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 students are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies, resulting in the award of a credential that is nationally recognized and must be at least one of the following:
(a) Within an industry that addresses a critical local or statewide economic need;
(b) Linked to an occupation that is included in the workforce system’s targeted occupation list; or
(c) Linked to an occupation that is identified as emerging.
Resources are available to provide information to stakeholders on industry certifications.