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Industry Certification

An industry certification is a credential recognized by business and industry at the local, state or national level. Industry certificates measure competency and validate the knowledge base and skills that show mastery in a particular industry.

Earning an industry certification allows high school students to acquire and practice some of the most critical college and career-readiness skills, such as critical thinking, focusing, and the ability to prioritize. Ultimately, industry certifications can help students earn higher wages when they enter the workforce.

Gaining an industry certification signals to both potential employers and prospective colleges that this is a young person who is not afraid of challenges. That certification paper says, “Here is someone who is thinking ahead, who can set and achieve goals, who can bring initiative and commitment to the table.

  • Industry Recognized Credentials are available in the following programs:
    • Agriculture
    • Business and Marketing 
    • Family and Consumer Science
    • Health Science
    • Skilled and Technical Science

State Approved IRC List 2022-2023

Below is the list of Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC) approved by OSPI for the 2022 – 2023 school year. When a specific credential or agency is listed (in parentheses) after the credential, students must take the assessment indicated from that agency. If blank or (Various Certs) follows the credential, it is up to the teacher's discretion to choose a provider that will best serve the student upon completion. 

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A*S*K Institute Certification (MBA Research & Curriculum Center)

Adobe Certified Associate Certifications (Various Certs)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy Cloud Certifications (Various Certs)

American Design Drafting Assoc. (ADDA) Certified Drafter

American Institute of Floral Designers Certification

American Sign Language (ASL) Level 1 Certifications (ASL-T, ASLPI)

American Welding Society (AWS) (Various Certs)

Autodesk Certified Professional/User-AutoCAD

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification (Various Certs)

BASF Plant Science Certification

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) (Biotility)

Bloodborne Pathogens Certification 

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) (National Healthcare Assoc.Learning Resources

Certified Coding Associate (CCA) (AHIMA)

Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET) (National Healthcare Assoc.)

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) (National Healthcare Assoc.)

Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT)

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant (CNA)

Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant (CNA) (WA ST DOH)

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)

Child Development Associate (CDA) (Council for Professional Recognition)

CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Various Certs) 

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) (National Healthcare Assoc.)

CompTIA A+ Certification

Core Plus Aerospace/Advanced Manufacturing Foundational Certificate of Competency

Core Plus Construction Foundational Certificate of Competency

Core Plus Maritime Foundational Certificate of Competency

Cosmetology License (WA ST DOL)

Course Leads to an IRC (Utilize for CTE Grad Pathway reporting only)

DOE Wastewater Treatment Operation-Group I

Duck Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification

Early Childhood Education Short Certification (WA ST DCYF)

Emergency Medical Technician Basic

Employability/21st Century Success Skills (You ScienceExpress Employment Professionals Career Prep Cert)

FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician-General

First Aid/CPR/AED

Food Safety & Science Certification (AMSA)

Food Worker Card (WA State DOH)

Forklift Operator

Fundamentals of Animal Science (Elancobrochure

HIPPA Compliance Certification

Home Care Aide (HCA) (WA ST DSHS)
     Exam Preparation Materials & Practice Exam

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mastercam Certificates (Various Certs)

Meat Evaluation Certification (AMSA)

Merchant Mariner's Credential

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) / Fundamentals (Various Certs)

MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) (Dental Assist. Nat'l Board)

National Restaurant Assoc. (NRA) ProStart Certification

National Restaurant Assoc. (NRA) ServSafe Certification (NRA Industry Programs)

Nat'l Center for Construction Ed and Research (NCCER) (Welding, Construction, Maritime, Manufacturing)

NCLCA Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation

NHJTCA Equine Management & Evaluation

Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) JAVA SE 8 Programmer

OSHA 10/30 Hr. General Industry

Other Industry Certification (not federally reported for Perkins accountability)

Paraeducator Certification

Pesticide Applicator License - Commercial/Private (WA ST Dept. of Ag)

Pharmacy Assistant Registered (WA ST DOH)

PMI Project Management Ready Certification

Principles of Small Engine Technology (Equipment & Engine Training Council)

Registered Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship Preparation (L&I Approved or Recognized)

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) (WA ST DOH)

Veterinary Medical Applications Certification (Elanco)

WA STARS Child Care Basics Certification

Washington State Boater's License 

WISHA 10 for Agriculture (L&I)

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