Adult Diploma Program

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and an alternate pathway for adults, ages 20 or older, to earn an industry-recognized credential aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs (after passing the WorkKeys, course requirements, and assessments) AND awarded a state-issued high school diploma.

What makes this program different from a traditional high school setting is the delivery of instruction to adults. Instead of measuring academic achievement through clock hours, seat time or credits earned, the focus is on a competency-based approach that provides a self-paced option. Once competencies have been learned, adults then demonstrate mastery of skill. Each eligible adult works with the provider to create a customized student success plan.

Adult Diploma Program Information


Open to adults 20+

Diploma Type

State-issued High School Diploma awarded


Available at approved educational institutions throughout the state.


Students do not have to pass the OGT/Proficiency test; however, they are required to pass the ACT WorkKeys.


Program duration depends on the length of the credential program.


No minimum number of High School credits required

Best for...

Best for adults seeking to enter in-demand job fields such as STNA, EMT, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, CDL, IT support services.

Supplemental Adult Tester Windows

  • Fall end-of-course: Oct. 23-Nov. 17, 2023
  • Winter end-of-course: Feb. 5-March 1, 2024

In-Demand Adult Diploma Careers

  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Electricians 
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter 
  • Heating Ventilation Air-Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Logistics
  • Machining 
  • Manicuring
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Office Technologies
  • Phlebotomy
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Safety
  • Robotics
  • ServSafe/Hospitality
  • State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA)
  • Welding


Last Modified: 4/5/2023 11:19:37 AM