“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) defines ‘recognized postsecondary credential’ as a credential consisting of an industry-recognized certificate or certification, a certificate of completion of an apprenticeship, a license recognized by the State involved or Federal Government, or an associate or baccalaureate degree.” -WorkforceGPS

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Each industry has different education, training, and credential requirements. Some industry recognized credentials (IRC’s) are valued more than others. For more information, please activate the orange links below.

About Industry Recognized Credentials (MBAE)

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) provides a list of credentials most often sought in the industries with the most job openings and skill gaps in the state.

Resources to Support Licensing & Credentialing (WorkforceGPS)

There is a great deal of research and work being done by many organizations and government entitities on credentials and licensing. To help you navigate this space, (WorkforceGPS) identified a number of resources, website, tools and promising practices on this resource page.

Credentials for Success Initiative (MBAE)

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) introduces and provides an overview of their initiative designed to highlight the importance of credentials, the value of specific credentials for high-need industries, and related advocacy efforts.

Connecting Learning & Work (National Network)

Information on industry recongized credentials in different economic sectors.

Credential Engine / Registry

Credential Engine is a non-profit whose mission is to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and empower everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.