrial Education
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide – See Equipment for CTE Programs
SkillsUSA- Champions at Work
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
A partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure Virginia and America have a skilled work force. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning – Know the Rules-This is a Word document. is a resource that compares federal and state labor laws for nonagricultural and agricultural occupations, parental exemption, and prohibited and hazardous occupations as they relate to youth work-based learning.
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation - evaluates and accredits entry-level automotive technology education programs against standards developed by the automotive service industry.
- Manufacturing Skills Institute
- Virginia Association of Trade and Industrial Educators (VATIE)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)
- Virginia Department of Professional Occupational Regulations (DPOR) – Board for Barbers and Cosmetology Regulations
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs(VDFP) Administrative Guidelines – Training and Courses, Firefighter ! and II