What is Industry Certification?
Industry certification is earned by a person to assure qualifications have been met to perform a job or task. Most certification programs are created, sponsored, or affiliated with professional associations, trade organizations, or IT vendors (i.e. Microsoft) interested in raising standards. These certifications must be renewed periodically, or may be valid for a specific period of time. Due to changing employment and increased ever-changing technology requirements, industry certification provides an impartial, third-party endorsement of a person’s professional knowledge and experience and is often recognized across the country. Certifications are usually earned from a professional society or educational institute, not the government. If a demonstration of ability or knowledge is required by law before being allowed to perform a task or job, it is referred to as licensure by state agencies. Licensure may or may not be accepted across state lines therefore, individuals may have to retest for licensure when applying for positions in different states.
Attention PARENTS and STUDENTS!
Did you know that qualifying industry certifications can count as math and/or science credits toward high School graduation and for college credit?
Through the successful attainment of qualifying industry certifications, students are eligible for substitution credit in mathematics and/or science credit. Please click here for additional information and for a listing of qualifying industry certifications for high school credit. Did you also know that students who earn an industry certification that articulates for postsecondary credit can save you money? On average, students who earn industry certifications while in high school save $106.88 per credit hour for tuition and fees. Please click here to learn how much you could save through earning industry certifications in high school!