Industry Certifications

Funding requests are due to our CTE office by September 1, 2020 for Perkins funding.

Get your students certified!


If there is a certification exam not listed on the current Industry-Recognized Certification List and you wish to have it added, please click on the following link below to submit information for DCTE review to approve:

Career and Technical Education industry certifications must be obtained in grades 9-12. We must report all certifications earned by our CTE students to meet our federal performance indicators.

Certification reimbursements requests will be paid on a first-come first-serve basis.

Perkins can reimburse for up to two tests per student, but only if the student failed the first attempt. We will not pay for a second test just so the student can have the opportunity to improve their score. Also, the industry certification must be included on the approved list of recognized certifications in Arkansas. Ask our CTE office for the student reporting sheet.

Documentation Required for Reimbursement (not including Free certifications):

  1. Cover Letter on District Letterhead Requesting Reimbursement with Appropriate Signature

  2. Invoice

  3. Proof of Payment (Copy of the Check, APSCN Report, Receipt)

  4. Student Reporting Sheet (Class Roster Indicating Student Name, Pass/Fail, Ten-Digit Triand Number (State ID), and the Name of the Specific Certification Earned)

Documentation Required for Submitting ALL Industry Certifications (includes Free certifications):

  1. Student Reporting Sheet (Class Roster Indicating Student Name, Pass/Fail, Ten-Digit Triand Number (State ID), and the Name of the Specific Certification Earned)

Please keep a copy of all certificates on file in your classroom for future documentation, but these are not needed for reimbursement purposes.

FREE Certifications

Don't forget - there are several FREE options listed below to utilize at your district in regards to certification opportunities. For example, Microsoft Office Specialist, MTA Microsoft Technology Associate (Computer Science), National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), and EverFi Digital Literacy and Financial Literacy are no cost options for your high schools.


Free certifications must also be reported to our office. We must report all certifications earned by our CTE students to meet our federal performance indicators.

Providing the technology skills and certifications students need to succeed in a tech-driven economy.

  • MOS/MTA Certifications.

Console 8 is no longer the testing platform. Instead all testing will be done through the Compass platform.

  • Vouchers will be allocated on a quarterly basis rather than for the entire year. Additional inventory can be requested once any previously allocated vouchers have been used. Schools must have a testing window in mind for each quarter. Once a software application has been taught, students should be tested. Testing should occur quarterly. Schools should avoid waiting until the end of the semester or school year if maximum success is to be expected.

  • Request MOS vouchers through our CTE office by September 1, 2020 (Ask us for the required form)

  • Contact Gayle Betts if you have questions.

  • GMetrix provides performance-based assessments (practice tests) and is a test preparation tool to help students achieve their Microsoft certification credentials. By utilizing the GMetrix practice tests prior to sitting for the Microsoft Office certification exams, teachers will be able to replicate and build familiarity with a "live" testing environment, enhance learning through self-paced practice questions, and increase confidence and better prepare students to pass the certification exams. -Payed with Perkins funds if approved by our CTE office

NCRC & ACT WorkKeys Assessments & Curriculum

Beginning this school year, every school district in the state will be provided a license for the ACT WorkKeys Assessments and Curriculum through a state-wide contract. Schools that do not currently have a license may complete a Google form on the Arkansas Department of Career Education's website to request a license and become a testing site. It is your school district's responsibility to request the free license for your district. Students completing the ACT WorkKeys Assessments will earn the National Career Readiness Certificate. Each student will be provided two tests, but only if they fail their first attempt. Students will not be allowed to test twice to improve their score.

Education Activation

EVERFI empowers educators to bring real-world learning into the classroom and equip students with the skills they need for success in the 21st century–now and in the future. Thanks to partners who share this mission, EVERFI’s online resources for teachers are available at no cost.

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EVERFI's digital curriculums empower teachers to bring critical skills education into their classrooms. Our interactive, game-based lessons help prepare students for success in the real world.

FREE for teachers and students

  • Prefered to get certification at the Jr. High Level than High School Level

Certifications NOT free