MEMO: AP 02-01
November 15, 2016
DATE: March 11, 2002
TO: WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients
FROM: Lorna Joseph, Director of Program Support
SUBJECT: Credential Attainment Under WIA
During a recent review of each area's performance levels, we noticed that a
number of areas had few or no individuals at all recorded as attaining a
credential. Based upon these facts and discussions held with board staff, we
felt it was necessary to clarify what the current criteria are for recording
a credential for a WIA client.
Policy: The definition of a credential is taken from: Revised Workforce
Investment Act Title 1-B Standardized Record Data (WIASRD), dated October 1,
A credential is defined as any nationally recognized degree or certificate
or a State/locally recognized credential. Credentials will include, but are
not limited to a high school diploma; GED or other recognized equivalents,
postsecondary degrees, recognized skills standards, licensure,
apprenticeship or industry recognized certificates. States should include
all State Education Agency recognized credentials. In addition, States
should work with local Workforce Investment Boards to encourage certificates
to recognize successful completion of the training services listed above
that are designed to equip individuals to enter or re-enter employment,
retain employment, or advance into better employment.
Credentials must be obtained either during participation or by the end of
the third quarter after exit from services (other than follow-up services).
Workforce Investment Boards can record these credentials on the WIA
Placement Record or either of the WIA Follow-Up Records. The categories are:
- High School Diploma
- GED or Equivalency
- AA or AS Diploma/Degree
- BA or BS Diploma/Degree
- Occupational Skills License
- Occupational Skills Certificate or Credential
Please ensure that you are properly collecting and recording this
information, as credentials are an important part of the performance
measurement system for all parts of WIA. Please pay particular attention to
the fact that local areas have discretion under the "Other" category as to
the recognition of successful completion of training services. In all cases
you should maintain documentation of the credential awarded.
If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Stephen
Litke or Cynthia Cyr at (860) 263-6590.