A credential attests to the qualifications, competence, or authority of an individual to perform at levels of proficiency established by a third party with the relevant or de facto authority and competence to do so. It is the ultimate demonstration of the Knowledge and Skills outlined in the Programs of Study. For the CTE student, it is the culmination of his/her individual Plan of Study—and the beginning of a lifelong career of achievement in his/her chosen field.

The credential listings provided below were revised in 2010 and were reviewed by the Career Clusters Leaders and/or the National Advisory Committee, with new credentials added only at their recommendation. They’re organized by the 16 Career Clusters and divided into three primary sections:

  1. Education and Industry Licenses
  2. Education and Industry Certificates
  3. Postsecondary Degree Options

Each section is organized by the type of program, the organization or type of school that offers the certification, license or degree and the source for contact information or further details on the program. These are samples of existing credentials and are not meant to be all-inclusive. They are provided here for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by NCTEF or NASDCTEc.

Click on any of the Career Clusters below for credentials pertinent to that Career Cluster.