Industry-Recognized Credentials FAQs

General Questions


General Questions

    What is an industry-recognized credential?
    An industry-recognized credential is a verification of an individual’s qualification or competence. A third party with authority (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010) issues a credential. Industry-recognized credentials are valued in the labor market and are a validation of knowlege and skill. They can take many forms, including certifications, certificates, and licenses. 

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    Why should students earn industry-recognized credentials?

    In addition to helping students meet graduation requirements, earning an industry-recognized credential allows students to learn about a particular skill set or job and demonstrate mastery of skills. Students learn more deeply by practicing and applying their knowledge through work and employment experiences They learn about workplace expectation and professional skills needed for employment, as well as learning about career pathways

    Industry-recognized credentials provide an opportunity to earn a livable wage while pursuing additional education. Some industry-recognized credentials can be used as evidence of prior learning and can be awarded college credit.

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    Do all jobs or industries use industry credentials?
    No, not all industries use credentials as validation of knowledge and skills. Schools should not require or expect students whose interests lie in those fields to work toward credentials that will not offer them value in their future careers. Instead, those students should work toward obtaining whatever is needed in their future careers. For some students, that might be taking advantage of College Credit Plus or other college credit opportunities, while for others that might be engaging in meaningful, work-based learning experiences in their areas of interest.

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    How do students earn industry-recognized credentials?
    Students can earn industry-recognized credentials through comprehensive career-technical education programs, through programs dedicated specifically to credentials for students in their senior year, or through existing courses that integrate the content needed to successfully obtain the credential. Students can also earn credentials outside of the traditional school setting or model, participating in training conducted outside of the school.

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    Who can help me set up a new program that leads to a credential?
    Every school district in the state is part of a career-technical planning district. Your career-technical planning district leadership can offer guidance and assistance in starting new programs that lead to credentials. This may be a career-technical education director in your district, or career center leadership in your area. If you are unsure who to contact to get the process started, contact industrycredentials@education.ohio.gov. The Ohio Department of Education would be happy to connect you to local staff and resources in your area or assist you with developing a new program. 

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Last Modified: 10/24/2019 11:48:11 AM