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The Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed. Students who earn a credential by passing a certification or licensure examination may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements.

A credential is defined as:

  • State-Issued Professional License required for entry into a specific occupation as determined by a Virginia state licensing agency (Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Cosmetology);
  • Industry Certification from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association validating essential skills of a particular occupation (A+ Examinations (CompTIA), ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification (National Restaurant Association)); and/or Stackable Industry Certifications which may consist of multiple entry-level exams as a component of a suite of exams in an industry certification program leading toward full certification (ASE- Automotive Service Excellence Entry-Level Certification Tests (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Examinations (Microsoft));
  • Occupational Competency Assessment, a national standardized assessment of skills/knowledge in a specific career and/or technical area, (Architectural Drafting Assessment (NOCTI), Electrical Level One Assessment (National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER));
  • Workplace Readiness Skills (WRS) for the Commonwealth Certification (Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS)); most valuable when given in addition to appropriate course specific credentials that demonstrate mastery of valuable CTE Skills.


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