Industry-Recognized Credentials by Career Field

COVID-19 Industry-Recognized Credential Guide

On March 9, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Ohio due to the coronavirus health crisis. On April 20, 2020, he ordered the extension of Ohio's school-building closure through the end of the academic year. The ordered school-building closure and other measures taken in response to the coronavirus health crisis affect students’ ability to complete industry-recognized credentials. 
Due to the ordered school-building closure, secondary schools' industry-recognized credential programs have implemented remote learning. However, many industry-recognized credential preparation programs require hands-on lab instruction that cannot be duplicated through remote learning in a manner that mirrors in-person instruction. Additionally, in some cases job placement, lab or experiential learning hours are a requirement for earning an industry-recognized credential.
The Industry Credential Vendor Flexibility information guide was created to provide support to the education community and ensure the availability of current information from credentialing bodies, state licensing agencies and credential vendors for students seeking credentials during these unprecedented times.  This resource includes information on flexibility of deadlines, timelines, proctoring of exams and other requirements for each industry-recognized credential on the Department’s approved list. Teachers can use this information to instruct and guide students who were in the process of earning industry-recognized credentials at the time of the ordered school-building closure.

Schools are invited to share information and updates from credential vendors, provide feedback, ask questions, and express concerns by contacting the Ohio Department of Education at A new version will be posted as updates are provided and will be highlighted within the document.

Industry Credential Vendor Flexibility Information and Guidance
Posted November 20, 2020

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Law and Public Safety


Where can i find a full list of the industry-recognized credentials?

For a full list of the credentials with Education Management Information System (EMIS) Assessment Area Codes, career fields, and point values, click here.

How can a student earn a high school diploma under the “credential” Option?

In order to qualify for a diploma under the credential option, a student needs to do two things:

Can a student mix and match credentials?

Yes, a student may choose any combination of credentials that totals to 12 points within a single career field. Students can consult with a counselor, teacher, or other professional to aid in choosing the bundle of credentials that best suits their career aspirations.

Why can’t a student mix and match credentials from different career fields?

The goal is for students to exit high school with a coherent bundle of credentials that leads to meaningful employment or post-secondary options. For example, obtaining a Taser certification (for law enforcement) along with a couple of IT certifications and the ServSafe (for food handlers) as a bundle would not have an obvious use or application in the workforce.

Last Modified: 11/20/2020 9:42:16 AM