Earn Industry Credentials

  • Students who obtain an industry certification while in high school become uniquely qualified to apply for jobs after graduation and may have an advantage over those without a certification.

    All CTE students may take the WorkKeys exam, which measures workplace skills that can affect your job performance. Students who score well receive a National Career Readiness Certificate, highly valued by many employers.

    CTE offers resources and, in many cases, coursework that prepare students to earn the industry credentials listed below. Your school’s career development coordinator, special populations coordinator, or guidance counselor can tell you more about the process for obtaining these credentials.

    Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    • Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Student Certification
    • National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program
    • NC Hunter Safety Certification
    • Pork Quality Assurance (PAQ) Youth Plus Certification
    • ServSafe Food Protection Managers Certification
    • Veterinary Technician

    Architecture & Construction

    • Autodesk Certified Inventor
    • OSHA 10-Hour Industry Certification
    • National Center for Construction Education and Research
    • Revit Architecture Certified User
    • Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)

    Arts, Audio/Visual Technology & Communications

    • Adobe Credentials

    Business, Management & Administration

    • Microsoft Office Specialist Excel and Access
    • Microsoft Office Specialist Word and PowerPoint

    Human Services

    • Barbering License
    • Cosmetology License
    • Lead Teacher Equivalency Certification

    Information Technology

    • CompTIA A+ 801
    • CompTIA A+ 802
    • MTA 0S & MTA Networks


    • Intuit QuickBooks Certification

    Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

    • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
    • National Incident Management System (NIMS) 100 & 200

    Health Science

    • Home Care Aide Endorsements
    • CPR
    • Emergency Medical Technician Basic
    • NC Nurse Aide Certification I
    • National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) Assessment

    Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

    • Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)
    • Autodesk Certified Inventor

    Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

    • Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification