Students can earn a performance acknowledgment on their high school diploma for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or licensure.
An industry certification is a credential that validates the ability to perform certain basic tasks essential to a particular industry. These certifications are usually created by a particular company such as ACA (Adobe Certified Associate).
A license is a Texas government issued certificate which indicates completion of a training program with a minimum number of hours and successful acquisition of basic skills essential for specific trades or professions. Examples would be a state issued Cosmetology license or a Licensed Pharmacy Technician Trainee.
Occupational Competency Assessment
An occupational competency assessment is a technical skills assessment created by groups such as the A*S*K Business Institute, which contends that the student has mastered job-ready technical knowledge. Examples include the A*S*K Business Fundamentals test (basic skills in Human Resources) and NCCER Welding.
Note: Other Houston ISD approved program specific certifications, which are administered early for safety reasons or are needed in order to advance to end of program certifications, are also available such as: ServSafe; NCCER-Core; CPR- infant and adult; OSHA; MOS and etc.