• Certifications

    According to the U.S. Department of Education, CTE prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic, employability, and job-specific skills.  High school students involved in a CTE pathway are more engaged and graduate at higher rates.   When students are able to link traditional lessons to real-life applications that apply directly to future careers, they are more invested in their own learning. In fact, the average high school graduation rate for CTE students is 93%, compared to the national average of 80%.” The industry-based certifications (IBC) that Houston ISD offers align with state and regional workforce needs.  These IBCs serve as an entry point to middle and high-wage jobs. We offer many certifications within our district.

    • Industry-Based Certification
      • An industry certification is a credential that validates the ability to perform certain basic tasks essential to a particular industry. 
    • License
      • A license is a Texas government-issued certificate that indicates completion of a training program with a minimum number of hours and successful acquisition of basic skills essential for specific trades or professions. (i.e., Cosmetology Operator License and Certified Pharmacy Technician)
    • Occupational Competency Assessment
      • A technical skills assessment created by groups such as the National Center for Construction Education & Research(NCCER), which contends that the student has mastered job-ready technical knowledge. 

    Note: Additional program-specific certifications are approved by Houston ISD. These certifications are administered early in the program and focus on topics such as basic safety and communication skills. In some cases, these certifications are prerequisites for advanced end-of-program certifications. (i.e. ServSafe Food Handler, NCCER Core Curriculum, CPR & First Aid, OSHA 10)

    For more information about the Industry-Based Certifications Houston ISD offers, please visit: