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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 2023 - 2024

Below is the list of Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC) approved for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Please refer to the attached PDF for details of Program Area and links to sources approved by OSPI. Information can always be found on OSPI's CTE Resources Resources & Essentials page under Additional Resources. 

Download detailed list in PDF format 

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 Design Certification

American Meat Science Association Culinary Meat Selection & Cookery Certification

American Meat Science Association Meat Evaluation Certification

American Meat Science Association Food Safety & Science Certification

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

American Welding Society Welding Certification (Various Certs)

A*S*K Institute Certification

Autodesk Certified Professional/User- AutoCAD (Various Certs)

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification (Various Certs)

BASF: Plant Science Certification

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Biotechnician Asst Credentialing Exam (BACE)

Bloodborne Pathogens Certification

Boater’s License Certification (WA State)

Center for Financial Responsibility Personal Financial Literacy Certification

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (NHA)

Certified Coding Associate (CCA) (AHIMA)

Certified Electrocardiograph Technician (CET) (NHA)

Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) (NHA)

Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) (WA Dept of Ecology)

Certified Irrigation Technician License (CIT)

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (NHA)

Certified Medical Assistant (NHA)

Certified Nursing Aide/Assistant

Certified Personal Trainer

Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)

Certiport Business: Communication Skills for Business, Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Certiport Information Technology Specialist: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Device Configuration and Management, Networking, Networking Security Certification, Software Developer

Child Development Associate (CDA): Council for Professional Recognition

CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (Various Certs)

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (NHA)

Coding in Minecraft: JavaScript Certification

Coding in Minecraft: Python Certification

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Certification (WA State DOL)

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)

Ducks Unlimited Ecology Conservation & Management Certification

Early Childhood Education Short Certification (WA ST DCYF)

Emergency Medical Technician: Basic

Equipment & Engine Technology Certification (EETC)

EVERFI Financial Literacy Certification

Express Employment Professionals Business Office Technology Certification

Express Employment Professionals Employability/21st  Century Success Skills Career Prep Certification

FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician: General

FAA Private Pilot License

FANUC Robotics and Advanced Automation Manufacturing (Various Certs)

First Aid/CPR/AED

Flagger Certification (WA State DOT)

Food Worker Card (WA State DOH)

Forklift Operator Certification

Fundamentals of Animal Science Certification: Elanco

Google Workspace Certification (formerly G-Suite)

HIPPA Compliance Certification

Home Care Aide (HCA) (WA State DOH)

Intuit Certified Bookkeeper

Intuit Design for Delight Innovator Certification (Various Certs)

Javascript/Java Programming Certification (Various Certs)

JROTC: Leadership and Employability Skills Certification

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mastercam Certificates (Various Certs)

Merchant Mariner Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) Card

Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Certification (state-level TSA certification)

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

MSSC Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)

National Center for Construction Ed and Research (NCCER): Welding, Construction, Maritime, Manufacturing

National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA): Dental Assist. National Board

National Health Sciences Certificate (NCHSE)

National Restaurant Assoc. (NRA): ProStart Certification

National Restaurant Assoc. (NRA): ServSafe Certification

National Retail Foundation Business of Retail: Operations & Profit

National Retail Foundation Retail Industry Fundamentals Certification

National Retail Foundation Warehouse, Inventory, & Logistics Certification

NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator or Rigger Certification

NCLCA Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation

NHJTCA Equine Management & Evaluation

Onshape Certified Associate

Oracle Certified Associate (OCA): JAVA SE 8 Programmer

OSHA 10/30 Hr. General Industry

Paraeducator Certification (Various Certs)

Pesticide Applicator License: Commercial/Private

Pharmacy Assistant Registered (WA State DOH)

PMI Project Management Ready Certification

Principles of Small Engine Technology Certification (EETC)

Python Coding Certification (Various Certs)

Registered Apprenticeship or Apprenticeship Preparation: L&I Approved or Registered/Recognized by WSATC

Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) (WA State DOH)

Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) Certified Industry 4.0 (Various Certs)

Southwest Airlines Professional Communications

ShopBot Tools Certification (Various Certs)

United Brotherhood of Carpenters Career Connection Certifications

Unity Certified User Programmer Certification (Various Certs)

U.S. Military: Airforce, Army, Marine Corps, Navy (Various Certs)

USITT- USITT State Level Backstage Technology Certification

Veterinary Medical Applications Certification (Elanco)

Wastewater Treatment Operation Certification (WA Dept. of Ecology)

WA STARS Child Care Basics Certification

WISHA 10 for Agriculture (L&I)

WordPress (Certified Developer, Certified Administrator, Elementor Specialist, WooCommerce Specialist)

YouScience Agriculture Certification: Agriculture Biology, Agricultural Science, Natural Resources Science, Plant & Soil Science, or Animal Science

YouScience Art Certifications: Commercial Art, Commercial Photography, Video Productions

YouScience Automotive Service Fundamentals Certification

YouScience Business Certifications: Business Office Specialist, Business Communications, Business Law, Business Web Page Design

YouScience Child Development Certification

YouScience Computer Science: Exploring Computer Science Certification

YouScience Construction Trades Foundations Certification

YouScience Culinary Arts Certification

You Science Digital Certifications: Digital Marketing, Digital Media

YouScience Early Childhood Education Certification

YouScience Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Certification

YouScience Finance Certifications: Adult Roles Financial Literacy, Business Mathematics, General Financial Literacy, Personal Financial Responsibility

YouScience Interior Design

YouScience Manufacturing Certifications: CAD Mechanical Design, Welding Technician, Woodworking Technician

YouScience Marketing Certifications: Advertising & Promotion, Marketing Fundamentals, Marketing

YouScience Medical Certifications: Dental Assistant, Medical Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Forensics, Medical Terminology

You Science Nutrition: Food & Nutrition, Nutrition & Wellness

YouScience Robotics Certification

YouScience Small Engine Repair Certification

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