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 individuals are assessed by an independent, third-party certifying entity using predetermined standards for knowledge, skills and competencies, resulting in the award of a time-limited credential that is nationally recognized and applicable to an occupation that is included in the workforce system's targeted occupation list or determined to be an occupation that is critical, emerging or addresses a local need.
Resources are available to provide information to stakeholders on industry certifications.
The Role of Industry Certification and Performance Based Funding
Industry certifications are the central component of the implementation of the Florida Career ad Professional Act. In 2007 the Florida Legislature passed the Career and Professional Education Act. The purpose of the Act was to provide a statewide planning partnership between the business and education communities in order to attract, expand, and retain targeted, high-value industry and to sustain a strong, knowledge-based economy. While originally focused on industry certification attainment by secondary students, the 2013 Legislature expanded to include industry certification attainment by postsecondary students. Resources regarding the CAPE Act can be found on the following website: http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/fcpea/default.asp.