Process for Adding new Industry-Recognized Credentials

Industry-recognized credentials can also be used to qualify students in the Class of 2018 and beyond for high school graduation.

How was the list built?

The State Board of Education approved methodology for building the credential list in September 2014. Credentials can be added to the list in two ways.

  1. Credentials tied to Ohio’s In-Demand Occupations are included on the list.
  2. The public may submit credentials to the Department for consideration using the application posted below.

The initial list includes only credentials identified as related to Ohio’s In-Demand Occupations. Credentials related to Information Technology are excluded from the initial publication of the list, pending workgroup recommendations on the bundling of credentials in this industry.

Application Process

Community stakeholders, including schools, districts, parents, and businesses may submit credentials to the Ohio Department of Education for consideration.

The 2017-2018 list will be updated this spring after all applications from the public are reviewed. Applications are due on December 31, 2016, for credentials to be considered for addition to the list for the 2017-2018 school year.

Per the State Board of Education, credentials must have significant and ongoing demand in order to be considered.

Last Modified: 12/7/2016 4:03:33 PM