Build Skills

    Students can earn a performance acknowledgment on their high school diploma for earning a nationally or internationally recognized business or industry certification or licensure.


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    Industry Certification

    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.

    Teachers administering a Certiport exam can use the following links to ensure proper setup of lab computers: