Process for Adding new Industry-Recognized Credentials

Industry-recognized credentials can also be used to qualify students 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. Below is the application for addition for the 2020-2021 school year.


The FY 2019-2020 list has been updated with new credentials added.

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


Last Modified: 10/24/2019 11:30:16 AM