The attainment of an industry-recognized certification or credential ensures that students graduate from high school globally competitive for work and postsecondary education.

An industry-recognized certification or credential helps businesses

  • Save many hours of training time because their new hire is already trained.
  • Be confident that the credential holder has already learned a specific set of skills.

An industry-recognized certification or credential helps students

  • Validate their knowledge and skill attainment with an industry-recognized certification.
  • Stand out in a field of job applicants.
  • Start at a higher salary level.

Since 2010-2011, the first year credentialing data were compiled at the state level, the number of credentials reported by Career and Technical Education students has grown from 24,782 to 140,097.

Learn more about student certification and credentialing:

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Credentials by Course
The Credentials by Course document lists the specific Business and Industry recognized credentials that are reported in the annual NC CTE Credentials Report and indicates which are eligible to count in federal reporting.
(pdf, 602kb)

Certification and Credentialing Briefing Paper
(pdf, 200kb)

Career and Technical Education Student Credentialing Report
View more information about credentials earned by NC Career and Technical Education students in the annual Student Credentialing Report.