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What are Industry Certifications?

Industry certifications earned through secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs and courses are an important component of Florida's public education system. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) defines industry certification as follows:

A voluntary process, through which individuals are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills and competencies, resulting in the award of a time-limited credential that is nationally recognized and applicable to an occupation that is included in the workforce system's targeted occupation list or determined to be an occupation that is critical, emerging or addresses a local need.

Statewide Articulation Agreements (Gold Standard Agreements)

Gold Standard Industry Certification Articulation Agreements (Gold Standard Agreements) are maintained by the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) as a means for students to receive college credit for successfully earning a nationally recognized industry certification* that is aligned with an associate in applied science or associate (AAS) in science (AS) degree. The intent is to guarantee the award of a minimum number of college credits for students entering the AAS or AS for which the Gold Standard Agreement is approved.

To access information on statewide articulation agreements, go to the following site(s):

Indian River State College Industry Certification Matrix
(Florida Gold Standard Compliance)

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