Industry-Recognized Credentials by Career Field

COVID-19 Industry-Recognized Credential Guide

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 the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  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 August 10, 2022

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Education and Training
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Human Services
Information Technology
Law and Public Safety


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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. 

Full Credential List

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: 9/13/2022 8:22:21 AM