Industry certifications and credentials are offered through multiple CTE courses. Credentials recognized by NC CTE are a valid proof of learning typically endorsed by business and industry partners and provide documentation for student mastery of skills required for employment and advancement in a career.

The benefits of students earning industry-recognized credentials include aspects impacting the students, businesses, and communities. For students, industry-recognized credentials offer long-term financial benefits through increased wages and long-term earnings.

For businesses that hire credentialed students, the benefits include reductions in on-the-job training costs and employees with value-added skill sets. When students enter the workforce with industry-recognized credentials, businesses save the resources of time and money needed to provide credentials to new employees.

For communities, positive credentialing data communicates a value in workforce skills and contributes to the economic well-being of the community by drawing future industries to the area.