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Industry Certifications

The Value and Role of Industry-Based Certifications

For students who are planning on immediately entering the workforce, IBCs can offer attractive benefits in the form of a valuable credential that can provide a competitive edge. IBCs also provide employers with a standard that is useful in evaluating and "benchmarking" a candidate who has no substantial work experience.

An IBC, by definition, is based on a workplace analysis of proficiency needs within an occupation or a technical area that reflects performance requirements of employers in an industry. Equipping students with relevant industry recognized certifications and licensures is one more way to ensure that the CTE programs in Texas can prepare students for the industries of the 21st Century.

Certifications vary by school. See your CTE Catalog, visit with your CTE teacher(s) or Career Counselor for further assistance.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster

  • Texas State Floral Association Level 1
  • Certified Veterinarian Assistant Level1
  • AWS D1.1 Structural Steel
  • AWS D9.1 Steel Metal

Hospitality Cluster

  • Texas Food Handler
  • ServSafe Manager


Architecture & Construction Cluster

  • NCCER Carpentry Level 1
  • NCCER Core Curriculum


Human Service Cluster

  • Cosmetology Operators License

Arts, AV Technology & Communications Cluster

  • Certified Professional In Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Using Adobe After Effects 
  • Adobe Certified Professional in Graphic Design and Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Certified Professional in Graphic Design Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Certified Professional in Digital Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro

Manufacturing Cluster

  • AWS D1.1 Structural Steel
  • AWS D9.1 Sheet Metal
  • AWS Welding Level 1
  • FANUC Robot Operator I Certification
  • Autodesk Associate (Certified User) 360 Fusion

Business, Marketing, & Finance Cluster

  • Business Retail: Certified Specialist
  • Customer Service and Sales: Certified Specialist
  • Stukent Social Media Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist: Expert Excel
  • Microsoft Office Specialist: Expert Word

Law Enforcement Cluster

  • Non-Commissioned Security Officer Level 1


Education & Training Cluster

  • Educational Aide 1
STEM Cluster
  • Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer (PCEP)
  • Information Technology Specialist: JAVA
  • Oracle Certified Associate, JAVA SE
  • App Development with Swift
  • Unity
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • CompTIA Fundamentals
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Autodesk Associate (Certified User) 360 Fusion
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Drone Pilot
  • FANUC Robot Operator I Certification

Health Science Cluster

  • Certified EKG Technician
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Registered Dental Assistant
  • First Aide/CPR

Transportation Cluster

  • ASE Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair
  • ICAR Collision Repair Certificate