Industry Recognized Certifications (IRCs)

A Guide for Educators

Industry Recognized Certifications (IRCs) have become an important consideration within secondary and the postsecondary education. These industry derived credentials are being used for multiple purposes including providing students a recognized signal of competency, providing instructors a framework for developing industry relevant curriculum, and a basis for providing program accountability. This guide will present foundational information about IRCs and their value in supplementing the educational experience. Quality assurance is essential—and third party accreditation of IRCs provides an important level of confidence for educators.  Selected non-accredited industry recognized certificates, curriculum, and certifications are also known to provide value and should be evaluated for use in secondary and postsecondary education.


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