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MEMO:  AP 06-07
 

Last Updated: November 15, 2016

DATE: April 11, 2006 

TO: WIB Directors, WIB Chairpersons, Grant Recipients 

FROM: Carl Buzzelli, WIA Program Manager 

SUBJECT: Clarification of the Definition of Certificate and Credential in PY 06 

America's Workforce Network

Background:  The implementation of the Common Measures policy under the Workforce Investment Act has resulted in a number of revisions to definitions used for several years under WIA.  This issuance addresses the changes made to the definition of credential and the timeframe for these revisions. 

Policy:  Since the inception of WIA, the term credential has been used in the calculation of performance measures for adult, dislocated workers and older youth.  That definition is as follows: 

Credential - A nationally recognized degree or certificate or state/locally recognized credential.  Credentials include, but are not limited to, a high school diploma, GED, or other recognized equivalents, post-secondary degrees/certificates, recognized skill standards, and licensure 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.  (Please note: this term applies to the current WIA statutory adult, dislocated worker, and older youth measures only, it does not apply to the common measures). 

This term will continue to be used in PY 06, but only for the following groups: 

  1. All adult participants who began receiving training services prior to July 1, 2006;

  2. All dislocated worker participants who began receiving training services prior to July 1, 2006;

  3. Older youth participants who began receiving services prior to July 1, 2006. 

Any new youth, adult or dislocated worker participants starting on or after July 1, 2006 will have their performance calculations determined (if applicable) based on the use of the term certificate.  It is defined as follows: 

A certificate is awarded in recognition of an individualís attainment of measurable technical or occupational skills necessary to gain employment or advance within an occupation.  These technical or occupational skills are based on standards developed or endorsed by employers.  Certificates awarded by workforce investment boards are not included in this definition.  Work readiness certificates are also not included in this definition.  A certificate is awarded in recognition of an individualís attainment of technical or occupational skills by: 

  • A state educational agency or a state agency responsible for administering vocational or technical education within a state. 

  • An institution of higher education described in Section 102 of the Higher Education Act (20 USC 1002) that is qualified to participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized by Title IV of that Act.  This includes community colleges, proprietary schools, and all other institutions of higher education that are eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs. 

  • A professional, industry, or employer organization (e.g., National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification, National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc., Machining Level I credential) or a product manufacturer or developer (e.g., Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, Certified Novell Engineer, Sun Certified Java Programmer) using a valid and reliable assessment of an individualís knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

  • A registered apprenticeship program. 

  • A public regulatory agency, upon an individualís fulfillment of educational, work experience, or skill requirements that are legally necessary for an individual to use an occupational or professional title or to practice an occupation or profession (e.g., FAA aviation mechanic certification, state certified asbestos inspector.) 

  • A program that has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer education benefits to veterans and other eligible persons. 

  • Job Corps centers that issue certificates. 

  • Institutions of higher education which is formally controlled, or has been formally sanctioned, or chartered, by the governing body of an Indian tribe or tribes. 

Please take particular note of the fact that certificates awarded by WIBs and work readiness certificates are not included in this definition. 

All pertinent staff need to be made aware of these changes.  Staff should be briefed and knowledgeable on the subject. 

We also strongly suggest that you review all providers on your Eligible Training Provider List to ensure that all certificate-producing training programs beginning on or after July 1, 2006 comply with the new requirements. 

If you have any questions, please contact your area representative.

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