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
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).
will continue to be used in PY 06, but only for the following groups:
All adult participants who began receiving training
services prior to July 1, 2006;
All dislocated worker participants who began
receiving training services prior to July 1, 2006;
Older youth participants who began receiving
services prior to July 1, 2006.
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
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
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
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.
Administrative Procedures Memos