Student-Earned Industry Credentials

The 2012 General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed into law, HB 1061 and SB 489, to strengthen postsecondary education and workplace readiness opportunities for all students. The legislation says, in part:

“Beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2013-2014 school year, requirements for the standard diploma shall include a requirement to earn a career and technical education credential that has been approved by the Board, that could include, but not be limited to, the successful completion of an industry certification, a state licensure examination, a national occupational competency assessment, or the Virginia workplace readiness skills assessment.”

To meet this graduation requirement all students will have the opportunity to take the w!se Financial Literacy Certification in the Economics and Personal Finance course.

To earn an industry credential students must successfully complete the required CTE course and pass the related industry certification exam. Earning a certification provides industry recognized proof that the student has achieved a professional skill level in that area and is prepared for entry-level career-related responsibilities and/or post-secondary education.

Students who earn industry certifications in other CTE courses may be able to use the additional certification as their student selected verified credit. Students may also be eligible for the Career and Technical Education Seal and/or Advanced Math Seal on their high school diploma, if they meet all the requirements for these seals. Please see your Counselor for details.

The table below shows additional CTE Credentials students may be able to earn in other CTE courses.

Career & Technical
Education Course


CTE Credit


Math Seal

Business & Information Technology


Advanced Computer Information Systems II

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)


Computer Information Systems I

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)


Family and Consumer Science

Culinary Arts II NOCTI: Cook II  

Culinary Arts II

National Restaurant Association: ServSafe


Dual Enrollment Advanced Early Childhood Education and Services II

NOCTI: Early Childhood Education


Teachers for Tomorrow

Para Pro


Health and Medical Science


Nurse Aide I

Virginia Board of Nursing: Certified Nurse Aide




Advanced Marketing II

National Retail Federation: Customer Service


Advanced Fashion Marketing II

National Retail Federation: Customer Service







Technology Education


Electronics Systems II

NOCTI: Electronics Technology


Engineering Analysis and Applications II (Robotics)

REC: Pre-Engineering or Robotics


Trade and Industry


Dual Enrollment Automotive Technology II

Automotive Service Exam (ASE)


Dual Enrollment Automotive Technology III

Automotive Service Exam (ASE)


Networking Hardware Operations I and II

NOCTI: Computer Networking

Cosmetology II

Virginia Board of Cosmetology: Cosmetology License