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What is an Industry Certification?
An industry certification is a credential recognized by business and industry at the local, state or national level. It could be an assessment, an examination, or a license that is administered and recognized by an industry third-party or governing board. Typically, an industry certification is (1) industry created, (2) nationally portable, and (3) third-party-validated. Passing an industry-approved examination verifies a student has the knowledge and skills to successfully compete in aligned post-secondary higher education and career opportunities where the skills/knowledge assessed through the certification process have industry-recognized professional value.
Earning an industry certification is a process where individuals are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity, using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies.
Some of the key benefits of industry certification include:
- Validation of Knowledge
- Increased Marketability
- Increased Confidence
- Improved Reputation
- Enhanced Professional Credibility
- Enhanced Academic Performance
- Respect from Peers
LBUSD consideration criteria for expenditure of funds for an industry-recognized certification:
The results of the examination are part of the student’s course grade.
The examination must be given to all students in the course.
The examination/certification is an end of program assessment and integral to the program.
The certification cost/exam is reasonable and necessary (scale, immediacy of application/use).
The certification is an essential qualification for a current in-place student internship experience.
The individual and collective certification results are available to the teacher/school and used to help evaluate the program for improvement.
The earned certification remains current/valid for at least one year after graduation, aiding the student in post-secondary educational and/or professional pursuits.