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Industry Credentials Valued By California Employers & Educators


A key component of a successful Career Pathway is the integration of industry-valued certifications. These certifications have benefits to students, educators, employers and communities. Read more »

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  • Students - When industry credentials or occupational licenses are integrated into a career pathway it provides a tangible link between educational proficiency and careers. While career pathways provide career guidance and a framework for students to plan their future; industry-valued certifications help demonstrate the student’s proficiency in a subject area. Students are more motivated when they can see the relevance of their education, demonstrate proficiency in the subject matter and it is validated with these certifications providing smooth transitions between college and careers.
  • Educators - Industry-valued credentials or occupational licenses provide a structural platform that encourages faculty to integrate academic and CTE curricula, supports faculty to partake in professional development to stay current and relevant to the everchanging needs of industry; while aligning with program reform and improvements and receiving administrative support. Career pathways also connect educators with local business and industry to ensure that students learn current relevant skills that connects the learning to careers in this “just in time” marketplace.
  • Employers - Industry credentials or occupational licenses provide the opportunity to partner with educators to prepare future employees by determining the necessary skills, certification and current knowledge necessary to succeed in the work force.
  • Communities - Industry credentials or occupational licenses provide an opportunity for communities and local economies to thrive with homegrown talent being trained and employed in local business and industry. When the power of business and industry, and the local communities unite to partner with education for economic development and educational planning everyone wins. Higher levels of educational attainment contribute to a healthier local economy.

California Industry Credentials Database

This searchable database provides information on third-party credential exams that are issued through Certiport, including:

  • A list of credentials, which can be filtered by K-12 pathway, industry cluster, or priority sector
  • Figures on how many students have passed exams at individual K-12 sites and colleges

Credentials Offered By Community Colleges

The credentials listed have been identified by colleges and key talent as important to employers as a way to match competencies needed for employment. The list is intended to help practitioners fold credentials into community college programs, and to help students obtain employment or demonstrate skills needed in the workplace. Students successfully completing training for these certifications will be prepared to sit for the industry-valued certifications. This is a live list, and will continue to change as required by both industry and educators.

Download a list (PDF format) of industry credentials offered in community colleges »

Credentials Offered By K-12

Students successfully completing a program of study within the career pathways listed here will be prepared to sit for the cross-listed industry-valued certifications and will be better prepared for continuing their studies in community college career pathways. This is a live list and is not to be considered as an official list by the California Department of Education.

Download a list (PDF format) of industry credentials offered in K-12 »

For additional information or feedback on the provided lists, please contact Renah Wolzinger, Statewide Technical Assistance Provider for Data Tools.

This interactive tool was made possible through a collaborative effort between the Community College Chancellors Office and the Orange County Department of Education. Together, we are better serving our K-14 students, and preparing a stronger workforce.


The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office